HRT have set their sights on beating rivals Virgin in the Turkish Grand Prix.
The Spanish team, which did little development work during 2010, are bringing “aerodynamic and mechanical updates” for the Istanbul race.
Team principal Colin Kolles said: “I believe that the Turkish Grand Prix should see Hispania Racing take the next step.
“Istanbul Park is a track that, due to its nature, should be favourable for us, add to that the fact that we have aerodynamic and mechanical updates for this race and I think that, if the data is confirmed on track, we should be able to beat our closest rivals.”
“Our aim for the weekend is to close the gap with respect to our closest competitors in qualifying and fight for positions in the race, hopefully getting both cars over the finish line. Hispania Racing has made significant progress since the start of the season, we are working very hard to improve and definitely will improve”.
Vitantonio Liuzzi said the team can “surprise” people in Turkey:
“Our target for Turkey is to verify that our updates are working as per plan, closing the gap on the leader and obviously finishing the race ahead of our direct competitors.
“If everything goes to plan, I think Hispania Racing can surprise a lot of people by closing the gap considerably with respect to other teams thereby showing how serious our intentions of growing are”.
Liuzzi was around a second off the quickest of the Virgins in qualifying in the last two races in Malaysia and China.
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