Hispania Racing could only manage as far as the back row of the grid in Valencia once again, with Karun Chandhok this time out-qualifying teammate Bruno Senna.
Team principal Colin Kolles revealed after qualifying that he had been hoping for a better result today. “We expected more than the result we did today,” he said. “Even if we could fix the problems we had on both cars yesterday, unfortunately, we couldn't perform as well as we did in the races before.
“The lap times of the new teams are close and if you do a small mistake on a street circuit like this, you get pushed back on the grid. But we will be well prepared for tomorrow's race and we hope to fight for positions with the other teams again.”
Karun Chandhok however, was fairly happy with the day’s efforts, considering he had out-qualified his teammate. “I am very pleased with how it went today,” said the Indian driver. “We had a far more productive practice session this morning and played a lot with the electronic settings on my car which was very useful for qualifying.
“My fastest lap was pretty good – it’s never neat and tidy around here but I think I got the maximum from the car this afternoon. The temperature is expected to be quite high again tomorrow so it will be a tough race for the cars, tyres and drivers.
“Our race pace has generally been good so I am looking forward to a long race tomorrow.”
Bruno Senna thinks that he should have done better today, and is hoping for a better showing during the race. “It was a difficult qualifying session today when the track improved a bit,” said the Brazilian. “But I didn't get my lap together and I lost a lot of time. Unfortunately, I couldn't end up with a better result than this. But it is going to be a long race tomorrow and I hope to do a better job then.”