Hispania unveiled their 2011 F1 car on Friday with just one full day of testing left before the Australian season-opener and some parts caught in customs.
Even as Narain Karthikeyan and Italy's Vitantonio Liuzzi pulled the wraps off the car, tired team principal Colin Kolles recognised that at least one driver might have to wait until Melbourne to drive it for the first time. "We are trying to prepare it to run it," he told Reuters in the Circuit de Catalunya pitlane after mechanics had wheeled the Cosworth-powered car out of the garage.
"We will do systems checks, the fire-up and then we will see," added Kolles, who said he had just two hours sleep before flying in from Stuttgart for the launch of the last of the 2011 cars.
"We still wait for some suspension parts for dampers which are in customs...we just have to get it out somehow and the plan is to run tomorrow."
Strugglers HRT were one of three new teams last season, all of whom failed to score a point, and did not test their 2010 car until first practice in Bahrain that year. The team has tested with their old car, giving Karthikeyan - who last raced for Jordan in 2005 - a chance to get some laps under his belt.