Formula One Hispania Racing Team (HRT) are confident of a turnaround in their fortunes this season with India's Narain Karthikeyan at the wheel.
Team Principal Colin Kolles, who has known Karthikeyan from his days with Jordan, reckons the Indian is fitter and faster than before.
“We are hoping for a better performance for sure. Last season was the first one for some people in the Team, including the drivers. And we are working hard on the more developed and improved car,” Kolles said.
“I have known Karthikeyan for a long time. His experience is valuable, having raced for Jordan and test driven as reserve driver for Williams F1, besides other important racing series,” he said.
The Madrid-based side failed to earn a point in the 2010 season and shared the back of the grid with other low budget teams like Virgin and Lotus.
Kolles said the dynamics of the car had changed for better.
“We have a Williams rear end with the hydraulics and the Cosworth engine. A package that was able to qualify in the top ten last year. Anyway, we have to be realistic,” he said.
The German is now looking to fill the second seat and was quick to rule out the name of last season's driver Karun Chandhok, the second Indian to drive a F1 car after Karthikeyan.