Eleven seconds are more than just worlds in Formula 1. But the huge gap to the top is not due to Senna's lack of driving skills, but to the chaotic circumstances around his team H ispania Racing .
The roll-out was free practice
At the last minute, Colin Kolles took over the leadership of the former Campos team and made it possible to start the season opener in Bahrain within a few days. Due to financial problems in winter, the team could neither test nor complete a roll-out. Senna sat in his fully assembled work machine for the first time in free practice.
The rookie did 20 laps on Friday. But no comparison to the 7,320 test kilometers that Ferrari was able to cover before the season. No wonder that the time monitor showed a gap of eleven seconds. 'It was a relief to make history today,' said Senna after the first Formula 1 kilometers for himself and the new team. 'The car ran as planned and everyone is happy and proud.'
Karun Chandhok didn't even get to drive
That certainly applies to his team-mate Karun Chandhok Not. The Indian, who is contesting his first Formula 1 race in Bahrain, never came out of the pits in the free practice sessions. The Indian complained on Twitter that he was frustrated that the mechanics couldn't finish the car despite 40 hours of work. Problems with the clutch and gearbox prevented the debut.
But Senna is also aware that there is still a lot of work waiting for the team. Nevertheless, he sees the situation as positive. 'Three laps this morning and 17 in the afternoon is a great start,' he said. 'Of course we couldn't test the car to the limit.' Team boss Colin Kolles also knows that not everything can work right away. 'Today the focus was on being operational and everything running smoothly. We're taking things step by step and building our competitiveness over the weekend and the season.'