Senna claims HRT chassis is damaged
May 12, 2010
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Bruno Senna's recent poor qualifying may have been caused by chassis damage
Bruno Senna believes that his HRT chassis may be carrying a problem, which has been causing him difficulties in recent races.
His team-mate, Karun Chandhok, out-qualified him in Spain by 4 tenths of a second, and Bruno believes that this may have been caused by damage to the chassis. He is quoted by Brazil’s Globo as saying:
"There is something wrong at the back and we have still not found
what it is. I only know that it has been eating up the tyres.
Perhaps the floor is loose, we don't know, but whatever it is, it's
serious. If we don't find what it is then it is possible I will
have to make several pitstops, because the tyres are not going to
last. (referring to Spanish GP)"
It may well explain why Chandhok has out-qualified him in 2 out of the last 3 races. If it was the case, I would be amazed as how to the HRT mechanics haven’t spotted it yet, especially if it with the floor as he suggests.
Driving the worst car on the grid must be extremely challenging for Senna and Chandhok, and problems like this really don’t help at all. For Monaco next weekend, their critical lack of downforce will mean they will almost certainly be stuck at the back.