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HRT car to make track debut in Bahrain - Kolles

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Mar.5 (GMM) HRT drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok on Thursday pulled the wraps off the grey, white and red formula one car they will race in 2010.

But it is doubtful that the single seater, whose designation was not revealed during the Murcia launch event, will do any track running prior to Friday practice for next week's championship opener in Bahrain.

"In Bahrain we will start to get to know the car," said team boss Colin Kolles, referring to the Cosworth-powered machine that has been designed by the Italian constructor Dallara.

"We have had no time to test. Just being there (in Bahrain) is already a success. It is clear that we are not McLaren," said Kolles, insisting the car is "without vanities".

The president of Spain's motor racing federation Carlos Gracia was at the HRT launch, but he admitted he would have preferred the debut of the first Spanish F1 team to have proceeded without such turmoil.

"We are happy but would like to have come here as was originally planned. There have been too many doubts and criticisms before an historic day," he said in Spanish reports.

One of the doubts is the actual structure of the new ownership, with some connecting Kolles' links with Audi/VW to rumours the team could be relocated to Germany.

Kolles' boss Jose Ramon Carabante called the speculation "absurd" and insists HRT's long-term home will be in Murcia, also with the support of the Spanish region, "regardless of who is leading the team".

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