HRT hoping for trouble-free weekend at Monaco
By Berthold Bouman
Like all other teams HRT is getting ready for the toughest race of the year: the Monaco Grand Prix. HRT has last week completed the move to their new headquarters at the Caja Mágica in Madrid, an ultra-modern facility with brand-new management, administration, operations and engineering areas.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s a dream that has finally come true and an exciting project. This is the present but we continue to work looking ahead to the future to make this a top level sporting and technological centre and surely, with the help of everyone, we will achieve this,” said HRT Team Principal and ex-Formula One driver Luis Perez-Sala.
About Monaco Perez-Sala said, “It’s a very demanding track mechanically, where drivers need great ability and suffer physically and psychologically because you can’t make any slip-ups and therefore you need to be fully focused at all times.”
And he added, “It’s a tough test for the car’s reliability and even more so if it is hot. We have minor upgrades for this race which we hope will help us to close the gap to the front pack.”
Driver Pedro de la Rosa describes the circuit and the problems drivers encounter. ”Monaco is by far the most difficult and technical circuit in the entire Championship. The only trick to this track is to do miles and not change the car’s set-up too much because you can find more time in the driver than in the car.”
Qualifying will be the biggest problem, de la Rosa reckons, “Another major difficulty at this track is the traffic, it’s vital to complete a clean lap and make the most of it. Pirelli is bringing its soft and super-soft tyres so it’s even more important to do a good first lap with the super-softs as you won’t have two laps with them.”
Narain Karthikeyan agrees with his Spanish team mate, “It’s not every day that you get to race in such a beautiful setting and with such a special vibe surrounding the race. It’s one of the toughest races because you’re so close to the guardrails that you know you can’t make one single mistake.”
Karthikeyan encountered a lot of problems during the Spanish Grand Prix and was plagued by cooling problems, which meant he was only able to complete a few laps in free practice. “I am hoping for better luck this time and to get a proper chance to work with the updates we brought in Spain and have a trouble-free weekend,” the Indian commented.