Second home Grand Prix for HRT at Valencia
By Berthold Bouman
Despite a disastrous weekend in Canada where both F112 HRT cars had to retire with overheated brakes, the Spanish outfit remains optimistic ahead of round eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain. Valencia, the fourth street circuit on this year’s calendar, will again be a test for the brakes, but Pedro de la Rosa is confident the problems have been solved.
“At the Valencia Street Circuit we will encounter high air and track temperatures so the brakes will be put through their paces once again, but we’re confident we can make the necessary modifications to overcome the problems we experienced in Canada,” said the Spanish veteran driver.
About the circuit he said, “Valencia has long straights but overtaking isn’t easy and it is a high-downforce track. I think we can do quite well here, although it’s not as favourable to our car as Canada, because there are a lot of braking areas and slow corners which are good for us.”
Narain Karthikeyan shares de la Rosa’s view on the Valencia circuit, “It shares some characteristics with Montreal and Monte Carlo, like emphasis on low-speed traction so I expect our car to do well here.” And the Indian driver added, “Yes the walls are close but the adrenaline factor isn’t close to Monaco or even Montreal. But on the back of the promise we showed in Canada, I’m looking forward to the race and hopefully we’ll have a chance to build on it this time.”
Team Principal Louis Perez-Sala is also looking forward to the second home Grand Prix, and he hopes his team can build on the progress they made in Canada. “In Canada we were quick and performed well but were unable to finish the race. In Valencia we want to confirm this progress and achieve a good result, plus doing so in front of the Spanish public is even more special.”
Asked whether it helps to be cheered on by a home crowd, de la Rosa remarked, “We’re looking forward to putting in a good performance in front of our fans and we want to continue with our progress from the last few races, where we’ve been at a good standard, but here we want to confirm this improvement in the race.”