HRT’s Pedro de la Rosa aiming for three stops at Silverstone
By Berthold Bouman
Veteran Pedro de la Rosa thinks three stops for tyres will be exactly right for the British Grand Prix at the demanding Silverstone circuit this weekend. “It’s a quick, high downforce track with a lot of quick corners linked together. It’s very demanding on the tyres, so the logical thing is to go for three stops. Strategies will play a big part,” said the Spaniard.
But the high-speed Silverstone circuit will be very demanding for the HRT F112, de la Rosa admitted, “It’s not the most favourable circuit for us so we’re going to have to grind our teeth because, apart from that, it’s also one of the toughest tracks for a driver. We’re going to try and continue the good work from the last Grands Prix, finish this race and improve on our result in Valencia. That is our objective”.
Team Principal Louis Perez-Sala agrees, and expects some progress as a result of the recent car upgrades, but it will not be an easy race. “We want to see how our car performs at the British track with the latest upgrades because it’s a track that contains various quick turns and that’s where we suffer most,” he said.
Perez-Sala was also happy to announce test and reserve driver Dani Clos will be in the car on Friday morning, “This time he’ll be able to get more out of the session because in Barcelona there were many things to test and he had to focus on them, but now he’ll be able to get the most out of the experience.”
Clos is looking forward to his second outing in the F112, “The work we’re carrying out with the team is positive and I think that I can make a good contribution. I will be able to run in better conditions than in Barcelona because the car was new back then and I had to carry out various aero tests.”
Narain Karthikeyan has fond memories of Silverstone, but hasn’t raced on the new circuit. “Copse and the Becketts complex are special corners and are up there with the most exciting ones in the championship but I don’t know the new part of the circuit as I didn’t race at Silverstone last year so it will take me a few laps to adapt,” he commented.
And asked about his expectations he replied, “After a positive weekend in Valencia, with a good performance in qualifying, I’m hoping to continue from there and build on it in Great Britain.”