HRT aims to be more competitive during German Grand Prix
By Berthold Bouman
HRT aims to be more competitive and to improve its reliability at the German Hockenheim circuit, according to Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala. “The F112 adapts better to the characteristics of the new Hockenheim, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be favourable for us. Our objective for this Grand Prix is to maintain our competitiveness and reliability so that we can continue to advance with the consolidation of the team,” said the Spanish ex-Formula One driver.
Perez-Sala also confirmed Dani Clos will be in the car on Friday morning, “We’re giving Dani a new opportunity to run in Friday’s free practice session and we hope that this time he can make the most of the session.”
Of course the young Spaniard is happy to be back in the car again, “I wasn’t able to do much mileage in Silverstone because of the weather but my sensations and the work we did were very positive both for me and the team. We did a great job on a wet track and, although it was brief, it was very intense. Hockenheim will be a good opportunity to improve and do more miles with the F112.”
Veteran driver Pedro de la Rosa hopes the German circuit will suit the HRT a bit more, “Hockenheim is a circuit which is a little bit more favourable for us than Silverstone because it’s made up almost entirely of slow corners, except for the first one which is quick. We haven’t brought any upgrades to this track so we’ll try to get the most out of the car with the different options at our disposal.”
Narain Karthikeyan hopes to improve the long-term competitiveness, “In the last few races we have proved that our car is quick in qualifying but we haven’t yet shown it over a race distance. We’ve been working on that and in Germany we are aiming to give our main rivals a fight throughout the entire race”.
About the circuit he said, “The new Hockenheim circuit is quite different to the old one, which for my liking was more exciting. Before it was quick but now it is slower and a high-downforce track, it is also quite short, not too complicated and very stop-and-go.”
HRT has yet to score their first World Championship points, de la Rosa scored his last points with BMW-Sauber during the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix (he was seventh and scored six points), while Karthikeyan scored his last points during the famous 2005 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, only six cars started in this race, he became fourth for Jordan and scored five points.