HRT thinks car suits Hungaroring well and eyes to continue progress
By Berthold Bouman
HRT Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala thinks the HRT F112 will suit the Hungaroring and is aiming to continue the progress the Spanish team recently has made. “Both Pedro and Narain are in a good moment of form and given that in theory our car should adapt better to the characteristics of this track, I hope that we can continue with this progress to achieve a good result before heading out on holiday,” said the Spaniard.
But he also knows it will be difficult for the drivers at the Hungarian Mickey Mouse circuit, “We arrive at a different kind of circuit to the one in Germany because the Hungaroring has a lot of slow turns and few straights, meaning that overtaking isn’t easy.”
Pedro de la Rosa is also confident the car will perform better during the Hungarian Grand Prix. “The Hungaroring is the permanent Monaco and a circuit where I have very good memories since I achieved a podium there in 2006. I’m really looking forward to going this year because it’s a circuit where our car should adapt pretty well, as there are many slow corners. It’s similar to Monaco, and we were pretty competitive there, so I’m full of hope,” said the veteran driver.
And he added, “The asphalt evolves a lot throughout the weekend and the track gets quicker so it’s very important to interpret this. In Germany we had a good performance and a good race so we’re looking forward to Hungary because we should do better there.”
Indian Narain Karthikeyan has only raced once on the Hungarian track, back in 2005 when he raced for Jordan. “I remember it being quite a technical and challenging track. Seven years have passed since then so I’m going to have to work hard and make the most of the practice sessions to get used to the track,” he said.
Unfortunately for him, Dani Clos will again be in the car on Friday morning, so he will only have two free practice session to get used to the track. The young Spaniard, who is HRT’s test and reserve driver, commented, “It will be the third consecutive Grand Prix and the fourth time this season that I get into the F112, and I hope to transform that continuity into a good rhythm and a positive result on the track with which to make my contribution to the team.”
HRT actually did perform well during the German Grand Prix, both drivers finished the race, and de la Rosa even finished ahead of the Marussia of Timo Glock. The Hungarian Grand Prix is the last race before the summer break, next race on the calendar is the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa on September 2.