Belgian GP: HRT ready to take on any situation at Spa-Francorchamps
By Berthold Bouman
HRT has like all other teams enjoyed a well-deserved summer break this month, and the Spanish outfit is ready for the 12th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Belgian Grand Prix at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the favourite track of many drivers.
“We’ve all returned full of energy from the holidays and I personally arrive in my best physical condition of the season and really looking forward to taking on the second half of the championship,” said Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa.
De la Rosa also likes the track, “Spa is one of the drivers’ favourite tracks; it’s spectacular and difficult, not only because of the type of corners but also because of the weather, since one part of the track can be dry whilst another is wet, so you have to be able to adapt quickly. We’re going to use the same medium downforce that worked so well in Canada so we hope to perform well despite the large amount of high-speed corners.”
Narain Karthikeyan also has good memories of the track and he loves it as well. “Even though a lot of run-off has been added over the years, it still has some of the most challenging corners on the calendar,” said the Indian driver.
And he added, “And then there’s the classic Spa weather which nearly always plays a part in the final result. We’ll be using the same medium rear wing which worked well in Canada so we hope it goes well in Spa and aim to maintain our progress throughout the second part of the championship.”
Dani Clos will be behind the wheel again on Friday morning, and the Spaniard is looking forward to another outing in the F112, “Once again I have a chance to step into the car and work for the team and that fills me with satisfaction. For me it is really important to stay active and be able to continue growing alongside my team mates Pedro and Narain.”
Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala also enjoyed his holiday and is ready to roll again. “After the summer we head into the Belgian Grand Prix with a lot of hunger and desire. We’re starting the second part of the championship and we will try to continue in the same manner as the first part and improve,” said the Spaniard.
About the circuit he commented, “It is a medium-downforce circuit and the temperatures aren’t extreme so we shouldn’t have any reliability issues. The weather is always unpredictable in Spa so we have to be ready to take on any situation”.