HRT to maintain reliability and progress during Singapore GP
By Berthold Bouman
HRT are looking to maintain their reliability and progress during round 14 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Singapore Grand Prix. Unknown territory for the team, as only Narain Karthikeyan has acquired some experience on the circuit last year.
“I don’t personally know the Marina Bay Street Circuit but I’m really looking forward to getting to know it since everyone says it’s one of the most beautiful races in the Championship,” said Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala.
And HRT has an important upgrade for the Asian races, “In Singapore we’re incorporating the second major upgrade to the car of the season which we hope will help us take another step forward.”
Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa is looking forward to the event, “I’ve never raced at Singapore but I know the circuit because of my simulator work as a test driver for McLaren. It’s a spectacular track and probably the toughest circuit on the brakes in the entire Championship besides being a very physically demanding race because of the heat and humidity.”
And he further commented, “We should have a good performance as there are many slow corners and it is quite similar to Monaco. Besides, we’ve got an aero upgrade which should help us to cut down the gap to our rivals. I have to make the most of the practice session to adapt to the circuit but I’m up for the challenge.”
Karthikeyan said about the circuit, “The Marina Bay Street Circuit is bumpy and very complicated. You can’t make any mistakes as it is a street circuit. Besides, it’s also very demanding physically because of the high temperatures and humidity.”
Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua will be in the car on Friday morning for the second time. “It will be very exciting to drive a F1 around the streets of Singapore. It’s a very demanding track for all of us, but it will be even more of a challenge for me as this is only the second time I will be driving the car at a race weekend,” said the young driver.
“This is yet again another step in my career and I look forward to getting more experience at the wheel of a Formula 1 car as well as doing my best to help the team to prepare for the race,” he added.
HRT are still the slowest team on the grid, but the Spanish outfit has certainly made progress, and they are looking to beat the Marussia team, who lately have encountered problems that could give HRT the chance they need to finish ahead of the Russian sponsored team.