Kolles: De la Rosa a fundamental foundation
21 November 2011 – Colin Kolles is convinced that employing the experienced Pedro de la Rosa is a vital key in achieving success with HRT. The return of the Barcelona driver, who will be 41 by the time the 2012 season begins, was confirmed from Spain on Monday afternoon.
“The team’s objective has always been to reinforce itself in every aspect: economically, technically and in a sporting aspect,” says Team Principal Kolles. “Without a doubt, the addition of Pedro de la Rosa for next year will be a fundamental foundation in the development of our project.
“We are a young team that needs to continue progressing and with this incorporation I am convinced that we will do just that. Apart from being a great person, he is an experienced driver as his career and prestige in Formula 1 prove. I give him my most sincere welcome.
"I am sure that he will adapt perfectly and that together we will achieve great things.”
Then known as Hispania Racing, HRT entered F1 at the start of 2010 as one of three news teams alongside Lotus and Virgin. The Murcia-based outfit is now owned by Spanish company Thesan Capital.
De la Rosa to return with HRT in 2012