HRT will not test in Barcelona
3 March 2012 – HRT will not be ready in time to test this week, the team has confirmed. Having been delayed by the failure of two crash tests, the Spanish outfit had hoped to run its new F112 on Sunday at the Circuit de Catalunya. Unless a filming day can be arranged, it will shake down its 2012 contender in Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
“We won't be able to make it for Sunday,” a team spokesperson explained to GPUpdate.net at the Circuit de Catalunya. “We are now evaluating what other options have we got but we will know more tomorrow.”
The news confirms that HRT is yet to attend any pre-season test session with a new car, having made its debut in Formula 1 at the start of 2010. This year, the squad is running Pedro de la Rosa alongside Narain Karthikeyan, who is retained.
So far, de la Rosa has completed two days of running in Jerez with the 2011 car, whereas his team-mate has not driven since the Indian Grand Prix in October. If a filming day does take place, it will be staged at the track next week.