HRT: We knew what we were in for
16 March 2012 – HRT was not surprised by its assortment of problems in Australian Grand Prix practice on Friday afternoon. After delaying scrutineering to finish assembling Pedro de la Rosa’s car, the Spaniard managed just a single lap while team-mate Narain Karthikeyan was forced to stop on-track in both of the practice sessions.
“It’s been a complicated day but we knew what we were in for,” admitted Team Principal Luis Pérez-Sala. “The fact that we haven’t done pre-season testing means that we must get things right, not get ahead of ourselves and detect problems in order to fix them. What the majority of teams have done during winter, we have to do here.
“Narain was able to complete 19 laps and accumulate certain information. Pedro could only get through one lap, but it was an important one because the team has worked non-stop to make sure the car was finished on time for today, and they achieved it. Tomorrow we will continue to progress.”
Prior to Melbourne, HRT had managed just one filming session in Barcelona; this came after the failure of two FIA crash tests, which delayed the restructured squad in pre-season testing.