HRT applies for dispensation to race
17 March 2012 – HRT has put forward an official request to take part in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, despite both of its cars missing the 107 cut-off time for the second consecutive year.
As Lewis Hamilton recorded a pole lap of 1:24.922, HRT’s best was 1:33.495 with Pedro de la Rosa – almost two seconds slower than the Marussia of Charles Pic.
“It’s obvious that we still have a lot of work ahead to be where we should be and even more to improve on that potential, but today was the first time we were able to complete both sessions with both cars and that is positive,” says Luis Pérez-Sala, HRT Team Principal.
“Although today wasn’t the result we desired, we’ve fixed some of yesterday’s issues and were able to spot out the weakest points. Now we can work on them and find a solution. These solutions aren’t immediate but with every day and every session we’re in better conditions. Time is precious and next week in Malaysia we’ll have another four sessions to prepare for the next race.”
Between seasons, the Spanish team has undergone a significant technical reshuffle.
HRT not permitted to race in Melbourne