De la Rosa delighted as HRT makes step forward
25 March 2012 – The Malaysian Grand Prix was a story of ‘what might have been’ for Pedro de la Rosa, whose alternative strategy was ruined when his HRT stalled at the start of the Formation Lap. Despite this, the Spaniard experienced an enjoyable afternoon en route to 22nd place behind team-mate Narain Karthikeyan, who ran as high as eighth.
Sepang marked HRT’s first race of 2012, having failed to qualify in Melbourne.
“I must say, I really enjoyed myself in that race,” de la Rosa commented. “It really was the best race to make my debut with HRT. I don’t think anyone could imagine we would finish after starting from the pit lane due to an issue with the fuel pressure that we were dragging over from yesterday. I was penalised with a drive-through penalty, we completed our first real pit-stop… to sum up, a lot of things happened but, in the end, the car held out really well given where we were at the beginning.
“We have to improve many things but this was a perfect test. My team-mate also finished, so that’s doubly satisfying. I’m very happy for the team, we accomplished our objective. Now we have to go a little bit further.”
2012 marks de la Rosa’s first full F1 season for ten years, having competed with Jaguar in 2002 before sporadic stints with McLaren and Sauber between 2005 and 2011.