De la Rosa positive despite double DNF
11 June 2012 – Pedro de la Rosa was particularly optimistic heading into the Canadian Grand Prix, having out-qualified both Marussias in a car which was looking after its tyres particularly well. He was saddened after both he and team-mate Narain Karthikeyan retired in the early stages on Sunday, but upbeat because of the improvement.
After the Indian spun at Turn 1 before stopping at Turn 4, the Spaniard’s race ended in the pit lane with overheating and heavily smoking brakes.
“Although it might sound surprising, I’ve got a good taste in my mouth because we’ve completed the best weekend of the year and I had a lot of fun ahead of the Marussias and close behind the Caterhams.
"I take away the most important thing and that is that we’ve improved notably - and that is very satisfying.”
HRT is effectively a new team for 2012, with José Ramón Carabante’s Hispania Group having sold the outfit to financial institution Thesan Capital.