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HRT team boss Luis Pérez-Sala believes that its current car has reached only 50 percent of its potential, highlighting aerodynamics as main area for improvement. The Spaniard, who spearheaded the squad's relocation to Madrid in 2012, is hopeful that the F112's so far encouraging reliability will offer a strong base for future upgrades.
"I think that, overall, the F112 is a car that has given quite a good result, keeping in mind how it started," said Pérez-Sala. "In winter I had a lot of doubts, because the car was handed to us and we didn’t have enough time to review it.
"The proceedings and deadlines weren’t the usual ones and that forced us to go quicker to make up for lost time and organize the different parties implicated in the project to make it on time.
"But even with all these obstacles, the car has given good results. It has a good base and that’s its biggest strength. It’s a reliable car with good mechanical resistance and it offers a lot of possibilities for its development. I’d say we’re at 50 percent of its potential and we can still extract another 50 percent, mainly in aerodynamics."
Looking ahead to the rest of 2012, Pérez-Sala is focused on remaining comfortably within the 107 percent qualifying rule, before cementing the team's future in the sport.
"For me it would be a success to maintain the reliability we have and improve our performance a little bit more," he continued. "To achieve this I hope that the aero package that we will introduce after the summer will help us to take the next step.
"The objective is to stay between the 104 and 105 percent and have the project for 2013 prepared. If we achieve all of this I’d be satisfied. Besides I hope that the team is fully functioning, with the design and aerodynamics department working at the Caja Mágica, although to achieve this we need a bit more time."
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