HRT drivers relieved to qualify in USA
17 November 2012 – Some feared HRT would not manage to qualify for the United States Grand Prix, not least after both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan were outside the 107 percent threshold in final practice. However both men managed the feat for the back row of the grid.
“It was not easy and still not perfect, but I knew that it would be a lot better than yesterday and this morning, on my out-lap, I could already feel the tyres switching on,” the Spaniard begun. “We have struggled with bringing them up to temperature all weekend and, finally, in qualifying we managed…we will do our best tomorrow and fight until the end.”
Karthikeyan’s running was cut short in Q1 due to a fuel pick-up problem.
“Driving was quite challenging in the morning because it was difficult to bring the tyres up to temperature,” the Indian agreed, “but things improved a lot in the afternoon, with a much warmer track…I think we could still have improved on the last laps but the car suddenly stopped; we had a problem with the fuel pick-up that we are now looking into.”