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Q&A - Luis Perez-Sala, HRT

The task ahead of us, with the design of the car and change of headquarters, is huge. Formula 1 is very complicated and implies a lot of preparation work as it so, in this respect, HRT is a little bit behind other teams. We will feel the effects of this transformation the team is going through and will have “pay” for it at the start of the season. We're not going to be at the same level as when we finished this past season, where the same team had been running for two years, but we're aware of that. We're taking a step back so that we can take two forward. 2012 will be an important year for us to settle and face a more natural and stable situation in 2013.

Q:
Pedro de la Rosa said that one of the main reasons for him to join this project was you and Saúl Ruiz de Marcos. How do you assess that?

Luis Perez-Sala:
It makes me very happy that Pedro has trusted so much in us and I hope that we can return his trust with results. As our relationship grows I hope that he feels proud to have made this decision.

Q:
Talking of drivers, at what stage is the decision regarding the second driver?

Luis Perez-Sala:
We are in advanced talks with several drivers but we can't anticipate anything yet. It's a decision we surely won't make until the start of next year because, at this stage, who will be the team's second driver for next season is perhaps the least urgent one right now.

Q:
The other question is where the team's base will be. What can you tell us with regards to this?

Luis Perez-Sala:
Right now we are working at a provisional base in Valencia until the location of the permanent headquarters is defined. There a few strong options but nothing is closed yet. Once everything is sealed we will make it official.




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