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Q&A: Luis Perez-Sala (HRT)

The combination of Pedro and Narain as official drivers, Dani as reserve driver and Ma in the development programme is proving to be very positive. What would you highlight about each one?

Luis Perez-Sala:
I'd highlight everything about Pedro. He's an extraordinary person and an excellent driver. Apart from his experience he's got a lot of common sense and he acts as the leader of the team. There's no doubt that he's the cornerstone of this project. From Narain I'd emphasize his experience, safety and speed, besides the stability he contributes to the team. Dani is a young driver, with strength and ambition and he's adapted phenomenally well to the team in a position which isn't easy, which is that of the reserve driver. Ma is a driver who will surprise us all because he has great potential. We saw it when he tested the F112 in Silverstone, where he showed his quality. He's a hard worker and he has also adapted perfectly. I'm very proud and satisfied with the structure of drivers that we have and each one plays their role perfectly.

Q:
What needs to happen for you to consider this a successful season once the championship is over?

Luis Perez-Sala:
For me it would be a success to maintain the reliability we have and improve our performance a little bit more. 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% 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.

Q:
Formula 1 is going through a period of changes with the renegotiation of the Concorde Agreement or the new engines for 2014. What's the team's view on each of these very important issues for the future?

Luis Perez-Sala:
HRT Formula 1 Team's standpoint is open for now. As for the new ruling on engines, we're waiting to have all the possible information, especially with everything related to the costs that this change implies. We still don't know all the details, but for us it is of vital importance to know them to see where we stand and what decision we make because this takes up between 15 and 20% of the team's budget. This is a change that needs important planning that must be done well. As for the Concorde Agreement, I don't think there will be any problems because, although we're a small team, we feel that we're taken into consideration and supported.

Q:
After some months of heavy work, what plans do you have for the holidays?

Luis Perez-Sala:
I'm staying with my family in Spain and we're going to spend some days by the beach and others in the mountains. I'm really looking forward to spending some time with them and to disconnect to gain some strength because we've got a great end to the season ahead.



Tagged as: 2012 , HRT

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