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Narain Karthikeyan says HRT aren't a 'Mickey Mouse' team despite pre-season woes
Narain Karthikeyan insists that HRT aren't a 'Mickey Mouse' team after failing to take part in the final pre-season test of the year in Spain.

The team now hopes to complete a filming day at Catalunya to at least put some mileage on its 2012 car ahead of the first round of the season in Australia, although that mileage would be severely restricted and wouldn't be on Pirelli's 2012 race tyres.

Even if that filming day takes place, HRT will go into the campaign without any serious running for the third successive season but Karthikeyan insisted that the team was ready to take a step forwards during the year ahead.

"I've seen the car and it looks a lot better (than last year's)," he told Reuters. "We have a lot of experienced people in the team and everyone knows what they are doing. This is not a Mickey Mouse team. We are definitely in a better position than last year.”

Team-mate Pedro de la Rosa had already expressed his hopes that the team would complete a filming day on Monday [See separate story HERE], with Karthikeyan saying the team 'basically needed another 24 hours' having failed to make it out on track for the final day of testing.



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25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
25.11.2012- Race, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 leads Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
25.11.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
25.11.2012- Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112

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Estalia Gomez - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 6:33 PM

HRT would be s.h.i.t in sports cars, touring cars or even club racing. Why carry on this way, you are a sad joke. The only reason to compete at something is so that you can win. Stop wasting your energy and do something you are capable of. It aint racing cars

Al Sim - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 6:08 PM

It concerns me that teams can turn up for the first race of the season with an untested car. For safety's sake it should be mandatory that all teams take part in pre season testing.



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