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HRT 'proud' going into season opener

Luis Perez-Sala says he is proud of HRT for the work carried out over the off-season
HRT team boss Luis Perez-Sala says he is proud of the Spanish outfit for being ready for the opening round of the new F1 season in Australia after a troubled winter.

The team has undergone a series of changes over the winter, with Perez-Sala taking over control of the team from Colin Kolles and the team relocating to a new home in Spain.

Failure to pass the FIA's mandatory crash test meant the new F112 failed to complete any proper pre-season testing, with its only run coming in a filming day in Barcelona on Monday.

Despite the struggles, Perez-Sala said he was proud of his team for battling through the winter, even if he admitted that the hard work is only just starting.

“It doesn't seem true but the first race of the season is already upon us,” he said. “We've spent three months working relentlessly, but the team and the car are ready for the great task ahead of us. We have done a lot of things since the last race of 2011 in Brazil and I'm very proud of the entire team but, without a doubt, the hardest part comes now.

“We know where we are but also where we wish to be and with the team spirit and sacrifice that we have shown, I'm convinced that we can achieve it.”

Narain Karthikeyan, who completed the first laps with the new car at Catalunya, was also quick to praise the team for getting the car together in time, even if missing pre-season testing for the third straight season wasn't ideal.

"I'm feeling positive ahead of the Australian Grand Prix after having completed ten laps with the new F112 last Monday,” he said. “Of course this was only a first contact and we didn't push it to the limit but the important thing was to get the ball rolling. It's not ideal to miss testing but we must look forward now.

“The new management have done an incredible job putting everything together and we'll do the best we can to continue progressing. We're in the right direction. Last year we only managed to complete five laps in the third practice session and failed to qualify for the race, so I'm looking to etch out that memory.”



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(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team with team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Andrew Green (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Technical Director; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Development Driver and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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(L to R): Andrew Green (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Technical Director; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Robert Fernley (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Deputy Team Principal, and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner with Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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(L to R): David Croft (GBR) Sky Sports Commentator with Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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(L to R): Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Development Driver; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Development Driver, with the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
22.02.2017.
(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team, with the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
22.02.2017.
(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with team mate Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team unveil the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team unveil the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
22.02.2017.
(L to R): David Croft (GBR) Sky Sports Commentator; Natalie Pinkham (GBR) Sky Sports Presenter; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Otmar Szafnauer (USA) Sahara Force India F1 Chief Operating Officer; Andrew Green (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Technical Director.
22.02.2017.
(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
22.02.2017.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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