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HRT to take updates to home race

Luis Perez-Sala: It's the first Grand Prix we travel to after having moved into our new headquarters, starting a great new chapter in the history of the team.

HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala has confirmed that the squad will take some updates to Barcelona next week for the team's home race.

The Spanish-based outfit was the only team not in action this week at the Mugello test, opting instead to throw all its energies into completing its relocation to Madrid's Caja Magica, which the owners hope will finally bring the disparate sections of the operation together under one roof after two seasons of trying to juggle various bases.

Speaking in the countdown to the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship, Perez-Sala added they will go to the Circuit de Catalunya in a much more organised state, ready to start a 'great new chapter'.

“We're really looking forward to taking part in this Grand Prix, which is the first time we'll be racing at home this season,” he said. “Showing our cars and our team in Spain is an added motivation and we're looking to have a good weekend and finish the race without any trouble to continue in our process of improving little by little.

“After the first four races we're heading into this one with much more calm. We arrive more organised and better prepared after having rested a bit this week.

“We're bringing some updates to Montmeló, which we hope will take us one step forwards in terms of performance and reliability. It's the first Grand Prix we travel to after having moved into our new headquarters, starting a great new chapter in the history of the team.”

Lead driver Pedro de la Rosa meanwhile is also looking forward to the event and he wants to enjoy racing on home soil as much as possible.

“The Spanish Grand Prix is the most important race for a Spanish driver, but this time it will be even more special for me because I'm racing with a Spanish team in my city of birth,” he explained. “At this circuit aerodynamics are important and it will be an important test for our upgrades.

“The track is also very tough on the tyres. Not going to Mugello wasn't an easy decision but it was important to go to the headquarters for the first time and work calmly because it's the first time my car is in Europe. For the first time the mechanics have had the time to dismantle the car, build it and assemble it.

“In Barcelona we are going to try and do the best we can, as always, but even more so at this Grand Prix. We're playing at home in front of the best fans in the world.

“We're looking forward to it and it's something historic for us, so I'm going to enjoy it as much as possible”.



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20.04.2012-  Free Practice 2, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
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20.04.2012- Free Practice 1, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
19.04.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
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USA1 - Unregistered

May 04, 2012 3:36 PM

With the small budget they have and the fact yes fact that they have not finished last in the standing since they started as Virgin has that honor I think it is good that they have moved into their new factory and can now work full on at improving their car. Someone has to finish last and for the past two years that was Virgin not HRT. As for those complaining the back markers cause problems maybe the drivers need to become better drivers in the front running teams. I do not hear the big dogs in sports car racing cry about the lessor divisions that race on the same track at the same time as them with much greater speed differences. Since when did racing become you have to pull over and let everyone by? The real best drivers are in sports car racing not Formula One.



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