F1 »

Clos: It was an unbelievable feeling!

Dani Clos enjoys his F1 debut in Spain but its a more troubled day for HRT team-mate Narain Karthikeyan


Dani Clos insisted it was an 'unbelievable feeling' to hit the track for his first run in an official F1 session after taking over Narain Karthikeyan's HRT for the first practice session of the weekend in Barcelona.

The Spaniard, who has spent recent seasons competing in GP2, joined Pedro de la Rosa in an all-Spanish line-up for the first session and managed a total of 19 laps as the team worked on trying out aerodynamic upgrades introduced for the first race of the season on European soil.

Although an electrical issue hit his car right at the end of the session, Clos declared himself happy with the way his time at the wheel of the car had panned out.

"I'm happy to have got into the car for the first time today, albeit for a short first encounter,” he said. “The feeling I had when I left the pits and saw the Spanish crowd, whilst driving for a Spanish team alongside Pedro, was unbelievable.

“It was my first time in the new car and I wasn't 100 per cent comfortable since the car is built for Narain, so I had to adapt. We were able to carry out some aerodynamic work and try out some different things on the car so I'm pleased to have completed my job for the team”.

It would turn out to be a more frustrating day for Karthikeyan however when he was unable to set a time in FP2 after the team was unable to resolve the issues that halted Clos at the end of FP1.

"I'm disappointed to have not got any laps under my belt today; it's certainly not how I was aiming to start my weekend in Barcelona,” he said. “Tomorrow will be an uphill struggle as we've only got one hour in the morning to get the car ready for qualifying in the afternoon, so we're really going to have to get our heads down and work hard. Hopefully we can make up for the time lost today and turn things around tomorrow.”

Karthikeyan's issues meant it was down to de la Rosa to conduct as much running as possible in FP2, with 25 laps in the second session alone as he ended the day with the 25th fastest time.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
11.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Dani Clos (ESP), Test driver HRT
Rene Dreyfus and Tazio Nuvolari at the 1935 Grand Prix de Pau
Pic credit: Agence de presse Meurisse‏ [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver leaves the pits.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari F14-T Development Driver.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
04.07.2014 - Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
25.05.2014- Tasha de Vasconcelos, Model and Actress.
25.05.2014- Tasha de Vasconcelos, Model and Actress and Sir Jackie Stewart (GBR)
25.05.2014- Tasha de Vasconcelos, Model and Actress and Sir Jackie Stewart (GBR)
25.05.2014- (L-R) Sir Jackie Stewart (GBR), Tasha de Vasconcelos, Model and Actress and Alain Prost
24.05.2014- Free Practice 3, Pedro de La Rosa (ESP), Test Driver Ferrari
Maria de la Rosa (ESP), at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.
23.05.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Friday.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.