The HRT F1 team officially opened the doors to its new headquarters today at the Caja Magica in Madrid.
Team boss Luis Perez-Sala and drivers Pedro de la Rosa, Dani Clos and Ma Qing Hua acted as hosts at the event, with press, sponsors, suppliers and friends of the team all being shown around the new facilities.
“We're extremely proud to have finally opened our doors to everyone and have shown what, since a few months ago, is HRT's home,” Perez-Sala said. “It's been a lot of hard work but it's a dream that has finally come true and an exciting project.
“This is the present but we continue to work looking ahead to the future to make this a top level sporting and technological centre and surely, with the help of everyone, we will achieve this.”
“It's a pleasure to share such an important moment for the team with all of you. We're satisfied because we've reached one of our targets which was to have modern and functional facilities like the ones at the Caja Magica. And we've achieved it,” de la Rosa added.
“We're on the right path to consolidate ourselves and gain confidence and competitiveness. Being in the Caja Mágica will definitely help us to be quicker every day. As a facility it's right up there with the rest. We've taken the first step but now we must take the next one and develop it for it to become a leading sporting and technological centre”.
Mayoress of Madrid, Honourable Madam Ana Botella and president of the Spanish Motorsport Federation and vice-president of the FIA, Carlos Gracia meanwhile both welcomed the team to the Caja Magica.
“I would like to thank HRT for choosing Madrid to set up its headquarters. I congratulate them for being the first Spanish team to obtain a F1 license, there are only 12 teams and just being there is very important for Spain,” said Botella. “They've written a golden page in the history of Spanish motorsport and for the people of Madrid it's an honour and a privilege to have them here.
“In the Caja Mágica they have chosen the best facilities to become a sporting and technological icon and with this we are going to help Madrid to continue progressing and become an innovative city. With their presence we strengthen a sport that has thousands of followers and we give the citizens of Madrid a chance to get to know the F1 world on the inside. I wish them the best of luck as their triumphs are also those of the people from Madrid and Spain”.
Garcia added: “Today is a very important day because we needed a Spanish F1 team in Spain and now we have it. A few weeks ago I accompanied Jean Todt when he visited the facilities and he was impressed with what he saw. They've completed it in a record time, I've been by their side through this period and the effort they've put in is impressive and something we have to value, no one can complete a project like that. I've seen teams with more tradition who have been in F1 for longer but I've never come across such a hungry and united team. We've achieved a lot but we must be patient, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of world motorsport and just being here and finishing races is a lot.
“I want to thank the Mayoress for making this possible. The Caja Mágica is a magical project and I hope she feels proud”.