Pedro de la Rosa says he is keen to maintain the progress made by HRT in Canada when the team returns to home soil for the European Grand Prix in Valencia next weekend.

The Spaniard produced his most competitive performance to date last time out in Montreal to run ahead of Marussia pair Charles Pic and Timo Glock before being forced into retirement with a braking issue.

However, de la Rosa said he was hopeful of another decent showing from the Madrid-based team in its second home race of the year even if the Valencia circuit isn't one that will be as well suited to the F112.

"Just like in Barcelona, I'm really looking forward to racing in front of our home fans in Valencia," he said. "At the Valencia Street Circuit we will encounter high air and track temperatures so the brakes will be put through their paces once again, but we're confident we can make the necessary modifications to overcome the problems we experienced in Canada.

"Valencia has long straights but overtaking isn't easy and it is a high-downforce track. I think we can do quite well here, although it's not as favourable to our car as Canada, because there are a lot of braking areas and slow corners which are good for us. We're looking forward to putting in a good performance in front of our fans and we want to continue with our progress from the last few races, where we've been at a good standard, but here we want to confirm this improvement in the race."

Team-mate Narain Karthikeyan, who retired in Canada with a similar issue to de la Rosa, is also hopeful of a strong weekend.

"Valencia will be our third street circuit in a row, and our team's second home race," he said. "It is our second visit to Spain in just about five weeks but the circuit is as different as it could be compared to Barcelona. It shares some characteristics with Montreal and Monte Carlo, like emphasis on low-speed traction so I expect our car to do well here.

"Yes the walls are close but the adrenaline factor isn't close to Monaco or even Montreal. But on the back of the promise we showed in Canada, I'm looking forward to the race and hopefully we'll have a chance to build on it this time."


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