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De la Rosa saddened by HRT troubles

Pedro de la Rosa saddened by HRT's apparent slide towards closure

Pedro de la Rosa has admitted he is saddened by the apparently inevitable demise of the HRT team.

The Spanish team has been placed up for sale by owners Thesan Capital, with reports that the workforce has been told it is no longer required and that the team's base has already been stripped down pending a sale.

Whether a buyer will be found or not is currently unclear, but with many feeling that the Brazilian Grand Prix could have been the final race for the team, de la Rosa – who had signed a multi-year deal to race for HRT – said it was a sad moment for all involved.

"We have finished the season with so much uncertainty about what will happen now," he was quoted as telling the Antena 3 television station. "Are we going to continue, are we changing the name ... it makes me feel bad because when I talk to the mechanics I don't know if it is the last time we work together. We started the project thinking it would be long term.

"Whatever happens, for many reasons, the team will not be Spanish and that's the biggest sadness I have. We will probably never see a Spanish team in Formula One again."



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Harold - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 12:42 PM

The sport needs to do more for the small teams. The big teams have too many people working for them. There should be a budget and resources cap including team personnel. If 5000 people work in formula 1 i would rather see 20 teams of 250 fighting it out than 10 teams of 500 or 5 teams of 1000. Variety is the spice of life, and whilst HRT were not setting the world on fire they were still doing a decent job. It's easy to sit on the side line and bag them out, but the big teams have too much influence, they suck to much of the money and working talent to them.



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