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HRT loses fight to make Barcelona

3 March 2012

For the third successive season, the HRT team will go into the F1 season without any prior testing after failing in a bit to get its new car ready for the final day of running in Barcelona.

The Spanish team had been delayed in its plans to debut the F112 after failing the mandatory FIA crash tests; with a change in regulations for this season stating that teams had to pass the tests before being allowed to run on track.

Despite working hard to try and ready a car to take part in the final day of testing on Sunday, HRT has now admitted defeat in its plans and will not be able to join its rivals on track.

The only option remaining for the team now is to be able to complete a 'filming day' at Catalunya on Monday instead.

Although any 'proper' testing is unable to take place after Sunday's session draws to a close with the test ban coming into effect, team's are able to complete limited running for 'promotional purposes' – albeit on a special tyres provided by Pirelli and the not the rubber that will be used during the season ahead.

If a filming day isn't possible, the new HRT won't turn a wheel for the first time until free practice in Australia, as was the case last year when both of its cars then failed to qualify.

The only pre-season testing HRT has completed so far was two days with Pedro de la Rosa in its 2011 car at Jerez,


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