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GP Week : Issue 145
PERENNIAL F1 strugglers HRT faced their second consecutive DNQ for the Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park at the weekend, as a winter-long struggle to get ready for the new season proved just too much for the Spanish team. The team’s participation in this year’s championship was even in doubt coming up to the weekend and, with challenging circuits such as Sepang and Shanghai just around the corner, life at HRT isn’t about to become any easier. With sponsors demanding the kind of worldwide exposure that only Grand Prix Sundays can provide in exchange for their hard-earned cash, HRT is under pressure to improve immediately or face funding shortfalls before the season gets into full swing. Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala is all too aware of the predicament facing his team, as he told GPWEEK in an exclusive chat in Melbourne: “The future of the team is not in doubt in the next couple of races, but if we stay outside 107% [after that] then, of course,” acknowledged Luis. “I am quite confident to be in next week, but we will see. We need to see how many things we have managed to sort out and how many things we still need to sort out. “We can sort out the DRS and some other things like the steering rack, the set-up of the car and cooling.” Neither de la Rosa nor Karthikeyan had the use of DRS during qualifying, handicapping them to the tune of one second per lap and accounting for the majority of their deficit to the 107% benchmark. While a fix to their DRS issues for Malaysia is sure to boost their performance considerably, especially on Sepang’s long straights, other corrections should push the F112 within the 107% barrier and onto Sunday’s grid. Perez-Sala revealed that the team wasn’t even sure of being in Melbourne in the run-up to the weekend, a situation that could have had them thrown out of the championship. With the final parts for de la Rosa’s car having only arrived at the track on Thursday night, it came as little surprise to him that neither car qualified for the race. “We have had a really difficult winter,” he continued. “A few days ago we were not even sure of being here with the cars. The last pieces arrived for the second car on Thursday night and to have both cars ready to run before Saturday was not achievable for us. “That's why it was quite clear for us to qualify under 107% here was going to be very difficult.” THROWN OUT: can HRT survive? EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE SINGAPORE MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT +65 6738 6738 PHONE BOOKING: www.singaporegp.sg ONLINE BOOKING: 212223 SEPTEMBER 2012 Scan this code for event details EARLY BIRD BUYERS STAND TO WIN EXCLUSIVE DRIVERS' AUTOGRAPH SESSION PASSES, ACCESS TO ARTIST MEET & GREET SESSIONS AND FAN ZONE WRISTBANDS ENJOY UP TO 30% SAVINGS! LIMITED COMBINATION PACKAGES AND GREAT SAVINGS WITH GROUP BOOKINGS OF 4 OR MORE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE 3 DAYS OF NON-STOP RACE ACTION ALSO FEATURING AND MANY MORE GPWeek.pdf 1 3/16/12 3:40 PM 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS