Monday, 5 March 2012

HRT finally launch F112 in Barcelona

HRT have launched their 2012 car, the F112.

Struggling Spanish team HRT have finally launched their 2012 challenger, named the F112 in Barcelona, after a long time waiting. Like rivals Marussia, HRT have not tested their 2012 car at any of the three pre-season tests, but did use their 2011 car in the first test at Jerez.

Karthikeyan takes the F112 out of the pits
Narain Karthikeyan drove 10 laps in the HRT at the Barcelona circuit, and the driver, who is returning to HRT after half a year in 2011, said "The first impressions are quite good; it is definitely a step up from last year. We couldn't do any set-up work or stuff like that but everything seems to be working fine and there are no major problems, so we can look forward to the season now. Despite the fact that over 90 per cent of the HRT F1 staff has been freshly recruited, it was clear that the team is already at a level several notches higher compared to the last two years. Everyone has worked hard and the new team management has put everything together in a very short period of time. It has taken a lot of work, considering it was the first time that the team was able to run the new car before heading to the opening Grand Prix. We have a lot of experienced people in the team and everyone knows what they are doing. We're definitely heading in the right direction to progress throughout the season," said Karthikeyan. They've done a proper job with the car and I'm sure that it's a big step forward from last year, which is no mean feat since it is a clean-sheet design, compared to the Dallara chassis used for the last two years," he added.

The Spanish outfit have Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan in the car this season. Interestingly, HRT have not gone for a stepped nose, meaning that only McLaren, HRT and Marussia won't be running them this season.

Keep with my blog for all the opinions, launches and testing updates throughout the winter, as we count down to the Australian Grand Prix.

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