HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa has insisted that he remains focused on the final two races of the 2012 season, amidst reports of the team struggling for finance.
HRT’s owners Thesan Capital confirmed on Monday that the team is up for sale, with Spanish media reporting that a deadline of December 2nd has been set, after which the team will be shut down.
“Unfortunately there is not much I can say. It is a corporate decision I am not involved in. All I can say is we are here. There are two grands prix to go and no matter what is going on in background we will give it 100 per cent”.
“As we have always done – no matter what position we are in we will do a professional job. There are two interesting races left and hopefully there will be more retirements than recent races so we can get a decent result”.
De la Rosa also poured scorn on suggestions that recent mechanical failures on the HRT machines – a brake failure in India for the Spaniard and a brake failure and steering failure in Korea and Abu Dhabi respectively for Narain Karthikeyan – have been caused by a lack of replacement parts on the car.
“It is something I am not aware of and the first news comes from you. All I can say is that we might be modest, we are small and we are what we are, but we are a professional F1 team and for sure if we go and start running it’s because the car is safe. I am experienced enough. I will never jump into an unsafe car because of the parts being too old. The car is slow but it is safe”.
HRT has also confirmed that reserve driver Ma Qing Hua will replace Narain Karthikeyan in FP1.