De la Rosa looking for strong finale

By on Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pedro de la Rosa is hoping that he can end the 2012 season on a strong note, despite starting from the back of the grid.

With HRT set to close down on Monday, Brazil will most likely be the final race for the struggling squad.

"The track was damp when we went out but we decided to go for the dry strategy because the dry line would come up pretty quickly. The first laps were a bit tricky but it improved a lot towards the end", he said.

The Spaniard also criticised Romain Grosjean for his manoeuvre in Q1.

"I’m not happy with how qualifying ended. Our car was competitive and we certainly could have done better but I was on a flying lap when I was hit by another car [Grosjean]. It was a dangerous manoeuvre because I couldn’t move aside given the track conditions", he said.

"As a consequence of the impact, the rear suspension bent and also punctured the rear tyre. I went back in for a new set of mediums and fortunately managed to put in one more lap improving my time. I really hope the car is not badly damaged because the race is tomorrow and I want to be able to do my best here in order to finish the season on a good note".

Narain Karthikeyan thinks that rain will suit HRT better.

"I would prefer the race to be a wet one but whatever the conditions will be, we’ll try our best as we have always done", he said.


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