De La Rosa pleased with HRT gains

By on Friday, August 3, 2012

Spanish driver Pedro De La Rosa has expressed his satisfaction at the gains HRT has made in 2012.

HRT failed to qualify for the Australian Grand Prix and, although they sit last in the championship, have been battling Marussia.

"We’ve made steady progress but now we’re at a key moment and we must take another step forward", said De La Rosa in an interview published on HRT's official website. "My assessment is very positive because we set ourselves realistic targets, we’ve accomplished them and we’re, more or less, where we expected to be. We’ve still got to improve more and we have nine races ahead in which to do so."

De La Rosa cited HRT's qualifying pace as a key example of progress.

"We started outside the 107% in Australia and we’ve reached peaks of 103.6% in Monaco and our best qualifying result which was 103.4% in Valencia", said the Spaniard. "That was a very ambitious target that we set ourselves because, for us, to be close to 104% is a realistic objective. We’ve surpassed it and have potential to do more."

De La Rosa also explained why it might be easier for HRT to make gains that a team such as Red Bull.

"In our case, it’s going to be easier to improve in this second half of the season than it will be for a big team that is striving for perfection because we’ve got much more room for improvement. For now we’ve accomplished our objectives but there are still many races to set ourselves more ambitious targets."

He also used qualifying as a benchmark for the remainder of the season.

"If we manage to qualify inside the 103% it will be a complete success. Especially doing so without KERS and a much less effective DRS system than the other teams."

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