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HRT to skip second test

ESPNF1 Staff
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The 2011 HRT was used to give Pedro de la Rosa track time in Jerez © Sutton Images
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HRT has confirmed that it will skip the second pre-season test in Barcelona in order to prepare its new car for the final test.

The team had hoped to run its 2012 car at the final two tests at the Circuit de Catalunya, but the car will not be ready in time after it failed its crash tests, with new rules this season stating that all crash tests must be passed before a car can take to the track.

Having run the F111 at Jerez last week to give Pedro de la Rosa time in the car the team could have chosen to take the old car to Barcelona too. However, HRT has now decided that it will miss the second test in order to ensure that all problems are overcome in time for the final test from March 1-4.

Having also run its 2011 car in Jerez, Mercedes will launch its new W03 on Tuesday ahead of the opening day. Marussia skipped the first test after delays with its new car, and will run the 2011 MVR02 at Barcelona to give Charles Pic some experience before launching its 2012 car in time for the final four days.