- Spanish Grand Prix - HRT preview
'It will be an important test for our upgrades'
ESPN StaffMay 5, 2012
Pedro de la Rosa: "We're playing at home in front of the best fans in the world" © Sutton Images
Pedro de la Rosa"The Spanish Grand Prix is the most important trace for a Spanish driver, but this time it will be even more special for me because I'm racing with a Spanish team in my city of birth. At this circuit aerodynamics are important and it will be an important test for our upgrades. The track is also very tough on the tyres. Not going to Mugello wasn't an easy decision but it was important to go to the headquarters for the first time and work calmly because it's the first time my car is in Europe. For the first time the mechanics have had the time to dismantle the car, build it and assemble it. In Barcelona we are going to try and do the best we can, as always, but even more so at this Grand Prix. We're playing at home in front of the best fans in the world. We're looking forward to it and it's something historic for so I'm going to enjoy it as much as possible."
Narain Karthikeyan"Catalunya is a great all-round circuit, highly demanding and aero dependent. It is a track I know well, and it is the first time this season we have the hard and soft tyre allocated, so the gap in lap times will be significant and strategy will play a deciding role. We don't know the specifics of tyre behaviour since we didn't test pre-season, but as the compounds are softer this year, the degradation, especially on the soft, will be high because of the high-lateral loading through corners like turn three. The circuit is aero sensitive too, because of the high amount of winds which often change direction so getting the setup right early on will be crucial. There are a few upgrades coming as well which will help us unlock some more performance from the car and give us the ability to compete with our closest rivals. It is the first of our team's home races so we are motivated to do our best."