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De la Rosa expects HRT improvement in Malaysia

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Pedro de la Rosa: "Our two main priorities for Malaysia are to have DRS and improve the power steering" © Sutton Images
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Pedro de la Rosa is hopeful HRT can make a step forward at the Malaysian Grand Prix after failing to qualify in Australia last weekend.

After missing pre-season testing both HRTs qualified outside 107% of the fastest time in Q1 and therefore were not eligible to race. The same thing happened at last year's Australian Grand Prix and both cars went on to qualify in Malaysia. Although there is only a week between the two races this year, de la Rosa is confident he can find more time from the car if he gets a little more running during free practice.

"Our two main priorities for Malaysia are to have DRS and improve the power steering in this short time that we have whilst being away from Europe," he said. "In Australia we were only able to complete seven timed laps so I need get more track time, get to know the car better and improve the set-up. If we can achieve this then we could have a good Grand Prix. Sepang is probably the toughest track of the year both for car and driver. Mechanically it's very demanding because besides there being a lot of consecutive high-speed corners it is very hot and humid. Cooling is key for the car as is hydration for the driver."

Team-mate Narain Karthikeyan is also confident the team can improve when the cars hit the track again in four days time.

"The team is working on solving the reliability issues that we encountered, so I'm confident that things will go better in Malaysia," he said. "Sepang is a circuit that I like a lot and a place where I have raced numerous times. This was the only grand prix out of the eight that I took part in last year that I didn't finish, so this year I'm looking to firstly qualify and then finish the race, that is the main objective".

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