2014 Paris auto show

From new models to future concepts, get all the latest news from the 2014 Paris auto show in October!

'Change' to drive 2015 Joburg auto show

The 2015 Johannesburg Motor Show's date has been announced. Here's what to expect at the biggest celebration of motoring in SA.

HRT 'slow but safe' - De la Rosa

2012-11-16 12:37

REFLECTING ON HRT: Pedro De la Rosa denied any claims about his team sending him out in an unsafe car.

kalahari.com

  • Safety Metrics

    This edition shows you how to incorporate safety management system components into your safety... Now R999.00


    buy now

 
AUSTIN, Texas - Pedro De la Rosa denied reports on Thursday, November 15, 2012, that his cash-strapped Formula 1 team HRT was putting him in danger by sending the Spanish driver out in an unsafe car for the 2012 US Grand Prix.

The Spanish-based F1 backmarker is up for sale and talks are ongoing with a number of groups interested in buying the team, owner Thesan Capital said.

SAFETY ISSUE

With HRT's future up in the air, Spanish media reported the team doesn’t have enough spare parts to see it through the final two races of the season, the US GP at the newly constructed Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, November 18, 2012, and the November 25 season finale in Brazil.

De la Rosa said: "We might be modest, we are small, we are what we are but we are a professional F1 team and for sure when we go running it is because the car is safe. I would never jump into an unsafe car because of parts being too old. The car is slow but it is safe."

The team, who have yet to score a point in three years, have De la Rosa and Indian Narain Karthikeyan as their two current drivers.

Thesan Capital took over HRT in July 2011, with former GP driver Luis Perez-Sala becoming the team principal and the headquarters moving to Madrid.

GIVING 100%

De la Rosa could shed no light on the team's future beyond plans to run the final two events on the calendar.

"There is not much I can say, it is a corporate decision which I am not involved in. All I can say is, we are here, there are two more GPs to go and no matter what is going on in the background we will give 100% like we have always done.

"No matter who we fight against we will do a professional job. We are here to do that."

NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    f1  |  safety  |  money  |  team  |  hrt

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

FIA: F1 cars 'too easy' to drive?

The best way to make Formula 1 cars more difficult to drive is to make them faster, says veteran David Coulthard, following reports that the FIA is concerned the challenge of driving an F1 car today is 'too easy'.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.