F1 drivers have in the past asked the governing body to reduce the length of the Singapore grand prix.
Hot, humid and under artificial lights on a demanding street circuit, the event is regarded as perhaps the toughest physically on the entire 20-race F1 calendar. Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa confirmed that description, even though this weekend is actually the HRT driver’s very first competitive taste of the Marina Bay layout. Read more... (145 words, estimated 35 secs reading time)
HRT would like to keep Pedro de la Rosa on the books, even after his driving days are over.
The Spanish veteran is already under contract for 2013, but the team’s technical director Toni Cuquerella said HRT also values his contribution off the track. Read more... (114 words, estimated 27 secs reading time)
Pedro de la Rosa looks set to stay with HRT in 2013.
The Spanish backmarker HRT’s new management, led by former grand prix driver Luis Perez Sala, convinced de la Rosa to leave the comfort of his reserve role with F1 giant McLaren and race around at the back in 2012. Read more... (174 words, estimated 42 secs reading time)
Grand Prix Drivers’ chairman Pedro de la Rosa has called for an investigation into Maria de Villota’s crash at Duxford Aerodrome earlier in the week to see if any safety changes need to be made. De Villota was conducting straight-line aero testing for the Marussia team at the private event. The 32-year-old Spaniard had just completed her initial installation run when her car ran into the tailgate of a support truck at around 30mph. Read more... (379 words, estimated 1:31 mins reading time)
HRT could finally be on the cusp of speeding off the final row of the F1 grid. Clearly the slowest team in F1 since its 2010 debut, the Spanish backmarkers’ Pedro de la Rosa actually qualified clearly ahead of both Marussia drivers in Canada. Read more... (205 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
An HRT mechanic has escaped serious injury after being struck by Pedro de la Rosa’s car in the pitlane on Friday.
Craig Stubley, the first mechanic on de la Rosa’s car, had hearts racing after morning practice when an ambulance rushed to his aid. The first rumours were that he was seriously injured, and many were then relieved to hear that his worst injury could be a broken leg. Read more... (135 words, estimated 32 secs reading time)
HRT was not ready to race last weekend in Australia, Pedro de la Rosa has admitted.
Ultimately, the Spaniard and his teammate Narain Karthikeyan failed to satisfy the sport’s 107 per cent qualifying rule, and therefore sat out the 2012 opener in Melbourne. The hurriedly-compiled F112 car did not feature a functioning ‘DRS’ rear wing system, and de la Rosa has also revealed that it didn’t have power steering. Read more... (155 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Fernando Alonso is F1′s ‘driver of the decade’, according to Pedro de la Rosa. The HRT driver said that, in his opinion, his Spanish countryman has been even better in F1′s modern history than Michael Schumacher, who won every world championship between 2000 and 2004. Read more... (140 words, estimated 34 secs reading time)
The inaugural European Grand Prix at Valencia took place against the backdrop of the Madrid plane crash. On Friday a three-minute silence was held as a tribute to the victims of the crash, and on Saturday Fernando Alonso handed out stickers for the drivers to sport as a mark of respect. Read more... (317 words, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)