HRT leave Bahrain in a positive mood after delivering another finish for both cars, this time in the hot conditions at the Sakhir Circuit.
Pedro de la Rosa finished the race in twentieth place, just 0.5 seconds ahead of team-mate Narain Karthikeyan, who was last of the drivers that completed the grand prix.
“It was a tough race, but we finished with both cars and that is positive for the team,” said de la Rosa. “The truth is that our rhythm wasn't what we'd hoped for. We have to gain some speed per lap, more than anything because we want to be fighting our rivals on a consistent basis.
“In today's race we didn't have sufficient rhythm. Looking back it's true that we've taken a giant stride but we can't be satisfied with just that. We've improved a lot but we're at the starting blocks, where we should have been in Australia.
“We've got very good individuals on board, a new workshop where we can build on a solid base, and that is the most positive thing. Now we want to get back to work on the car and try new things out. We're really looking forward to Europe”.
Karthikeyan thought that he drove his best weekend of the season today.
“The start today was good, but then the first few laps were quite tough because there was dust everywhere,” said the Indian driver. “I settled behind Pedro but I think I pushed too hard in the first stint because my tyres were dead very quickly.
“After my first pitstop, I improved a lot and from there my lap times were consistent. We did a four-stop strategy, which I think went very well, and in the end we were only half a second behind Pedro at the checkered flag.
“My race performance was extremely good, I'd say it was my best Grand Prix so far this season, so I'm very happy about that”.
Team principal Luis PÃ©rez-Sala was also very pleased with how the weekend had panned out for the team. “We passed another stern test here in Bahrain with the high temperatures and I'm very satisfied with how everything went,” he said. “We met our targets again and I want to thank the team once more for its excellent job.
“Perhaps the negative side was that we wore the tyres out a lot and that's why we had to do a four-stop strategy. We tried to go for three with Pedro but he finished right on the limit so maybe it wasn't the best choice.
“Reliability was also good and the team is working well. We can say that we are already at the standard with which we finished last year. From here we must progress”.