HRT were once again happy to see both cars to the end of the race at Hockenheim yesterday.
Pedro de la Rosa enjoyed a strong battle with Timo Glock, and was able to pass the German driver for twenty first position with three laps to go, despite being impeded by the blue flags during his battle earlier in the race.
“I had a lot of fun in today's race. Everything went well, we maintained a good rhythm and the tyres held out without any problems, but above all I'm happy about the fight I put up on the track. I was hunting down Glock's car from start to finish and right at the end, when I saw that his tyres had nothing left in them, I overtook him in a place he didn't expect. I'm very happy because, for the first time, we were able to beat a Marussia and overtake it on the track,” he said.
“The race wasn't easy because I started to see blue flags very early on. It's a big let-down because once you see the first one you know many come behind. From then on you try to get out of the way, maintain your pace and not get your tyres dirty. And I think we achieved it. I hope we maintain this level and even improve on it in Hungary.”
Team mate Narain Karthikeyan, who finished twenty third, also complained about the blue flags.
“”It was a good race for us because we battled with our immediate competition from the first to the last lap. In this sense I think it was our best race of the season so far. I lost too much time with the blue flags in my last stint, but I didn't finish far off Pedro or Glock.”
“Our pace and rhythm was good and the best thing about it is that we achieved this with no upgrades on the car, so we've definitely got good potential,” he added.
“Today we took another small step forward and that's always satisfying. We weren't able to run as we would have liked on Friday or Saturday but today both Pedro and Narain completed a very good race. The pace of both drivers was very good and consistent, and they fought throughout the entire race, which was a square off between Pedro, Narain and Glock,” Luis Perez-Sala said
“In the end, Pedro managed to overtake Timo and Narain was just about to do so but just came up short. We can say that we're very happy with the outcome and we hope to continue in this line at the Hungaroring next week.”