Britain - HRT Sunday quotes

8 July 2012 by TF1T Staff

Pedro de la Rosa, 20th: "The truth is the race went well. We had to gamble a bit with the strategy and try something different because, in our position, if you do the same as everyone else you won’t advance. We risked it to one stop to see if we could beat Marussia. But it wasn’t to be, although we weren’t far off. The degradation of the tyres was less than expected so I’m happy. There was no rain in the end and we knew it would be tough, but I think we did well. Lastly, I would like to add that I’m happy to hear that Maria de Villota is evolving favourably, because we’re all very worried. We hope she continues in this line and that we can see her soon”.

Narain Karthikeyan, 21st: "It’s been an unpredictable weekend weather-wise, and in the end today’s race took place in dry conditions, in stark contrast to yesterday’s qualifying. I had a small battle with Pic but my rear tyres started to wear out and I couldn’t keep up with him so I pitted. In terms of pace we’re right up there with Marussia but over a race distance we struggle because of the rear tyres. Now we have a week to work on Germany. Like everyone, I’m really shocked by Maria’s accident and I would like to wish her a quick recovery”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: "Overall today has been positive, since we performed better than expected at such a complicated circuit, even fighting with our rivals. Pedro did a one-stop strategy and his tyres held out well. On the other hand, with Narain we went for a two-stop strategy which we could have perfected a bit. But we had to risk it. We still have to improve on pit stops but the team is looking looking calmer and more reassured. We’re advancing and improving which is the important thing. On another note, it looks like the information we’re receiving regarding Maria’s state is positive and, although we have to be cautious, we’re very happy to hear this and we hope she continues to improve”.