Problems delay HRT debut
HRT will have to wait until the final pre-season test to roll out their 2012 car after it failed to pass all the required crash tests.
Last Updated: 10/02/12 9:55am
HRT will have to wait until the final pre-season test in Barcelona to roll out their 2012 car after it failed to pass all the required crash tests.
Under new rules set out by Formula One's governing body the FIA, each car must pass the crash tests before they are allowed to run on track.
HRT said on their Twitter page that the car had passed 14 tests but failed two "by a minor margin" which means they will again have to use 2011 car at the second winter test in Barcelona later this month.
The final test at Barcelona starts on 1 March, just 17 days before the first race of the season in Australia.
HRT's preparations for the new season have already been curtailed as the Spanish team chose to take part in just two days of the opening four-day test in Jerez.
Pedro de la Rosa, who was at the helm of the 2011 car, described his two days behind the wheel as "positive" despite finishing bottom of the timesheets.
The Spaniard completed 108 laps over two days but was the slowest of the 11 cars in action.
Indian Narain Karthikeyan, who was re-signed by the team for 2012, is expected to get his first run out at the second Barcelona test.
HRT have already had a difficult winter ahead of their third season in F1.
Luis Perez-Sala replaced Colin Kolles as team principal in December while the team has had to cope with the logistical difficulties of moving its base from Cologne in Germany to a new headquarters in Madrid.
"We've gone through a couple of months of intense work and it was very important for everyone to be here and get things going on the track," Perez-Sala said on the HRT website.
"I must say that I am very proud of the job done by everybody to achieve this.
"A large amount of the team and the materials are new so we needed to put these into practice.
"Everything went well, with no relevant problems, and we've taken another step, albeit a small one, in the right direction which is what matters right now".
Last season HRT did not test their new car until first practice at the opening race in Australia and the team, who are still searching for their first F1 point, will want to avoid a repeat of that in 2012.