The HRT drivers are confident that they will able challenge in Malaysian GP with trouble less F112, Pedro de la Rosa says that DRS and power steering has improved from Australia. But the questions about cooling on the 2012 HRT in the hot Malaysia atmosphere make it more of a question mark about whether they will be able to complete Sunday’s 56-lap event.
HRT speedy Narain Karthikeyan happy with trouble free afternoon running at Malaysian practice, and he said: “In the morning session we suffered some reliability issues, the same as in Melbourne but not as bad and we’ve also got some cooling issues too. In the afternoon these issues persisted on turns 13 and 14 where I wasn’t able to select the gears properly but the important thing is that we’re within the 107% time and can continue to improve and be in better conditions.”
“ I definitely felt the difference with regards to Australia but we need a lot more. This is one of the hardest races of the year so we’re going to need to work hard to be able to have a good performance.”
Pedro de la Rosa said: “Today has been a positive day for us because it panned out with the normality of a practice session day, and that in itself is good news. For the first time we were able to try out different solutions on this car: the DRS is working, the power steering has improved from Australia and, although we’re not where we would like to be, we’ve taken a considerable step forward. “
The sensations improved as the day wore on and the car behaved better from the morning to the afternoon. There’s still plenty to do, but the general evaluation for the day is positive.” de la Rosa added.
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