Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
Sunday, 4th of November 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 30ºC, Track 35ºC
Race: 55 laps – Track distance: 5.554 km
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #2216th
Narain KarthikeyanF112-01 #23DNF
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix celebrated at the Yas Marina Circuit today was spectacular once again, not only because it gets underway at sunset and finishes at night time, but because of the excitement on track with multiple overtaking moves and two safety cars. It was also intense for HRT Formula 1 Team who saw how Pedro de la Rosa had a tyre blanket tangled up before the formation lap and had to start the race from the pit lane. But despite the tough race conditions, the Spanish driver completed an intelligent race, with only one pitstop, to finish in 17th. The sour note of the day was for Narain Karthikeyan who suffered a hydraulic failure on lap 9 which made him lose his steering on the entry to turn 16, just when Nico Rosberg was approaching to overtake him. The accident was spectacular but fortunately both drivers were unharmed.
The Championship takes a breather and returns to action in two weeks for the penultimate event of the season, the United States Grand Prix which returns to the calendar this year and will take place in Austin, Texas from the 16th to the 18th of November.
Pedro de la Rosa: “I’m happy to have finished the race and because I gave it everything. But today we were unable to stay on the same level as our rivals. We had a problem at the start when a thread on one of the blankets for the rear tyres got tangled up and I had to start from the pit lane with very cold tyres. But during the race the car went well, the tyres held out perfectly on one stop and we controlled the temperature of the brakes and engine. But we need a couple of tenths to be up there and I hope we can take that step in the upcoming races. It won’t be through a lack of effort or work”.
Narain Karthikeyan: “Today we didn’t have enough pace so I focused on setting consistent lap times and trying to get the most out of the car. But on lap 9 we had a problem with the hydraulic pressure and steering of the car went rock solid, so I had to lift my foot off the accelerator. Unfortunately, Rosberg was coming from behind and couldn’t avoid me. It was tremendously unlucky but we have to leave it in the past and think about the United States Grand Prix in two weeks”.
Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: “I would have liked for both cars to finish but an unfortunate mechanical failure meant that Narain lost his steering in the worst moment and he suffered an accident with Rosberg. Luckily both of them are well and we didn’t have to regret anything greater. Pedro completed a good race and was able to finish after not doing so in two consecutive races. Now we have to look ahead and be ready to take on the last two races to finish in the best way possible”.