Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Jerez, 2012

HRT to reveal new car at final test after crash test failure

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Jerez, 2012
Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Jerez, 2012

In the round-up: HRT delay the first appearance of their new car after failing a crash test.

F1 links

HRT via Twitter

“14 crash tests passed. Chassis approved but the two that failed (by minor margin) prevent us to have the car ready for first Barcelona test.”

Fry voices Ferrari concerns (Sky)

Technical director Pat Fry: “I am not happy with where we are at the moment. There is a lot of room for us to improve. Reliability-wise it is good. Performance-wise I think we are okay.”

Q&A with Lotus?s Kimi Raikkonen (F1)

“On the first day the car was good, but I have to say that on the second day it was even better. If it only set the fifth-best time then it was down to the fact that we tried different things.”

McLaren claim it nose best by ignoring Platypus design (The Mirror)

Technical director Paddy Lowe: “My model of it is that it’s not a case of us missing some trick. It is not a trick or a loophole that we did not spot. We have always known that you can lift your chassis there, but have chosen to not do it now.”

Nico Rosberg says new tyres will make F1 racing different this year (Autosport)

“It is going to have a big impact on the racing because the compounds are closer now. It is difficult for me to foresee how that will go, but it will be different.”

Vettel ticking all the boxes for Red Bull (Reuters)

“It’s been two months since we were in the car so it does take a couple of laps to get back in the rhythm, but the car feels fine and as we expected.”

Nico Hulkenberg via Twitter

“No running for me today unfortunately. Hoping for a better day tomorrow.”

Letters to the editor: Bahrain race (The Times, subscription required)

“Until it takes concerted measures to reform the electoral, penal and judicial processes, international observers as well as ordinary Bahrainis can have little confidence that Bahrain is on the path to reform and political stability. We urge the FIA to reconsider its decision to continue with the race.

“Lord Ahmad Of Wimbledon; Lord Ahmed Of Rotherham; Lord Alton; Lord Avebury; Baroness Falkner Of Margravine; Lord Hylton; Caroline Lucas; Lord Boswell.”

Upbeat Kovalainen praises car and signs new management deal (James Allen)

“It has been announced today that Heikki Kovalainen has joined IMG Worldwide as his new management team, as well as being represented for all future commercial interests.”

Meanwhile at the Nurburgring (Joe Saward)

“The circuit authorities say that they had negotiated a deal with the Formula One group to host a race every two years for just ??9.8 million ($13 million), which spread across two financial years meant an annual investment in F1 of only $6.5 million. Without the F1 deal the Nurburgring would likely sink further into financial trouble as the race generates not only spectators, but also visitors throughout the year.”

Circuit construction, Feb. 8, 2012 (Circuit of the Americas via Facebook)

Pictures of development at the new home of the United States Grand Prix.

When Formula 1 turned ugly (MotorSport)

“If it looks right, it is right: Renault AK 90CV, Bugatti Type 35, Alfa Romeo Tipo B, Maserati 250F, Lotus 25, and 72, Ligier JS11, McLaren MP4/4 and Ferrari 641.”

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Comment of the day

JamieFranklinF1’s thoughts on testing yesterday:

I bet Hulkenberg was pretty annoyed with Bianchi ?ǣ I know I would be if I were him.

As for Ferrari, I want to believe that they can mix it up with Red Bull and McLaren this year, but there?s just a niggly part in my mind that says that they?ve possibly been too aggressive. As was said above, they had a solid car in Silverstone, when the exhaust-blown diffuser was restricted with the engine mapping taken away, so surely they should have evolved on that concept if their car wasn?t gaining much of a benefit from it as Red Bull and especially McLaren had done.

It?s also nice to see that Lotus can continue the quick times with Grosjean, even if times at this stage do mean nothing.

I also can?t wait to see the new Mercedes, as I have a feeling that they?re going to show more improvement than they did last year.

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