HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala says Marussia failure no advantage for his team

HRT team principal Luis Perez-Sala says his outfit has taken no satisfaction from seeing rivals Marussia fail its final crash test

HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala says Marussia failure no advantage for his team

With both outfits facing a race-against-time to get their cars ready for the start of the season, Perez-Sala does not believe that his outfit now has the edge over its rivals because it has completed all the mandatory checks.

"We have been able to pass the crash tests, but it does not mean we are leaving any teams behind," Perez-Sala said at the FOTA Fans' Forum event in Barcelona on Wednesday.

"We are a humble team, and we have to go day-by-day. Our car is not ready yet, so we will see if we can test on the final day at Barcelona (on Sunday) or maybe on Monday with a filming day. If not, we will go to Melbourne."

Although admitting that passing the crash tests was a fraught experience, Perez-Sala paid tribute to the safety benefits of them.

"We passed the crash tests and that was a nightmare!" he explained. "I was not familiar with them, so I went to Cranfield which is where we passed them.

"There are almost 20 tests and it really deserves having a close look, because after seeing these tests and seeing what the chassis have to withstand, you understand why certain accidents we have watched in the past did not have any consequences."

shares
comments
Pedro de la Rosa calls for more in-season testing in Formula 1

Previous article

Pedro de la Rosa calls for more in-season testing in Formula 1

Next article

F1 teams predicting much closer season in 2012

F1 teams predicting much closer season in 2012
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Sergio Perez
Author Jonathan Noble
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1
Apr 7, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021
When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Plus

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle

Formula 1
Apr 4, 2021
The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Formula 1
Apr 2, 2021