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Supposedly there have been rumours that HRT were not planning to build their own car for the 2012 season, preferring instead to purchase the basic chassis from Team Lotus and/or Caterham.
A statement released by the outfit yesterday quashed the speculation, however, saying: “Contrary to what has been published the development of the car... is being carried out at the team’s technical office in Munich... Despite the tight deadlines and a rule change for 2012 meaning that crash tests must be completed before any cars can test, the team is confident the new car will be ready for preseason testing in February.”
Meanwhile, Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa has hit out at suggestions that moving to HRT is a step backwards. He said: “It’s a Spanish project and that to me says it all. We are last at the moment, but there is a plan for the upcoming two years to make progress and that is all. It’s a huge challenge, and I could have stayed at McLaren, but I wanted to do this a lot more. It’s much harder but it’s also much more interesting.”
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References Caterham F1 Team, Lotus Racing, Pedro de la Rosa, Team Lotus
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