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HRT have released a statement confirming they will not be at the upcoming mid-season test in Mugello. Three days of testing are scheduled at the Italian circuit, but the team have said they are too busy catching up from their hectic start to the season to attend.
Team principal Luiz Pérez-Sala has said: “Since the cars were set up for the first time, we have been working at them at the Grands Prix. The team and the material have just got back from Bahrain after leaving for Australia in early March, and they return for the first time to the team’s new headquarters in Madrid.”
He added that skipping this testing opportunity would allow them to focus on getting the car and the team ready for the Spanish Grand Prix instead.
After the Bahrain race, both drivers felt positive about the direction the car was going in, with Pedro de la Rosa saying: “We have come from not qualifying in Australia not long ago, so when I saw the times we posted I was glad.”
Meanwhile, Narain Karthikeyan said: “The amazing thing is that we haven’t done much to the car but we’re quite close to the group ahead of us and that’s very positive.”
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