Date: 22nd March 2012 at 10:33am
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Veteran driver Pedro de la Rosa is hopeful he can start his first race for HRT this Sunday.

In Australia neither de la Rosa, who signed a two-year-contract with HRT at the end of last season, or team-mate Narain Karthikeyan could get inside the 107% time in Q1 to qualify for the race.

HRT didn’t have the aid of a working DRS system in Australia, which drivers can obviously use around the whole circuit during qualifying. This put them at a big disadvantage ignoring all the other issues that a lack of testing time brings a team.

But for the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, HRT believe they have solved their DRS issue and have also made other improvements.

‘It is not only the fact that we will have DRS here, which we didn’t in Australia, We seem to have found the issues with the power steering, which is massively important. And the whole team has had one more week to build the cars with more attention to detail really, so I am more confident than Australia.’ Pedro De La Rosa told Autosport Magazine.

‘DRS itself is approximately nine tenths to one second, so it is quite a big help especially where we are, and what we need to qualify. That extra second could make a difference.’

‘it was tough to not qualify in Australia, because of the mechanics and engineers who made such a super effort to be there,’