Date: 17th February 2012 at 10:06am
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The HRT team will miss the first in Barcelona next week after their 2012 car failed FIA crash tests.

The team participated in two days of testing in Jerez last week with their 2011 car and had scheduled to test in Barcelona with their new 2012 car until it only passed 14 out of 17 FIA mandatory tests.

The 2012 HRT machine failed the roll-hoop and a lateral nose test according to reports and due to this, it was unable to attempt the front impact test.

The failures are not believed to be a huge concern, but they will not be able to complete the tests in time to run the car in Barcelona next week and the team will also not run the 2011 car again in order to concentrate on being ready for the second Barcelona test in March.

There will however be one new car on the track next week as Mercedes GP will launch their 2012 car at Barcelona in the next few days.