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HRT officially opened the doors to its new headquarters at the Caja Magica in Madrid this morning, the assembled guest included the Mayoress of Madrid, Madam Ana Botella and the President of the Spanish Motorsport Federation and Vice-President of the FIA, Carlos Gracia.
Team Principal, Luis Perez-Sala, and drivers Pedro de la Rosa, Dani Clos and Ma Qing Hua acted as the hosts of event as guests, press, sponsors, suppliers and friends of the team toured the new facility which houses the management, administration, operations and engineering areas and the workshops where the mechanics were working on the F112 for the Monaco Grand Prix.
"I would like to thank HRT for choosing Madrid to set up its headquarters," said Honourable Madam Ana Botella, Mayoress of Madrid. "I congratulate them for being the first Spanish team to obtain a Formula 1 license, there are only 12 teams and just being there is very important for Spain. They've written a golden page in the history of Spanish motorsport and for the people of Madrid it's an honour and a privilege to have them here. In the Caja Magica they have chosen the best facilities to become a sporting and technological icon and with this we are going to help Madrid to continue progressing and become an innovative city. With their presence we strengthen a sport that has thousands of followers and we give the citizens of Madrid a chance to get to know the Formula 1 world on the inside. I wish them the best of luck as their triumphs are also those of the people from Madrid and Spain."
"Today is a very important day because we needed a Spanish Formula 1 team in Spain and now we have it," added Carlos Gracia. "A few weeks ago I accompanied Jean Todt when he visited the facilities and he was impressed with what he saw. They've completed it in a record time, I've been by their side through this period and the effort they've put in is impressive and something we have to value, no one can complete a project like that. I've seen teams with more tradition who have been in Formula 1 for longer but I've never come across such a hungry and united team. We've achieved a lot but we must be patient, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of world motorsport and just being here and finishing races is a lot. I want to thank the Mayoress for making this possible. The Caja Magica is a magical project and I hope she feels proud."
"We're extremely proud to have finally opened our doors to everyone and have shown what, since a few months ago, is HRT's home," said Luis Perez-Sala. "It's been a lot of hard work but it's a dream that has finally come true and an exciting project. This is the present but we continue to work looking ahead to the future to make this a top level sporting and technological centre and surely, with the help of everyone, we will achieve this."
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