HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa denied reports that the team's financial troubles have left it without spare parts for the cars and they won't be safe to race.
De la Rosa said he hadn't heard reports about dangerous cars until asked about them in the drivers' news conference.
"All I can say is that we might be modest, we are small and we are what we are. But we are a professional Formula 1 team and for sure when we start running it's because the car is safe," de la Rosa said. "I'm experienced enough .... you know, I would never jump into an unsafe car because of parts being too old. So no, the answer is the car is slow but it's safe."
Owners of HRT, Thesan Capital, announced recently that the team has been put up for sale, a move that could jeopardise de la Rosa’s future.
“Well, unfortunately there’s not much I can say really,” the 41-year-old said. “It's a corporate decision, which I’m not involved in. All I can say is, we are here, that there are two Grands Prix to go and no matter what’s going on in the background, we will give it 100 percent like we’ve always done. No matter in which position we fight and who we fight against we will do a professional job.
Edited Associated Press report