Tag Archive: Hispania

Dec 31

‘Impossible’ to keep HRT going – boss Sala

Team boss Luis Perez-Sala has admitted the HRT dream is over.

2012-08-09 - HRT F1 Team - Luis Perez-Sala2012-11-04 - HRT F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Narain Karthikeyan 01After three seasons at the back of the F1 grid, the Spanish backmarker has folded, even though official confirmation has been lacking so far. “It was impossible to go on,” Sala, a former Minardi driver who was brought in by new owners Thesan Capital to run the team this year, told El Mundo Deportivo newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Red Bull has work to do to defend title – Marko

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted Red Bull has work to do in order to return to the front in formula one.

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 0932012-02-10 - Red Bull Racing -Sebastian Vettel 3 04Having dominated F1′s recent history, the energy drink owned team is now behind McLaren in the constructors’ standings after two races in 2012, while its highest placed driver is Mark Webber in fourth. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

‘New’ HRT not in third F1 season – Gracia

Martin Brundle has admitted he is surprised HRT is still struggling so much at the start of its third season in formula one.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-24 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Pedro de la Rosa 01Better known then as ‘Hispania’, the Spanish team was founded by Adrian Campos after former FIA president Max Mosley opened up three new places in pitlane for the start of the 2010 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

HRT was ‘risky team’ for Senna – mother

HRT was a “risky team” for Bruno Senna to drive for in 2010, the Brazilian’s mother Viviane has admitted.

2010-09-26 - HRT F1 Team - Bruno Senna 032010-09-26 - HRT F1 Team - Bruno Senna  00Senna, whose mother is the great Ayrton Senna’s sister, went on to race for Renault (now Lotus) last year and for 2012 has switched to Williams. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

‘Obvious’ HRT needs more backing – de la Rosa

“This is a time of crisis”

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-06 - HRT F1 Team - F112 Pedro de la Rosa 01Pedro de la Rosa has defended the viability of struggling HRT, despite its new owners trying to build up a formula one team in the mist of a near-unprecedented economic crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 27

Success for new teams ‘impossible’ says Prost

Alain Prost believes it is “absolutely impossible” for F1′s newest teams to ever break the dominance of the sport’s top five.

Flagworld - F12011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - teams 1He is referring to small privateers Caterham (formerly Lotus), Marussia (formerly Virgin) and HRT (formerly Hispania), who were enticed into formula one in 2010 following the departures of manufacturers Honda, BMW and Toyota. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

HRT owners eye sale to richest man Carlos Slim

HRT’s tumultuous history could be set to continue, if a report in an authoritative German newspaper is right.

HRT F1 Team logo2010-11-13 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Jose Ramon Carabante - Jose Carabante AguileraDie Welt claims Thesan Capital, the Madrid-based investment company that bought the Spanish team from Jose Ramon Carabante last year, is already on the lookout for a new buyer.

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Jan 27

Petrov still in running for 2012 race seat

Vitaly Petrov is still in the running for a 2012 race seat.

2011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Vitaly Petrov 012011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Vitaly Petrov 02Officially, the only remaining vacancy is at HRT, the struggling Spanish team. “HRT?” the Russian and former Renault driver is quoted by the Spanish sports daily AS.

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Jan 11

Liuzzi unlikely to keep HRT seat – Eeckelaert

Ousted Virgin/Marussia driver d’Ambrosio is towards the top of the list.

2011-07-09 - HRT F1 Team - Britain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 042011-08-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Belgium - Jerome DAmbrosio  1 Jerome d’Ambrosio, Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna are all in the running to complete HRT’s driver lineup in 2012, according to the Belgian newspaper La Libre.

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Aug 30

Kolles staying at HRT in 2012 – advisor Sala

HRT has no immediate plans to replace team principal Colin Kolles, according to new team advisor Luis Perez-Sala.

2011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Colin Kolles -  Jacky Eeckelaert- 012011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Luis Perez Sala - Colin Kolles 01Sala, a former Minardi driver, was appointed by the former Hispania team’s new owners Thesan Capital amid rumours Kolles might be asked to step aside.

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Aug 22

HRT ‘needs more resources’ – Willis

“We have to improve pretty much everywhere”

2011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - 052011-05-07 - HRT F1 Team - Turkey - Geoff Willis - Colin Kolles  01In a question and answer session on HRT’s official website, the team said it will take “two years” to move away from the back of the grid. Technical boss Geoff Willis however said this will only happen if the outfit formerly known as Hispania increases its resources and staff numbers.

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Aug 22

HRT admits eyeing Spanish race driver

The HRT team has admitted it is looking around for a Spanish driver.

2011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - 012011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - 06Despite Thesan Capital taking over recently and dropping the Hispania moniker and flag logo, the back-of-the-grid team said it is still committed to upping its Spanish identity.

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Aug 18

Ecclestone watches female driver de Villota test F1 car

A female driver conducted a secret formula one test with Renault two weeks ago, according to international publications.

2011-06-09_0313Maria de VillotaSpain’s Marca and Italy’s Italiaracing report that 31-year-old Spaniard Maria de Villota, the daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, was at the wheel of a two-year old Renault R29.

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Jul 18

Villa eyes Brazil GP debut in Liuzzi’s seat – report

Vitantonio Liuzzi could lose his seat at HRT later in 2011 as the Spanish team eyes a place for Javier Villa.

2011-07-09 - HRT F1 Team - Britain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 04GP2 - Super Nova Racing - Javier Villa 0123-year-old Spaniard Villa, who drives a BMW in the world touring car championship, has reportedly been targeted for a prominent role in 2012 by Hispania’s new owner Thesan Capital.

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Jul 15

Rivals guarantee two F1 customers for Cosworth

Cosworth is staying in formula one and designing a V6 engine even though it only has two customers for 2012.

Cosworth CA2010 F1 race engine - BLOODHOUND SSC 3CosworthTeam Lotus switched to Renault power last year and Williams is following suit for 2012, leaving struggling Virgin and Hispania as the only Cosworth teams on the grid. The independent Northampton based engine maker said when it returned to F1 in 2010 that it needed a minimum number of customers to make its programme viable.

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Jul 14

Door closed for Chandhok, Karthikeyan at Force India



Vijay Mallya appears increasingly unlikely to choose an Indian driver for his formula one team any time soon.

GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Karun Chandhok2011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Narain Karthikeyan 02Three months ahead of the inaugural grand prix in Delhi, the Force India chief has engaged in a public spat with the populous country’s only two Indian grand prix drivers.

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Jul 09

Virgin eyes Silverstone base, HRT eyes Sala

F1′s struggling teams Virgin and HRT are making plans for the future.

2011-06-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain -Timo Glock 052011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01At Virgin, now working with ousted Renault engineer Pat Symonds and McLaren, there are also plans for a new bespoke factory, and the big rumour is that it could be built at Silverstone. The Daily Mail reports that meetings with Silverstone circuit chiefs are taking place this weekend.

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Jul 08

Rookie ‘Rickardo’ hopes to qualify for debut

The Red Bull-backed rookie is making his grand prix debut this weekend

2010-11-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Daniel Ricciardo 32011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 3Daniel Ricciardo joked to a Spanish reporter that he did more interviews on Thursday than in his entire life until that point. The Red Bull-backed rookie is making his grand prix debut this weekend, causing some commentators to hurriedly wonder why Australian media generally pronounce his surname ‘Rickardo’.

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Jul 06

HRT meets with Javier Villa in Madrid – report

Javier Villa has refused to deny speculation linking him with a race seat at HRT.

GP2 - Super Nova Racing - Javier Villa 0111 - HRT F1 TeamWith the team’s new owner Thesan Capital vowing to strengthen Hispania’s credentials as a truly Spanish outfit, former GP2 driver Villa was immediately linked with becoming HRT’s first Spanish racer.

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Jul 05

New owner eyes Spanish drivers and HQ after HRT buyout

Priorities will be to have the greatest possible number of Spanish personnel

2011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 012011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Jacky Eeckelaert - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Richard ConnellIn its first two seasons, Hispania has been effectively based at Colin Kolles’ Greding headquarters in Germany, with no Spanish drivers on the roster.

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