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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Jul 01

HRT hopes driver deal with Red Bull ‘just the start’

Hispania is therefore Red Bull’s plan B.

2011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 32011-05-21 - HRT F1 Team - Narain Karthikeyan 03Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 race debut is due to a “collaboration deal” with world champion team Red Bull Racing, the Spanish team HRT has revealed. The Australian rookie, 22 on Friday, will switch from being Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso’s Friday driver to a full race cockpit at Silverstone next weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Glock to race in Valencia with cut finger

Timo Glock will race on at Valencia this weekend despite nursing a deep cut on his left index finger

2011-06-12_04102011-06-11_0411Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Virgin driver cut himself whilst slicing break earlier this week. “I did it on Tuesday.  It’s a pretty deep cut — I thought I had cut it (the finger) off,” he laughed. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 18

HRT owner Carabante narrowly avoids jail

Hispania team owner Jose Ramon Carabante has been sentenced to three months in jail.

2011-06-10_04582011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon CarabanteBut the 59-year-old Spaniard will not actually serve time, according to reports including in the Marca sports newspaper. He was, however, convicted of fraud surrounding the sale of land on which the promised construction of homes in 1997 and 1998 was not carried out. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 14

Slow teams and drivers a ‘problem’ – Montezemolo

“This is the problem of slow cars and inexperienced drivers.”

2011-06-12_08422011-06-12_0818An incident in Canada was evidence F1 took a wrong turn in its approach to the bottom half of the grid, according to Luca di Montezemolo. The Ferrari president was staunchly opposed to the entrance in 2010 of the low-budget new teams Virgin, Team Lotus and Hispania. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 13

Team Lotus confirms wind tunnel deal with Williams F1 (updated)

Team Lotus expands wind tunnel program

2011-06-11_03612011-06-11_0294Team Lotus has confirmed today that it is expanding its wind tunnel operations having confirmed a deal with Williams F1 to use one of the Grove based team’s two wind tunnels from September 2011. Team Lotus will now be running a two tunnel programme, with the Aerolab facility in Italy working in conjunction with the Williams F1 site in the UK while work continues on the team’s own wind tunnel at Hingham. When that facility is operational all activity will be transferred to the team’s own site. Read the rest of this entry »

May 28

HRTs to race in Monaco, Perez unlikely

Both HRT cars will be allowed to start Sunday’s Monaco grand prix.

2011-04-16 - Sauber F1 Team - China - Sergio Perez 042011-05-21 - HRT F1 Team - Narain Karthikeyan 03Vitantonio Liuzzi’s car could not be repaired for qualifying after his morning crash, while Narain Karthikeyan did not complete a lap due to a suspension problem. It was believed that due to the Hispania cars’ questionable practice pace, the stewards would declare they fell afoul the 107 pc qualifying rule. Read the rest of this entry »

May 27

Kolles puts exhaust protest on hold

Colin Kolles has decided against filing a protest about exhaust blown diffusers in Monaco.

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Colin Kolles 22011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Colin Kolles 1The HRT chief, whose Spanish team is among a rare few in the pitlane not using the sophisticated technology, had issued the protest warning in Barcelona a week ago. In the AS sports newspaper, reporter Manuel Franco revealed that Kolles wrote a letter to the FIA formalising his warning. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

De la Rosa turned down Hispania race seat

Pedro de la Rosa has revealed he baulked at joining the Hispania team this season.

2011-01-18 - Pirelli Pedro de la Rosa 00342011-05-21 - HRT F1 Team - Narain Karthikeyan 03The Spanish veteran lost his Sauber seat last year and became Pirelli’s test driver, but despite reportedly pushing for an HRT cockpit for 2011 he has instead returned to the reserve role at McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Spain now prouder of Hispania team

HRT is beginning to win over the support of Spain’s motor racing federation.

2011-05-07 - HRT F1 Team - Turkey - 022011-05-07 - HRT F1 Team - Turkey - Transporter 05The country’s head FIA official Carlos Gracia said after Australia, where the F111 cars failed even to qualify: “Like this, I would prefer there was no Spanish team in formula one”. But three races on, with Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan pressing the pace of their nearest rivals and untroubled by the 107pc qualifying rule, Gracia admitted he is happier. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Ferrari budget biggest in F1 – report

Reportedly, not every team in F1 has reduced its spending.

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 022011-04-16 - HRT F1 Team - China - Vitantonio Liuzzi 03Ferrari is F1’s biggest spender, while Hispania boasts the smallest budget, an industry publication has found. But the latest edition of ‘Business Book GP’ said the teams association FOTA has succeeded in dramatically cutting costs with its resource restriction agreement, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo. Read the rest of this entry »

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