F1 » Dallara slated, but HRT chases Shanghai finish

It may not be happy with the product it received from its chassis supplier, but Hispania Racing is aiming to get both Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok home on Sunday.

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andrew - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 9:56 AM

I agree with the comment of my double above. Both finished in Malaysia albeit a couple laps down, but still good none-the-less.

Given the complete lack of testing they are doing well to have both cars finish only their 3rd race. For me they are the best of the new teams.

Martin - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 10:27 AM

The problem seem to run deeper at Hispania. Dallara has no commitment to developing the car, and have not even given them full technical details and plans for the car. This makes any kind of further development very difficult, and appears to be why Geoff Willis left so abruptly. They might be marooned at the back all season. The reliability is encouraging but they have less of a platform to build on than the other teams, especially if they have no deal or plan in place for 2011's car yet.

Taz - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 10:43 AM

Be interesting to hear from Dallara.

For all we know they still haven't been paid in full so why would they release the technical details / designs etc.

Also, if your going to buy a car instead of designing it, unless it's from a established F1 team it's not going to be very good...but that's customer cars and another story.

Would F1 miss HRT if they disappeared...I doubt it.


April 13, 2010 11:07 AM

hrt were the only team to outsource their car, and they must have known that constant developement would be required, yet they made no provision for this. dallara build reasonable cars, and if they were provided proper funds, i am sure they would have produced a competitive car. but the writing was on the wall, when hrt disclosed that they were to run with metal suspension components. cant see them surviving past this year, without proper funding.

Steve Rowe

April 13, 2010 11:47 AM

Bizarre. Surely the team should have been involved alongside Dallara in the devolpment and build of the car. Any blame lies at their own door if they have not been keeping tabs on Dallara.

Having said that, the car is not a million miles off the pace of Lotus and Virgin, which after comparing the amount of pre-season testing the teams did is not too bad I suppose.


April 13, 2010 12:14 PM

...although the critique here isn't even about the pace but about the build quality, material choices etc. If that is true then they have every right to be critical. If they order, and pay for, an F1 chassis from a leading chassis manufacturer they should expect a proper one, with materials and solutions fit for F1.

IanO - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 12:24 PM

We don't have all the facts and never will. But Dallara is not there to be a charity or make a loss. That risk of bankruptcy is for the teams themselves. With the troubled gestation of the HRT team, I'll bet you that Dallara were messed about, unable to charge enough for a top flight chassis, windtunnel work, etc. I would wonder if Dallara, true friend to motorsport and legendary, even considered pulling out, unable to complete a car to anyone's liking on the money available and they must have known that they would get all the blame for failure, and HRT the credit for success. I don't know why Dallara even bothered to do this. Like the FIA,they must have believed all the team BS about funds!

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