F1 » Hispania and Dallara part ways


Struggling F1 2010 newcomer Hispania Racing has announced that it is to end its collaboration with Italian chassis-designer Dallara - a relationship that achieved 'more than could have been reasonably expected' when faced with 'an impossible task'

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richard

May 26, 2010 10:53 AM
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not surprising! dallara can build a good car, and signed a contract on a COMMERCIAL basis. campos/hrt constantly let them down, and it is understandable that if dallara were not being paid, they wouldn'tbe falling over themselves to develope the car. they are happy to be out of it.
hrt say that they will continue to develop the car, but they do not have any system in place to do this. no designer, no construction facility etc, so unless they find a miracle, this is the second nail in their coffin

beeflin

May 26, 2010 11:34 AM

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Hispania's drivers' future. Chandok in particular is an asset to F1 with his open chatty nature, and neither of them is the worst driver on the grid.

richard

May 26, 2010 12:15 PM

darkhairedlord. There is absolutely NO mention anywhere of vw starting a team. but there is a possibility that if they found it commercially viable, they MAY build an ENGINE. big difference!

Oli - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 1:01 PM

@ richard

I'm not sure that means it's the second nail in the coffin. There are other external chassis builders they could go to for development (Lola for example) or they may be in the process of moving the operation in-house. Or they could do both ie. external development for this season whilst they get their own facilities in order for an inhouse built 2011 car.

Either way, any development is better than none! Though I fully understand Dallara's reasons.

richard

May 26, 2010 1:38 PM

oli. i did say that they have no facilities, and if they want these, it will take some time to set up. i very much doubt if any other chassis manufacturer would consider teaming up with hrt, as they have financial problems and dont pay their bills. that was reason for dallara pull out! anyway, lola said they were no longer interested.

cknopp - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 3:28 PM

This concerns me for 2011. What are they going to do for a car next year? Design/build/evolve inhouse, or contract it out?

To be honest, I would be looking to pick up a year-old 2010 chassis for 2011, and downgrade the diffusor. That would put them much further ahead.

PS: If Hispania could find a few points this season (2-3) it could REALLY help them financially get things together for 2011.

Oli - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 7:04 PM

I suspect HRT have two routes. The first is to keep this car for at least next season and develop it bit by bit either externally or inhouse once they're set up, or possibly a combination of the two.

The other option is to give up any further development on this car, race it as it is for 2010 and build a new one from scratch. With no facilities and no design staff yet I don't see how HRT could produce a better go in 2011 than they already have.

Besides, there may not actually be that much wrong with the 2010 car's basic design. When you look at how the Lotus or Virgin was when it came off the drawing board then HRT are not a million miles away, but clearly they need to develop it to

Oli - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 7:08 PM

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realise it's potential. There is nothing to say that scrapping it and building a whole new car from scratch will give them a car that's any faster.

Richard, a note on the facilities, don't forget that just because this has only been announced now doesn't mean HRT haven't done anything about plans for a factory of their own. They may well have sites etc lined up, but of course that wouldn't be public. Besides, they may take the partial route of having their own team of designers and just getting the fabrication done by specialists. To get a half decent base set up doesn't have to take forever. Sure to match Ferrari or McLaren would take years but they don't need it flashy!

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