F1 » HRT in acrimonious split from FOTA

Hispania Racing (HRT) has become the first competitor to walk away from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) - although the reason why varies depending upon who you choose to ask...

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Ian M - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 6:26 AM

HRT are a joke the sooner these chancers ****** off and leave F1 to teams that know that you actually need money to compete the better.
Out of all of this I feel sorry for Senna because he is a very good driver but last season he raced in a car that could be overtaken by a turbocharged shopping trolley, as a result his reputation has taken a blow from which it may never recover.

Calvin _

January 12, 2011 11:17 AM

If HRT had decided to split from FOTA before they were suspended, why only say this now? HRT BS. And why did FOTA let them continue when they hadn't paid their fee?

I think that teams should not be allowed to take part until they have paid their fee. Once bitten twice shy!

The new teams have only added to F1 in that there are more cars for the other teams to have to overtake. Without performance, they won't get sponsorship and without sponsoship, they won't develop. HRT will not be long in F1.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:02 PM

Val, is the FOTA membership fee really 100,000 Euros per year, or was a figure you plucked out of the air? If it is the real figure, what on earth does FOTA spend it on? A million Euros a year? And if FOTA really did want to represent teams fairly and really did need that much money, wouldn't it be fairer to ask each team to donate a percentage of its appearance and prize money from each race, so that teams with big budgets and big incomes like Ferrari and Mclaren pay more, and newcomers to the sport like HRT and Virgin pay significantly less?

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:10 PM

Calvin, a year or so ago I said that new teams could have a negative impact on sponsors. If you were going to sponsor Williams, for example, then its because you hope the cameras will be pointing at them for at least some of the time during the race weekend. The more cars on the grid, the less time the cameras spend pointing at your car.

My other sponsor concern was that with more cars asking for sponsorship, sponsors can afford to be pickier, choosier, or just offer less money. We've mow seen that with Virgin. In 2009 Virgin was sponsoring Brawn. In 2010 it spent less on sponsorship and also got Manor to rename itself to Virgin.

Oli - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 10:28 PM

Why does everyone want HRT to "p*** off"?

I think it's great to see a small team give it a go. F1 used to be full of them. The Minardi's, the Jordan's, the Footworks, Lleyton Hourse, Simtek, Onyx... I could go on three posts naming them.

Yes, HRT were awful performance wise last year but they had no money and you need money to improve. I hope they come back stronger next year, get some financial backing and start making their way up the grid.


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