F1 » HRT 'will race in Australia', Carabante insists

Hispania Racing (HRT) team owner José Ramón Carabante is adamant that despite its pre-season struggles and complete dearth of testing, the Spanish outfit will compete in the Melbourne F1 2011 curtain-raiser

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March 14, 2011 1:56 PM

Q -If you were HRT, what would you have said to yourself after last year?

A-This year we will have the new car ready earlier so we don't look like a bunch of half wits trying to work the car out come the first race of the season.

Q-What did HRT do, bearing in mind that the season started two weeks later than originally scheduled?

A- Still managed to stuff up getting new car tested before the first race.

Taz - Unregistered

March 14, 2011 2:02 PM


I reckon without the money brought in from the tata sponsorship etc they'd have struggled to make the grid at all, it'll be a struggle for them to see the season out without more money been put into the team, probably we the owner is claiming he'll stick in his own cash.


March 14, 2011 2:15 PM

taz. apart from the tata sponsorship, there is nothing on the car. imagine that they had the opportunity to give a sponsor some publicity at the launch, but there were just no sponsors who could have been looking for some exposure! and there are some commentators who are saying that the curved underside to the tub, smacks of a car at least two years old. could it be that they have bought an old tub from someone, (usf1??) and just dolled it up. after all hrt have NO manufacturing facilities.

Skid Carrera - Unregistered

March 14, 2011 4:57 PM

This is an utterly hopeless campaign. Echoes of the Makis and such from the 70s, and the EuroBrun effort later. There will be no glory for these guys, and the drivers' remaining reputations will be in tatters.

Taz - Unregistered

March 14, 2011 5:09 PM


I never said the car was new, I was simply saying that without the sponsorship they probably wouldn't be at the 1st race. Read my post.

JOHN - Unregistered

March 14, 2011 6:28 PM

I hope they do well. F1 needs it. I cant however help thinking the 'customs' issue was an excuse not to run becasue they couldnt afford it...


March 14, 2011 6:43 PM

Not too long ago, on another forum, a poster made a joke that one of the people in the promotional photos was the Don of the Sicilian maffia. Surely a joke, but I wonder.....

They would have got a few quid for giving Pastor Maldonado a test drive. The former chief executive officer of Telefonica, Juan Villalonga joined the team in November 2010 so I wonder if he has introduced some Telefonica cash though that would depend on the circumstances of the "former" part of things.

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