F1 » Karthikeyan: We’re no Mickey Mouse team

Narain Karthikeyan says HRT aren't a 'Mickey Mouse' team despite pre-season woes

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March 04, 2012 2:40 PM

A Disney team would have been fully funded. Not making any of the test after a few years in the series is unacceptable. Bernie wants to reduce the series by two teams when the new concorde comes out. This just gives him the backing to do so.

flyingacedude - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 2:40 PM

I have no idea why they're still in F1. They don't have any consistency year after year, always changing drivers and seemingly cobbling a car together at the last minute. They always make insane strategic decisions making life really difficult for themselves like relocating to Spain from Germany! There is a very good reason F1 teams are all located in the midlands/south of the UK, to keep costs down! I remember seeing an interview with one of the former employees who said that many of the parts where not tested with any CFD software they where just designed to look right!


March 04, 2012 2:45 PM

Hispania and Marussia have both been pretty farcical from the word go, and have shown no signs of improvement in their 2 years in F1. Turning up for the first race with effectively untried cars in 3 successive years is a joke. Caterham have conducted themselves with professionalism, realism and genuine forward planning, but these two chancers have bumbled along from one disaster to another. Major mistakes were made when they and USF1 were selected as the new teams,a dn i doubt we'll ever find out the true story, but I'm guessing dollar signs were involved.

TooBored - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 3:49 PM

Given that Disney is the BIGGEST media conglomerate in the world with $40+billions turnover every year and Red Bull a mere drinks maker with a mere $7billion turn over but yet still manage to fund the most successful racing team for the past 3 years, I rather be a "mickey mouse team" than HRT at this point.

rjbetty - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 5:23 PM

I believe in this team, and believe they can establish themselves and move forward. It's not so unbelievable given that they have already defied the seeming majority who predicted their demise long before now.

They've easily outlasted Simtek, Pacific, Forti and Lola, and have almost outlasted Super Aguri. I believe they have a future.


March 04, 2012 5:47 PM

I hear the new car is still awaiting delivery of the large black circular (carbon fibre no doubt) discs to be mounted one each side of the drivers head.

Outlasting Super Aguri is not a guarantee of any success. And a Disney car may not be so good either. Toyota ($235bn turnover) tried and had no success.

Even the logo appears to be based on a discarded paper clip, artistically twisted by a bored employee.

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