Hispania Racing F1 deal with Dallara ends

26 May, 2010

Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1 crashes out of the race.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Karun Chandhok's first race for the Dallara built Hispania Racing ended in the Bahrain Armco

May.26 (YallaF1.com & GMM) Hispania Racing has officially cut ties with Dallara who were contracted to build the new Formula 1 entrant’s HRT F110 chassis. The relationship has been rocky since the team’s hasty launch in February this year which followed the team emerging from the under financed Campos Meta operation.

Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok with the Hispania team bosses at the launch

Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok with the Hispania team bosses at the launch

There were reported shortcomings within Hispania Racing about the quality of the equipment delivered. The team’s recently appointed reserve driver Christian Klien commented: “The car is obviously not up to formula one-standard,” added the Austrian. “It has much too little downforce and the details are not as good as with the other cars.” He explained that the Dallara-built car is “very difficult” to drive, insisting the Cosworth “engine is not the main problem”.

Although the team has gone to great lengths to underplay the criticism directed at Dallara for allegedly delivering an under par Formula 1 car to the squad, the team’s business affairs boss Manfredi Ravetto nevertheless issued a scathing assessment.

Bruno Senna (BRA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, Saturday 17 April 2010.

Bruno Senna drives the HRTF1

“What Dallara delivered was a total mess,” Dr Ravetto told the Dutch publication Formule 1 Race Report. “They built a formula one car with quality that you no longer see in Formula 3,” he said, adding that Dallara cut corners by using cheap and low quality parts.

The Hispania Racing team released the following statement:

HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing, and Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara Automobili S.p.A have together agreed on amicable terms not to pursue their collaboration. The decision follows talks held over the last few months about the future of their collaboration.

Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1  Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 2 April 2010.

Karun Chandhok in the cockpit of the HRTF1

The two partners experienced a challenging start to the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship season, where everyone at Dallara Automobili S.p.A worked extremely hard in a fight against time to be ready for the season opener at Bahrain International Circuit. Their persistent and determined efforts paid off as HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing, pulled up to the starting line of the 2010 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix ready to go.

The whirlwind of pre season activity at the Italian chassis constructor Dallara Automobili allowed the team, formerly known as Campos Meta 1 prior to its acquisition by Jose Ramon Carabante in February 2010, to meet its tight deadline. Since its inaugural race HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing, has completed six rounds of the 2010 Formula 1™ World Championship despite the fact that in all this time no further chassis development was made by Dallara.

Close up of the HRTF1

Close-up of the HRTF1

The collaboration, deemed by many to be an impossible task, resulted in the creation of the team’s Cosworth V8 powered 2010 Formula 1 World Championship chassis, the F110, which was the very first car to be produced in the colours of HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing.

Following the completion of six rounds of the 2010 Formula 1™ World Championship, HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing, and Dallara Automobili S.p.A have agreed that what they have achieved in such a short period of time was more than could have been reasonably expected. The two parties wish each other the best of luck in all future endeavours.

HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing will continue to develop and improve the Dallara designed F110 chassis via its own development program.

The details as to the outstanding terms of their business agreement remain confidential, and no further comment will be issued.


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