HRT new owner already making changes
19 July, 2011
The sports daily AS reports that the team’s former owner – Carabante - is no longer involved in any way, contrary to earlier speculation that Jose Carabante (the son) would be installed in a senior management role.
The newspaper also said new owner Thesan Capital, a Madrid-based investment company, has dispensed with the team’s media boss Alba Saiz.
And the team name Hispania will no longer be deployed by Thesan in Formula 1, as a new silver logo bearing the words ‘HRT Formula One Team’ is visible on their website.
AS said the immediate changes are the result of an analysis carried out by Thesan since early July, involving the visit to Silverstone of former Minardi driver Luis Perez Sala.
The report also said Thesan was upset with the way its takeover was announced by Hispania, such as the claim that the “current team and directors” would be retained, which appears to be wrong.
More changes and the team’s new image are expected to become clearer at the Nurburgring this weekend, AS added.