Pirelli purchases 2011 HRT F1 car

17 February, 2013

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) F111. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Valencia, Spain, Saturday 25 June 2011.

Narain Karthikeyan in the 2011 HRT F111

Formula 1′s official tyre supplier, Pirelli, has reportedly bought an old HRT F1 car for promotional purposes.

This week, we reported that assets of the newly-defunct Spanish formula one team had been snapped up by Teo Martin, a well-known automotive component recycler.

According to AS newspaper, Martin apparently bought 2011 and 2012 single seaters as well as other assets.

But Reuters reports that another HRT buyer was Pirelli.

“The other 2011 (HRT) car has gone to Pirelli,” Martin is quoted as saying.

Pirelli has not confirmed the report.

Currently, Pirelli’s F1 test car is a 2010 Renault. Previously, the Italian marque used a 2009 Toyota.

Meanwhile, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh fears other teams are in danger of following HRT out of formula one, claiming that “of the 11 teams, seven of them are in survival strategy”.

“It’s tough,” Whitmarsh, referring to the economic situation, is quoted by the BBC.

“We have taken some measures but I think it’s going to be tough for some of the teams to have a viable business model for a few years; there’s no doubt about that.” (GMM)


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