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Pirelli purchases 2011 HRT F1 car

Pirelli purchases 2011 HRT F1 car

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 […]

Scorpion F1 team could rise from HRT ashes

Scorpion F1 team could rise from HRT ashes

A new Formula One team could rise from the ashes of the failed Spanish outfit HRT, according to several reports doing the rounds. Reports – including in the Spanish newspaper AS – claim that a group of investors from Canada and the US want to enter this year’s world championship with an evolution of HRT’s […]

De la Rosa confirms F1 dream over for HRT

De la Rosa confirms F1 dream over for HRT

Jan.3 (GMM) Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa, HRT’s lead driver in 2012, has joined boss Luis Perez-Sala in admitting that the Spanish F1 team has folded. De la Rosa, who was contracted to keep racing this year, has already said that he is on the lookout for a new role elsewhere, as test or […]

Impossible to keep HRT going reveals Sala

Impossible to keep HRT going reveals Sala

Dec.31 (GMM) HRT team boss Luis Perez-Sala has admitted that the Spanish team’s Formula One dream is over. After three seasons at the back of the F1 grid, the Spanish backmarker has folded, even though official confirmation (other than Sala’s admissions during an interview) has not yet emerged. “It was impossible to go on,” Sala, […]

Unpaid supplier claims HRT F1 team in liquidation

Unpaid supplier claims HRT F1 team in liquidation

Dec.11 (GMM) Backmarker F1 team HRT is already in liquidation, according to claims by an angry, unpaid supplier. Formtech Composites, a carbon fibre manufacturer, said in a statement that the beleaguered Spanish team entered liquidation proceedings on November 12 – well before the 2012 season ended. The supplier said HRT is now only willing to […]

Qinghua in talks with Caterham and Marussia

Qinghua in talks with Caterham and Marussia

Dec.5 (GMM) As soon as the chance of survival for Formula One outfit HRT looked bleak, the Spanish team’s Chinese development driver Ma Qinghua started to look elsewhere. That is the claim of the Diario AS newspaper, reporting that the 24-year-old Shanghai-born driver entered talks with other F1 backmarkers Caterham and Marussia. Each of those […]

Cuquerella admits HRT’s F1 adventure definitely over

Cuquerella admits HRT’s F1 adventure definitely over

Dec.3 (GMM) HRT’s technical director Toni Cuquerella has acknowledged that the Spanish team’s Formula One foray is now all but over. It was believed that the team’s departing owner Thesan Capital had set an end-of-November deadline for a new buyer to be found. Indeed, as November became December over the past weekend, the FIA published […]

HRT absent from 2013 F1 entry list released by FIA

HRT absent from 2013 F1 entry list released by FIA

Dec.1 (Reuters) The Formula One grid looks likely to be reduced to 11 teams next season after the official 2013 Formula One World Championship entry list was published by the FIA without strugglers Spanish-based HRT being listed. The 22-car list was published on the governing International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) website (www.fia.com) on Saturday after the […]

Out of work HRT mechanics in drunken brawl at factory

Out of work HRT mechanics in drunken brawl at factory

Nov.28 (GMM) A brawl broke out at the Madrid headquarters of beleaguered Formula One team HRT after staff returned from Sao Paulo, El Mundo newspaper reports. The report said that the fight involved drunk mechanics who had gone straight from the airport to the team’s factory to collect compensation for their redundancies. “The atmosphere heated […]

No more Spanish team in F1 confirms De la Rosa

No more Spanish team in F1 confirms De la Rosa

Nov.27 (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa has admitted that he left Brazil after Sunday’s 2012 finale with a real sadness, knowing that HRT’s owner Thesan Capital is no longer prepared to fund the Spanish backmarkers, making it likely that Interlagos was the last race in the team’s three-year history. “We have finished the season with so […]

HRT: The best way to finish this long season

Nov.26 (HRT) The 2012 Formula 1 World Championship drew to a close today at Interlagos circuit with one of the most thrilling races of the year that also saw both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan get across the finish line, for the ninth time this season, in 17th and 18th positions respectively. Rain […]

HRT: Everything will depend on the weather

Nov.24 (HRT) The third Free Practice and qualifying sessions got underway today at the Interlagos circuit with over 15ºC lower temperatures than yesterday, which helped reducing the tyre degradation. The overnight set-up changes paid off and the HRT F1 Team also managed to improve traction on their cars’ during FP3. The first raindrops hit the […]

De la Rosa denies that Wurz to save beleaguered HRT

De la Rosa denies that Wurz to save beleaguered HRT

Nov.24 (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa has denied rumours that Alex Wurz, his former McLaren test driver teammate, could be involved in a rescue package for the dying Spanish team HRT. Spain’s AS newspaper said former F1 driver and Austrian Wurz, currently a ‘driver coach’ at Williams but also running his own company Firma Test […]

HRT: A first positive day overall

Nov.23 (HRT) The Brazilian Grand Prix and last round of the 2012 season got underway today with the first two free practice sessions. 180 minutes around the historical track of Interlagos during which the HRT Formula One Team drivers, Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa, worked on their cars’ basic set up as well […]

Brazil could be last lap for ailing HRT team

Brazil could be last lap for ailing HRT team

Nov.23 (GMM) According to strong paddock speculation, Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo will be the last lap for ailing backmarkers HRT. Publicly looking for a buyer, it is reported that staff have actually already been served with pending redundancy notices that will come into effect after the chequered flag waves on Sunday. “None […]

De la Rosa: None of us know what will happen with HRT

De la Rosa: None of us know what will happen with HRT

Nov.22 (Reuters) Formula One tail-enders HRT face an uncertain future after Sunday’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix with employees in the dark about plans to sell the team, according to veteran Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa. “It’s not easy for anyone, especially mechanics and engineers and people who from now on have to fight for […]

Brazilian Grand Prix: HRT previews Interlagos

Nov.20 (HRT) The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship draws to a close in Brazil as the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace stages the 20th and final grand prix of the season. HRT F1 Team and its drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan, will be looking to end the season on a positive note […]

Karthikeyan says FIA backs him after new Vettel criticism

Karthikeyan says FIA backs him after new Vettel criticism

Nov.19 (GMM) HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan has hit back at Sebastian Vettel, following the latest bout of criticism directed at the Indian driver by the defending world champion. Vettel’s Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, pointed the finger at Karthikeyan after Vettel lost the lead of the US Grand Prix on Sunday to Lewis Hamilton. “The […]

HRT: Two car finish is important for everyone’s morale

Nov.19 (HRT) The inaugural Formula One race held at Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, didn’t disappoint and American fans enjoyed an amazing race from beginning to end. The nineteenth race of the season had a complicated start for HRT F1 Team but both drivers improved their performance throughout the weekend to round it off […]

HRT: We struggled to put in good lap times

Nov.17 (HRT) The United States Grand Prix continued today at Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, for the HRT Formula One Team with the third free practice and qualifying sessions. The unusual timings, with the sessions taking place at earlier times than normal, didn’t help on improving yesterday’s issues with bringing the tyres quickly up […]

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