HRT has no intention of returning to the formula one teams association FOTA, team boss Colin Kolles insists.
The back-of-the-grid Spanish team is the only outfit on the grid not a member of the association, whose website says it wants to "promote the development of F1 and enhance its worldwide image and reputation".
But Kolles suggested to Germany's motorsport-total.com that FOTA's real ambition is to push the interests of the big teams in commercial contract negotiations.
"If they would respond to our needs, we would think about it (re-joining FOTA) again," he said.
"But I think we are better off negotiating our own contracts, because we understand our problems better than the chairman of FOTA (Martin Whitmarsh) who may want something completely different."