Within just a few days, the Formula One grid for 2010 went from 13 to 12 teams due to the pull out of the US F1 Team and the denial by the FIA to allow the Stefan GP to take the 13th slot, bringing a total of 26 cars and not 24. On March 4th, the...
Within just a few days, the Formula One grid for 2010 went from 13 to 12 teams due to the pull out of the US F1 Team and the denial by the FIA to allow the Stefan GP to take the 13th slot, bringing a total of 26 cars and not 24. On March 4th, the final two cars were launched by the newly named HRT F1 Team -- a shorten version from Hispania Racing F1 Team -- and adding to any confusion, the original team name was Campos Meta.
In Murcia, Spain, Jose Ramon Carabante, Chairman of the first Spanish Formula 1 Team was delighted to show the media and his team members their challenger for their Formula One debut. Despite the lack of testing, the team is ready for the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 14th.
The team has its own chassis coming from Dallara, and in addition, are one of the three teams that will utilize the Cosworth engines for this season. It will also be the first Formula One entry coming from Spain, and they are hoping to be equipped in order to fight it out in this series, the pinnacle of motor sport.
The team principal for this squad has been around with the sport before. Dr. Collin Kolles, first made his mark five years ago, when he and Russian born Canadian Alex Shnaider, took over the ex-Jordan Grand Prix team with no success. Dr. Kolles later returned to the F1 scene with Midland, Spyker and finally Force India, before continuing on with Audi sports cars last season. Kolles, who has a greater awareness of racing roots in this part of the country, has always wanted to create such a project.
"Murcia is where the roots of the team are and this is why we want this historic moment to launch of the first ever Spanish team to be written on the walls of the dynamic city of Murcia," said Kolles.
"I am excited by our driver lineup and the amazing effort and passion I have witnessed from our entire team to get to this point. We have all the tools in our hands to become the most successful new team in the F1 paddock this year."
The team's 2010 lineup is quite an interesting one, with one of the most famous names in history: Senna. The nephew of the three time world champion, Bruno Senna finished second in GP2 in 2008, but took time off from the racing scene last year. The absence of getting into the cockpit by not taking part in any pre-season testing might take this Brazilian rookie a little longer time to get use to his new ride.
The final piece of the puzzle was filled with the announcement that the Indian driver Karun Chandhok becomes the second driver from his country in five years to contest the Formula One World Championship. Chandhok, like his teammate, made his mark in GP2 over the past five years, so this welcome relief of an F1 transfer makes all the waiting well worth waiting for.
"This is just an unbelievable feeling! I am absolutely thrilled to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream to break into Formula One," Chandhok said. "We've been working for so many years for this opportunity and now that we've finally made it, it feels a bit surreal to be honest. Only when I get to Bahrain, I think it will fully sink in that I am going to be on the same grid as World Champions like Schumacher and Alonso."
Team owner Carabante out liked the idea of how the new name was picked for the team. "The name of the team contains the word Hispania, which is not only the name of one of my companies, but Hispania was also the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula. That reflects our team's new identity. 2010 will be a major debut for the team and drivers at the wheel of our HRT F1 Team car."
With all the ideas and pieces in place, the HRT F1 team will have to enter the opening race with no real idea on how their results will be.
"Everything is now in place after an impossible race against time to register the team's name and I truly believe that we have an excellent platform to build on and move forward for a strong 2010 performance," Kolles said. "Now, we need to work together. We need to learn together and keep developing as a team."