Spanish squad annnounces Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok as drivers
5 March 2010

This is the new HRT Formula 1 car - and it will turn a wheel for the first time in the opening practice session for next week's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Spanish team - formerly known as Campos Grand Prix until it was bought out and renamed Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) - has announced Indian driver Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna as drivers.

See the new HRT F1 car pictures

The HRT challenger has been designed by Italian racing car constructor Dallara.

The team endured weeks of uncertainty in its preparation following financial problems with the outfit when it was known as Campos.

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5 March 2010

Is it good or bad that it stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

5 March 2010

Well it should be more reliable than PMT

5 March 2010

Good to see that the Holden Racing Team is stepping up to Formula One!

5 March 2010

good to see they snapped out of their sulk, had some chocolate and finished it.

5 March 2010

Not exactly plastered in sponsor logos is it? It would be a shame to see them going the same way as USF1 but I'd be worried about the depth of their pockets.

I'm also not sure I'd want to be on the same track in the middle of a Grand Prix as a car that has had only a 4 hours of running. This car has never turned a corner, and they will have 3 hours of practice on Friday, plus an hour on Saturday, before they are shoved into qualifying. It would have taken Virgin and Lotus twice that long before they even had a decent amount of data to start really testing the car.

I wish HRT the best of luck, but I fear they'll need it. F1 needs a healthy number of teams on the grid, but what it doesn't need is two mobile chicanes 4 laps behind the leaders and causing a hazard when their untested car spears off the track.

5 March 2010

The front wheels are on backwards.

The logo arrows are supposed to point in the direction the wheel goes.

Maybe they're already anticipating spinning backwards in to gravel traps a lot so they've set the car up especially for that :)

5 March 2010

I like the livery of this one too. There's some really nice looking liveries this year, which is always a bonus. It'll no doubt be crap but at least it'll be entertaining to see a few non-competitive retirements. Ditto the jokes about HRT. Who picked that name!

5 March 2010

erm, ok, where is the money coming from?? whilst most F1 cars are plastered with logo's, this seems worryingly short of anything! we will do a collection for the cost of the plane tickets to the first race.

maybe 20+ seconds off the pace?? (assuming they get there & they can complete a lap!)

5 March 2010

[quote every thing you say is right]Ditto the jokes about HRT. Who picked that name![/quote]

An up and down season?

5 March 2010

[quote marktobin]maybe 20+ seconds off the pace?? (assuming they get there & they can complete a lap!)[/quote]

I would be worried about these guys from a safety perspective if I was involved in F1. Untried drivers, chassis, systems and the first time it goes is in competition.

There will a major accident involving this car sooner rather than later.

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