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HRT Formula 1 Team

Full name HRT Formula 1 Team
Hispania Racing F1 Team
Campos Meta 1
Base Madrid, Spain
Founder(s) Adrián Campos
José Ramón Carabante
Noted staff Colin Kolles
Geoff Willis
Luis Pérez-Sala
Daniele Audetto
Toni Cuquerella
Noted drivers Bruno Senna
Narain Karthikeyan
Daniel Ricciardo
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Pedro de la Rosa
Formula One World Championship career
Debut 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races competed 58 (56 starts)
Engines Cosworth
Race victories 0 (best finish: 13th, 2011 Canadian Grand Prix)
Pole positions 0 (best grid position: 18th, 2010 Belgian Grand Prix)
Fastest laps 0
Final race 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
Bruno Senna completed 17 laps of the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix before retiring with an overheating engine.
Karun Chandhok recorded Hispania Racing's first finish with fourteenth position at the Australian Grand Prix.
Sakon Yamamoto replaced Chandhok for the 2010 German Grand Prix.
Bruno Senna continued to drive for the rest of the season after missing the 2010 British Grand Prix. He is seen here at the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix.

HRT Formula 1 Team, formerly known as Campos Meta 1 and Hispania Racing, was a Spanish Formula One team founded by former driver Adrián Campos. It was sold to José Ramón Carabante before its debut in 2010, and then to investment group Thesan Capital in July 2011. It was the first Spanish team to race in Formula One; a previous effort known as "Bravo F1" failed to enter the sport in 1993.[1]

In November 2012, HRT's owners announced that they were looking to sell the team.[2] When they were unable to find a buyer before the deadline of 30 November, the team was subsequently omitted from the 2013 entry list.[3]


  • History 1
    • Formation 1.1
    • Financial struggles and rebranding 1.2
    • 2010 season 1.3
    • 2011 season 1.4
    • 2012 season 1.5
    • Team closure 1.6
  • Complete Formula One results 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



The team began as a collaboration between Adrián Campos of

  • Official website (Defunct link)

External links

  1. ^ "F1 News – > GP Encyclopedia > People > Nick Wirth". Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Collantine, Keith (12 November 2012). "HRT put up for sale by Thesan Capital". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Straw, Edd (1 December 2012). "HRT fails to find buyer before 2013 Formula 1 entry deadline". ( 
  4. ^ "Analysis: New F1 teams in detail". ( 
  5. ^ a b "Team History" ( 
  6. ^ "Spain's Formula One Team Campos Meta gears up by reaching an agreement with Murcia local government" ( 
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan (12 June 2009). "Fifteen teams lodged F1 entries". ( 
  8. ^ Noble, Jonathan (31 October 2009). "Campos honoured to give Senna F1 slot". ( 
  9. ^ "Ecclestone has doubts over US F1 and Campos". ESPN F1 (ESPN EMEA Ltd.). 22 December 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Noble, Jonathan; Rencken, Dieter (9 January 2010). "Teixeira linked with Campos role". ( 
  11. ^ a b Beer, Matt (28 January 2010). "Teixeira wants A1GP link for Campos". ( 
  12. ^ English, Steven (27 January 2010). "Campos could miss all testing". ( 
  13. ^  
  14. ^ Benson, Andrew (5 February 2010). "Adrian Campos 'working hard' to secure F1 team's future". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Bouman, Berthold (17 February 2010). "Campos-Meta silence continues". (GMM). Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  16. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (19 February 2010). "Carabante takes over Campos team". ( 
  17. ^ Cooper, Adam (19 February 2010). """Collin Kolles takes charge at Campos: "we will have two cars at Bahrain. Adam Cooper's F1 Blog. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  18. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (3 March 2010). "Campos to race under Hispania name". ( 
  19. ^ Noble, Jonathan (4 March 2010). "Chandhok announced as HRT driver". ( 
  20. ^ Noble, Jonathan (4 March 2010). "HRT unveils its 2010 F1 contender". ( 
  21. ^ "2010 Bahrain – HRT F1 – Formula 1 Friday report". F1SA (Formula One Supporters Association). 12 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010. Karun Chandhok F110-01 #20 
  22. ^ Strang, Simon (12 March 2010). "Sutil tops first practice in Bahrain". ( 
  23. ^ Beer, Matt (12 March 2010). "Rosberg quickest in second practice". ( 
  24. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (12 March 2010). "Senna happy after 'great start' for HRT". ( 
  25. ^ Strang, Simon (12 March 2010). "Chandhok misses out on Friday running". ( 
  26. ^ Beer, Matt (13 March 2010). "Vettel flies to Bahrain GP pole". ( 
  27. ^ Straw, Edd (13 March 2010). "Chandhok: Qualifying was a shakedown". ( 
  28. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (14 March 2010). "Senna relieved to get some running". ( 
  29. ^ "First HRT F1 Team race finish – Qantas’s Australian Grand Prix". Hispania Racing (MotionCompany). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  30. ^ "Senna to return after Silverstone".  
  31. ^ Beer, Matt (26 May 2010). "Hispania and Dallara end partnership". ( 
  32. ^ "Toyota deal 'an option' for Hispania Racing Team". ( Corporation; GMM). 23 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  33. ^ "Hispania Racing está estudiando un acuerdo de colaboración con Toyota".  
  34. ^ Noble, Jonathan (17 September 2010). "Kolles says Hispania future is secure". ( 
  35. ^ Beer, Matt (6 November 2010). "Ex-Telefonica CEO joins Hispania". ( 
  36. ^ Beer, Matt (9 November 2010). "Pastor Maldonado to test for HRT F1". ( 
  37. ^ English, Steven (15 November 2010). "Valsecchi, Kral to test for Hispania". ( 
  38. ^ "Toyota severs ties with Hispania". BBC. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  39. ^ "Hispania ha puesto su escudería a la venta".  
  40. ^ "Hispania no longer a member of FOTA". (The F1 Times). 8 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  41. ^ Noble, Jonathan; Lostia, Michele (10 January 2011). "HRT confirms FOTA split". ( 
  42. ^ Noble, Jonathan (6 January 2011). "Karthikeyan signs race deal with HRT". ( 
  43. ^ Beer, Matt (18 February 2011). "Liuzzi: Hispania has good potential".  
  44. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (19 February 2011). "Hispania to test Mondini on Sunday".  
  45. ^ "Liuzzi handed drive with Hispania Racing".  
  46. ^ Collantine, Keith (4 July 2011). "Thesan Capital takes control of HRT F1 team". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  47. ^ Beer, Matt (4 July 2011). "Spanish investment company Thesan Capital becomes majority Hispania shareholder". ( 
  48. ^ "Ricciardo drives for Hispania Racing". Hispania Racing (Media Channel Entertainment). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  49. ^ "Pedro de la Rosa will drive for HRT F1 Team in 2012". (HRT F1). 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  50. ^ "HRT F1 Team and Dr. Colin Kolles part ways for 2012". (HRT F1). 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  51. ^ "HRT F1 TEAM establishes its permanent headquarters in the Caja Mágica". HRT F1 Team (HRT F1). 8 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  52. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (9 February 2012). "New HRT car now set for final F1 test after failing two crash tests".  
  53. ^ Elizalde, Pablo; Straw, Edd (17 March 2012). "HRT not allowed to race in Australia after failing to qualify".  
  54. ^ "HRT in talks with potential buyers". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  55. ^ Wise, Mike (10 December 2012). """A supplier to HRT has accused them of presenting "misleading information.  
  56. ^ Noble, Jonathan (29 January 2013). "HRT F1 entry and assets being pursued by new Scorpion Racing". ( 
  57. ^ Romojaro, Raul (14 February 2013). "HRT termina en el desguace" [HRT ends in scrapping].  


Year Chassis Engine Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Points WCC
20 Karun Chandhok Ret 14 15 17 Ret 14 20 18 18 19
Christian Klien Ret 22 20
Sakon Yamamoto Ret 19 20 19 16 15
21 20
Bruno Senna Ret Ret 16 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 19 17 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 21 19
22 Narain Karthikeyan DNQ Ret 23 21 21 17 17 24 17
Daniel Ricciardo 19 19 18 Ret NC 19 22 19 Ret 20
23 18
Vitantonio Liuzzi DNQ Ret 22 22 Ret 16 13 23 18 Ret 20 19 Ret 20 23 21 20 Ret
22 Pedro de la Rosa DNQ 21 21 20 19 Ret Ret 17 20 21 22 18 18 17 18 Ret Ret 17 21 17
23 Narain Karthikeyan DNQ 22 22 21 Ret 15 Ret 18 21 23 Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret 20 21 Ret 22 18
indicate fastest lap) italics indicate pole position; races in bold() (results in

Complete Formula One results

In November 2012, the owners of HRT F1 announced that they were putting the team up for sale. The team needed to find a buyer by 30 November – the date by which entry fees for the 2013 were due to be paid – or else face closure and a departure from the sport. HRT failed to find a buyer in time, and the team was omitted from the 2013 entry list. They were later reported to be in liquidation.[55] and despite bids to purchase and revive the team under a new name,[56] their assets were ultimately sold to Teo Martin, owner of a firm specialising in recycling automotive parts. Martin intends to race the cars in the EuroBOSS Series.[57]

Team closure

In February 2012 it was announced that the team would move its operations to the Caja Mágica complex in Madrid, using 11,000 square metres.[51] The team's car, the F112, was originally scheduled to complete its first running during the second pre-season test in Barcelona in late February, but was delayed due to the car failing mandatory crash tests.[52] At the Australian Grand Prix, de la Rosa and Karthikeyan were not permitted to race, as both drivers failed to lap within 107% of the fastest time in the first part of qualifying.[53] On 12 November 2012, the team's owner Thesan Capital confirmed that they were in talks with several parties in regard to the sale of the Spanish outfit.[54]

On 21 November 2011, it was announced that Pedro de la Rosa had signed for the team on a two-year contract.[49] On 14 December 2011, the team announced that team principal Colin Kolles was leaving, effective from the following day, "due to the new direction that the team has taken and the decision of the new management to move the team headquarters to Spain".[50] He was replaced by Luis Pérez-Sala.

2012 season

For the British Grand Prix, Karthikeyan was replaced by Red Bull protégé Daniel Ricciardo.[48] He qualified 24th with Liuzzi in 23rd, and they finished 19th and 18th respectively. Ricciardo again finished 19th in Germany, while Liuzzi retired. In Hungary, Liuzzi finished 20th and Ricciardo 18th. Despite not setting a time within 107% of the best time in Q1, both cars were allowed to race in Belgium. Liuzzi finished 19th and Ricciardo retired with a vibration in his car.

On 4 July 2011, it was announced that Thesan Capital, a Madrid-based investment company purchased a controlling stake in the team from owner Jose Ramon Carabante.[46] Thesan Capital announced the team's operations would continue as they had before the purchase, and that they had no plans to change the team name or alter its operational structure. In a statement released to the media, Thesan Capital described their intentions as making the team "more Spanish" and settling the team within Spain.[47]

In Turkey, Liuzzi started the race in front of both Virgins, but finished 22nd thanks to brake problems, with Karthikeyan in 21st. Spain saw both cars starting ahead of Jérôme d'Ambrosio, but meanwhile Karthikeyan finished 21st, Liuzzi retired with gearbox problems; in Monaco, neither driver set a lap in qualifying, but were allowed to start the race by the stewards. Thanks to that, Liuzzi managed to finish 16th, just ahead of Karthikeyan in 17th. In Canada, the team achieved their best result to date with both drivers finishing in 13th and 14th positions, placing them ahead of Virgin in the Constructors' Championship. However, Karthikeyan was hit with a post race penalty for cutting a chicane during the race, which dropped him to 17th place. At Valencia, Liuzzi and Karthikeyan finished 23rd and 24th.

The team's 2011 car, the Hispania F111 made its debut during the second practice session of the Australian Grand Prix, with Vitantonio Liuzzi completing an installation lap three minutes before the end of the session. In qualifying, both drivers failed to score a time under the 107% of the pole. In Malaysia, the team showed improved pace, with Liuzzi only half a second from the slowest of the Virgin cars. Both cars were within 107% of the polesitter's time, and were thus able to take the start of the race. However both cars retired with technical problems. In China, Liuzzi and Karthikeyan qualified again, and completed the race as the last two classified finishers in 22nd and 23rd respectively.

[45] Liuzzi was confirmed as Hispania's second driver on 9 March 2011.[44] On 6 January,

Narain Karthikeyan (pictured) and Vitantonio Liuzzi joined the team for the 2011 season.

[41] Former chief executive officer of

Hispania parted company with Dallara in May 2010 after the partnership between the two companies had become tense due to the car's lack of performance. The team sought an alternative technical deal to assist in the construction of its 2011 chassis.[31] When Hispania was still under the Campos name, team owner José Ramón Carabante said in an interview with Autosport that Campos Meta F1/HRT were eyeing a Ferrari engine supply for the 2011 season. Colin Kolles said in an interview with Diario AS in July 2010, that talks about a partnership with Toyota was an option for 2011.[32][33] Kolles confirmed in October that the team had enough financing to complete its maiden Formula One campaign.[34]

2011 season

On the eve of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Hispania announced that Bruno Senna had been dropped for the race, and that test driver Sakon Yamamoto would take his place. However, it was announced that Senna would race after Silverstone, saying that they "want to confirm that Bruno Senna has all the support of the Spanish team" and "that he remains one of the Hispania Racing HRT F1 team's official drivers and that he will be continuing to drive in the remaining races."[30] Yamamoto replaced Chandhok for the next four races, before being replaced by Christian Klien for the Singapore Grand Prix due to food poisoning. Yamamoto returned for the following two races, but was again replaced by Klien for the final two races of the season.

In Turkey, the team's other test driver Sakon Yamamoto completed the first practice session, setting the slowest time of the session.

Hispania started well in Monaco, leapfrogging their rivals (Lotus and Virgin) at the start of the race. Senna later retired, but Chandhok was looking set to finish until he was involved in a frightening accident with Jarno Trulli who when trying to overtake Chandhok, hit the side of the Hispania car and was sent over the top of it and into the barrier. Both drivers were unhurt. The crash almost cost Mark Webber the race win as he was following the pair closely when the accident occurred.

The fifth start in Spain wasn't so successful for both Hispania drivers. Senna retired in the first corner after an accident, Chandhok remained on the track for 30 laps, then retired with a broken suspension. However the team's new test driver Christian Klien drove for the team in first practice.

Hispania recorded its first double finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix with Chandhok finishing in front of Senna, albeit 3 and 4 laps down respectively. The team repeated this feat at the Chinese Grand Prix with Senna in 16th and Chandhok 17th, the last of the cars still running.

At the Australian Grand Prix, the cars again occupied the back row of the grid, with Senna ahead of Chandhok. The F110s were both 6.6 seconds off the polesitter's time, but only 0.34 seconds behind the Virgin of Lucas di Grassi. Senna's car only lasted four laps of the race before retiring with a hydraulic failure, but Chandhok finished 14th and last for the car's first classified finish, albeit five laps adrift of winner Jenson Button and three laps behind Heikki Kovalainen's 13th-placed Lotus. This was partly due to a damaged floor caused by Chandhok coming off the track twice during the race.[29]

With no pre-season testing, the F110 completed its first laps during the weekend of the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix. Senna's car was completed in time for him to complete three installation laps in the first free practice session.[22] In the second session, he completed 17 laps, setting a best time over 11 seconds off the pace, but slid off the road after completing his final lap due to one of his car's wheels coming loose.[23] Senna described the day's work as a "great start", considering the team's lack of preparation.[24] By contrast, the mechanics were unable to make the clutch and gearbox on Chandhok's car work, and he did not complete any laps on Friday.[25] In qualifying, Senna and Chandhok set the 23rd and 24th-quickest times to share the back row of the starting grid: Chandhok was finally able to complete his car's first laps in anger and set a time 1.7 seconds slower than his team-mate, who was in turn just over eight seconds behind polesitter Sebastian Vettel.[26][27] For the race, both cars started from the pit lane; Chandhok crashed out on the second lap and Senna retired on lap 18 with an overheating engine.[28]

2010 season

On 19 February, it was announced that majority shareholder José Ramón Carabante had taken over full control of the team from Adrián Campos, who was also replaced as team principal by Colin Kolles.[16][17] The team was renamed to Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) ahead of their first race,[18] with the name taken from Grupo Hispania, one of Carabante's companies. The team's headquarters were moved from Meta Image's offices in Madrid to Grupo Hispania's offices in Murcia. On 4 March, Karun Chandhok was confirmed as the team's second driver.[19] The team launched their Cosworth-powered, Dallara-designed car later the same day;[20] it was called the F110.[21]

On 5 February 2010, Campos boss Adrián Campos told BBC Sport that the team were struggling to find funding. It was paying the €7 million to Dallara stating that "sometime we have the money sometime we don't". He confirmed that the funding should be finalised and within place the following week. He also denied the fact that F1-hopefuls Stefan GP had taken the Campos' car stating that "we've got a contract and as long as we're paying the contract is valid".[14] Later in February, speculation began to spread as to whether Campos would actually make the 2010 field, and the team admitted budgetary problems.[15]

On 22 December 2009, Bernie Ecclestone voiced concerns about the team's ability to be on the grid for the first race of the 2010 F1 season.[9] In January 2010, A1 Grand Prix principal Tony Teixeira was one of several potential investors linked to the team in an effort to open up a revenue stream in the build-up to the 2010 testing season.[10] Teixeira, who had previously been rumoured as a potential buyer of Honda at the end of 2008 has stated his intentions to make Campos the Formula One "arm" of the struggling A1 Grand Prix series.[11] On 27 January, the team admitted that they may not be able to participate in the 2010 winter testing season at all and that their second driver may not be announced until the eve of their first race.[12] Despite this admission, Teixeira claimed the team was aiming to make the second test session and believed that they would "definitely" make the third session at Jerez.[11] However, it was reported in early February that Teixeira's proposed buy-out of the team was being met with resistance from the established teams.[13]

Financial struggles and rebranding

On the weekend of the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Campos confirmed that Bruno Senna, the nephew of former world champion Ayrton Senna, would be one of their racing drivers for 2010.[8]

On 12 June, Campos Meta were named by the FIA as one of three new teams granted entry to the 2010 season, along with US F1 Team and Manor Grand Prix.

The team's headquarters were originally located at Meta Images's offices in Madrid, housing marketing and administration, while its technical centre is located at Campos Racing's headquarters in Alzira, Valencia. In October 2009 the team completed a deal with the local government of the Region of Murcia to build new facilities for the team at the Parque Tecnológico Fuente Álamo science park.[6] Italian constructor Dallara built the 2010 cars in Parma, which used Cosworth engines.[7]


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