Campos changes name to HRT

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Campos Meta will change its name to HRT ahead of the 2010 season. It stands for Hispania Racing Team – Hispania being the name of a group owned by Jose Ramon Carabante, who took over the team last week.

It’s not an ideal choice of name. The same acronym is used by the Holden Racing Team in the Australian V8 championship, which appears on the support bill for the Australian Grand Prix. Outside of the motor racing world many people would associate it Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Of greater concern to the team is the fact they still haven’t done any testing. According to Adam Cooper the team will officially present its car tomorrow, just eight days before the first practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

There’s no official word from the team yet – their website changed over to a holding page yesterday.

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71 comments on “Campos changes name to HRT”

  1. I think I’ll just call them by their full name :P I like this team though. I like how when they got into trouble they just made the deal and it looks like some action is happening. Their the underdogs for me now but I just hope they stick with Senna.

        1. Yeah I think so too. They couldn’t change the name or risk losing the TV money that was coming to BMW Sauber.

          Since Campos Meta 1/HRT has no money coming from last season, they don’t lose.

  2. HRT is the most boring team name I’ve heard for years. Hispania on its own would have been better. Then again, surely they could have come up with something more interesting than either.

    1. HRT is pretty well know in australia already as it is the name of one of the leading v8 supercar teams (australian touring cars, now with races in bahrain, yas-marina, new zealand and potentially malaysia or singapore) … it stands for Holden Racing Team, holden is the name of general motors in australia.

  3. according to Adam Cooper they had to use HRT because of the FIA:

    As we suggested yesterday, the ex-Campos team will not officially be known as Hispania Racing, as that name was not accepted by the FIA. Instead it will use only those initials, and will henceforth be the HRT F1 team.

      1. Yes, espessially when you take in account, that the HRT acronym is used by a well nown motorsport outfit!

        Maybe the spanish FIA member objected to this?

      2. The Hispania name is not bad, it can be taken as hinting to “hispanics” in general. That could include the whole of South America as well.
        It actually makes me think of the name i thought up for a Campos/USF1 merger – Americas Racing.

        So really signing Senna and Lopez to the team would fit.

          1. I know that strictly speaking not all countries in South America have a spanish background. Brazil having portugese roots, Guyana French/Black and Suriname Dutch/Black with Indian hindoes. Not to forget the huge population of Native American/Indian people.

            But a lot of people in general refer to the whole of South America (and middle America as well) as being “hispanics”.

    1. Its a bit weired being called HRT F1 team of its not abbreviated it would be ‘Hispania Racing Team F1 team’ why not just HRF1 or somwthing like that

    1. There are limits as to how often they can change their name (probably not for new teams).
      I understand, that the new name of the “BMW Sauber Ferrari” will probably appear on the definitive entry list the FIA will publish, now the name of the Campos/Hispania outfit is clear.
      This list will also give defenitive information (hope so) on USF1 and Stefan GP for this year.

    2. Because a name change would cost sauber tv money it earned from where it finished last year, as campos/hrt didn’t compete last year they have nothing to lose

  4. Any thoughts on Karun Chandhok as the 2nd driver?

    I think Mallya did not want to take him on, because he was not fast enough. Maybe they will replace him with Lopez during the season (Lopez has at least been winning championships in cars lately)?

    Great if they make it to Bahrain and get to at least 1/3 of the GP distance in their “live testing” on track. I expect Dallarra to have some support personell there as well to assist.

    1. Think its unfair to say he’s slow. yes, he was far behind his Ocean racing team mate lat year, but you have to say he was in the wrong place. In 2008 he was not far behind Bruno Senna. Mallya only said he hasn’t proved himself to be at Force India, never said he was slow. Now that he has de money to land a F1 deal, is an opportunity to prove his worth.

  5. When I read they would be called HRT I initially thought of Hormone Replacement Therapy, I think Hispania Racing is much better.

    Well at least it looks they will make it to Bahrain even if they won’t have done any testing before the Grand Prix.

      1. someone, anyone, needs to find a way to beat 888 racing (even though i’m a fan of theirs), they are just so good at the moment, but it would be good to see HRT, FPR or SBR take it to them!

          1. 888 are unbelievable. First they build the new FG, win the first few races, then they change to Holden, and they win the first few races.

            For the last 3 years, Whincup has clean sweeped the opening round of the championship.

            Hopefully HRT (Not Campos) can come strong soon (Hopefully by Clipsal so I can see GT win at my home track)

  6. FIA seem to favour faceless acronyms over names that stand for something. Doesn’t help attract new fans to F1 does it?

    I’m guessing RBR or BAR were to avoid naming Red Bull which was banned in France or British American Tobacco – but it doesn’t explain STR or HRT, or “MF1″ instead of “Midland”?

    Or maybe Ferrari vetoed it…

  7. So one minute the cars will be driving beautifully, then for no discernable reason become awful and unpredictible. They will also get heavier as the season goes on and the team will lose confidence, before reinventing itself mid season with a disgusting new livery.

    Seriously, Hispania Racing was a pretty good name, but HRT? No.

  8. I’m fairly certain that commentators will call them ‘Hispania’. You rarely hear Red Bull being refered to as ‘RBR’ or ‘STR’ for Toro Rosso.

    1. Not if you’re brazilian…
      The Brazilian TV Network Globo refers to Red Bull as “RBR”, Toro Rosso as “STR”, Virgin as “Manor”, Midland was “MF1″.. which kinda sucks really..

  9. HRT give it thumbs down should have been espania racing team or espania f1 now hormonial changes can be a problems on the track only two good things aboutthis team they stuck it out and it looks like they will be in Bahrain and that bruno senna is getting his chance to drive in f1

  10. Who is the second driver for Campos/HRT??? On gpupdate you can read that Lopez may get the reserve driver seat at HRT but who is the second driver than?

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