HRT will not run in last day of Barcelona test

2011 F1 testing

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Barcelona, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Barcelona, 2011

HRT say they will not run their car in the final day of the F1 test at Barcelona.

A spokesperson told F1 Fanatic: “We have covered our program today, so we are not driving tomorrow.”

HRT have run three different drivers during the test: Narain Karthikeyan, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Giorgio Mondini.

The team planned to run their new F111 at the next test in Bahrain. But there are doubts over whether that test will go ahead.

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60 comments on HRT will not run in last day of Barcelona test

  1. Any way to save costs eh…..

    • Sangeen Khan said on 20th February 2011, 16:48

      Or some extra time in the wind tunnel?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th February 2011, 18:31

      Sure. After all, they have done some 6 days of testing with their old car now. Not much new to learn from running it, is there.

      I think they might not even have joined in this test if not for the latest spec tyres and the opportunity to run Liuzzi and this Mondini guy (why Montermini is springing up in my mind?)

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 20th February 2011, 21:28

        Yeah, at a certain point continued running of last year’s car becomes irrelevant. I’m sure they’d be testing if they had their new car.

      • Montermini! WOOOO!!!

        anyway… I agree.

        For once though I will criticise HRT, maybe not so many people would call your team rubbish if you actually TOLD THEM WHY you do things…

  2. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 20th February 2011, 16:18

    “We completed our programme today, and we didn’t expect to do that, so we haven’t got anything planned for tomorrow and therefor won’t run.”

    Come on HRT, one minute you seem like serious F1 team, and the next you are back to your ramshackle ways, its just not good enough at this level!

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 20th February 2011, 16:18

      I read between the lines a wee bit obviously… :)

    • snowman said on 20th February 2011, 16:22

      Agree they are embarrassment to Formula 1. If all the teams were acting like HRT just imagine what kind of joke the whole thing would be.

      • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 20th February 2011, 19:43

        absolutely. They are no Minardi, they are instead simply an embarrassment.

      • Well, they came to Formula 1 because someone said that 40 millions were enough. They were cheated.

        These are the new teams Ecclestone and Moxley wanted, just cars to fill. And that’s what they get. Teams without money.

        Saying that they are embarrassment to Formula 1 is just unfair.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 20th February 2011, 20:13

      Nailed it.

      • snowman said on 21st February 2011, 12:57

        Can’t remember what promises were made over what they needed. Fair enough if they were told that, its just that the other new teams have their act together and we have HRT going grave digging for drivers and still haven’t got their lineup confirmed or 2011 car ready. But admit do like them about cause it’s good to have a comedy side of F1 and if they did make progress up the grid it would be inspiring!

  3. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 20th February 2011, 16:19

    “We have covered our program today, so we are not driving tomorrow.”

    Hahaha. Couldn’t they have at least came up with a more inventive excuse?

  4. NickTheGeek said on 20th February 2011, 16:20

    that says allot, every other team in the pit lane would do tyre work or something. I used to be sympathetic when people bash hrt but to be honest they are just a waste of a grid slot.

  5. I believe Kolles must have found holy grail of speed somewhere in barcelona that can be fitted in their F111 car, so they just pack up and go home…

  6. Shimks said on 20th February 2011, 16:33

    If you are in the F1 season, you should be obligated to run a certain number of test days.

    It doesn’t look to me like they’re going to make it to the end of the season, cash-wise. What a shame.

    • Daniel said on 20th February 2011, 21:48

      Ok, which car do you mean though? This year’s or last year’s? Because they only have the old car at the moment. Which you’ll recall was the slowest car last year. How much more do you think they can learn from running that?

    • I don’t think they’ll make it to the European leg… They’ll show up in Australia with the old car, and then go belly up. Sad ut true.

  7. “We have covered our program today, so we are not driving tomorrow.”

    What kind of an excuse is this?

  8. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 20th February 2011, 16:39

    I wonder if we will actauly see the real version of the f111

  9. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 20th February 2011, 16:42

    Hahahaha so you have ‘completed your program’ how about you decide to do more mileage to work out setups so you actually have a chance of being within the 107 rule?

  10. Sangeen Khan said on 20th February 2011, 16:47

    Hahaha..I love HRT..Enigmatic Maniacs..Seriously,we need them in Formula1..Wish them all the best..

  11. Why can’t Kolles just face the reality and admit that everything is not okay in the team. He tries to make HRT look as good as any other team, but instead he makes himself and the team look even worse.

  12. they are saving the fuel & tires!! bravo!!!

  13. No doubt HRT is the weakest team,but those who are laughing why don’t they buy their own team and outapace the redbulls and ferraris

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 20th February 2011, 18:26

      Its not about outpacing the Red Bulls and Ferrari’s. Minardi, Toro Rosso, Super Aguri, etc were never quicker than the RBs and Ferraris, but they took the sport seriously and worked hard. They were respectable.. and HRT is not. So I think we are all entitled to laugh at them.

  14. Shimks said on 20th February 2011, 17:12

    HRT, if they are really struggling for cash to the point where they will have to close down, they should make themselves the People’s Choice and somehow open themselves up to donation-based funding.

    There a millions of F1 fans out there. Many of us support the under-dogs. Personally, I wouldn’t mind throwing a fiver their way.

    I am sure their problems are not due to a lack of commitment. Everyone in that team will be working as hard as in the big teams. But F1 is a very expensive business.

    I’m still glad they got their chance. It was a shame Bernie didn’t put a 13th team on the grid this year. I don’t mind the controversy of a fledgling company failing. At least they give it a go. That’s always something to learn from and look back on. Just so long as the small teams aren’t dangerous to everyone else on the track.

  15. Victor. said on 20th February 2011, 17:23

    This is hilarious :D

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