HRT will miss Saturday test in Barcelona

2011 F1 testing

HRT F111, Barcelona, 2011

HRT F111, Barcelona, 2011

HRT will not participate in the test session in Barcelona on Saturday having failed to get the parts they need to the track.

The team said their dampers had been impounded by customs in Spain.

Team principal Colin Kolles said: “Unfortunately we could not get the dampers out of customs.

“The result of this is that we can’t run tomorrow.

“This is life and we will work to overcome the problem”.

HRT will therefore miss the last opportunity to run their new car in pre-season testing.

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  1. Hare said on 11th March 2011, 23:44

    Ouch! that’s gotta hurt! So.. similar to last year, the first test of the car on track will be at the first race of the season….

    ..hopefully, they’re design is good enough to put them further up the grid.

    • Hare said on 11th March 2011, 23:46

      ( yes, I did say further up the grid.. although I meant ‘closer to pack’ ) I will be amazed if they manage to not be on the back 2 rows of the grid this season.

      • richevans123 said on 12th March 2011, 0:01

        Or beat the 107% rule more worryingly!!

        • unoc said on 12th March 2011, 6:09

          Why are the dampers in customs?

          Isn’t HRT are Spanish team and the testing in Barcelona (a city in spain)?

          Spain isn’t exactly the largest country, so why ship them, simply drive if they are so important… or is it wait…

          JUST ANOTHER EXCUSE?>….

          • soundscape said on 12th March 2011, 6:11

            The dampers must come from overseas.

            Obvious answer is obvious.

          • Hare said on 12th March 2011, 7:32

            Way to go! Be cynical on the small guy. We don’t know anything other than this statement, so what can you make a judgement on?

            You think that HRT will manufacture every single item in the factory? Dampers, screws, washers, wheels, tyres, oil, petrol, carbon fibre, electronics, ECU, batteries, cables, engine, tubes, sensors, alternative composite materials?

            Tell me from your vast knowledge of HRT’s manufacturing process and supply chain, and/or F1 in general, exactly what comes from where, and how it gets delivered..

            From my point of view, I think you’ve jumped on HRT in the absence of enough knowledge on the fact to make a balanced opinion.

          • bobo said on 12th March 2011, 7:48

            People have been implying that they had to be shipped in from Bahrain after the cancellation of the testing there…

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2011, 7:48

            As Kolles said he only got 2 hrs of sleep before flying to barcelona for yesterdays presentation, I guess everything is just thight schedule.

            Most of the car is being built in Germany and Austria. Who knows, the dampers might be coming from Japan, China or India customer made.
            Anyway with the washed out track today, was there so much to gain from running? Even instalation laps look pretty far off right now.

  2. This is getting more and more ridiculous. Driving the dampers down would probably have got them to the track sooner :(

    • SeattleChris said on 12th March 2011, 1:14

      What a sketchy team. Why can’t they just admit they don’t have a freakin car ready to run yet.

      Instead they clearly lied and built up a body with which to show off instead. It would have been a better PR move to just say there were “unforeseen delays” in the production of “x” part and due to this the team cannot build the car quick enough.

      Anyone who believes they genuinely couldn’t make the race due to “customs” should re-read everything that was said leading up to last year. What a bunch of sucks.

    • Pinball said on 12th March 2011, 4:58

      Aren’t they meant to be a Spanish team? Isn’t Barcelona in Spain? Why are they trying import these things are the very last minute? How come the dampers are being shipped separately from the rest of the car?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2011, 7:50

      Maybe Hispania group have a bit of a bad name in the Spanish tax department?

      As today is going to be a washout on track, it might not matter too much in the end. You do wonder, why Kolles did not pack them into the hand luggage.

  3. mcmercslr (@mcmercslr) said on 11th March 2011, 23:47

    Impounded in customs and yet Hispania are based in Spain so there is no need to involve customs. Something seems fishy to me

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 11th March 2011, 23:53

      The team is registered in Spain and competes under a licence issued by the Spanish motorsports federation. However, the car – or at least the offending parts – was not built in Spain. I suspect it was built in England, or at Colin Kolles’ base of operations in Germany. Or even Bahrain; the team was expecting to unveil the F111 at the final test in Bahrain and may have sent parts there in advance, but then the uprising began and the test was re-scheduled, so Hispania had to recall the parts. The short version is that they had to be brought into the country for the test. Just because you live in a country, it doesn’t mean you are exempt from customs. There’s nothing suspect about it.

      • Mike said on 12th March 2011, 0:01

        You know for a fact that the parts were not built in Spain? Why would the parts STILL be in Bahrain? It was cancelled weeks ago. It’s fishy because how often do we hear that a F1 team can’t run because customs have impounded bits of their car? It’s suspicious that the only time it’s happened that I can remember is to the team that are struggling for cash, initially release a computer model of their car, and release their actual car, minus suspension parts on the 2nd to last day of a test

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 0:24

          You know for a fact that the parts were not built in Spain?

          Yes, I do. How do I know this? Because if the pasrts were built in Spain, they would not need to go through Spanish customs.

          Why would the parts STILL be in Bahrain? It was cancelled weeks ago.

          The political situation did not stop with the race being cancelled. The protests kept going on for some time – I see everybody stopped caring about it once a decision was made about the race – and so the parts may have been stuck there for some time until it was safe to get them out. Or maybe Hispania figured they wouldn’t need them until the Barcelona test and saw no reason to ship them back to Europe until they were needed.

          It’s suspicious that the only time it’s happened that I can remember is to the team that are struggling for cash, initially release a computer model of their car, and release their actual car, minus suspension parts on the 2nd to last day of a test

          How is it suspicious? Do you think Hispania somehow staged the launch of their car and then created an excuse not to run it when their entire goal this off-season has been to get to a test and put in some running? Why on earth would they do that? How could they possibly benefit from that unless their car is powered by embarrassment?

          Hispania’s suspension parts are caught up in customs because they had to be flown in from somewhere else. It is not uncommon for a customs department to hold things for some time while they are being processed. Particularly if they need to be quarantined or checked. Suspension parts for a Formula 1 car are not something that goes through customs every day; it’s likely the Spanish authorities would want to verify them before approving them. Given the sheer volume of travellers going through an international airport every day – all of whom usually have to get their baggage inspected by customs – it’s no surprise that Hispania have been delayed. All they are guilty of is poor planning (though based on what they have said over the past few days, the parts were shipped to Barcelona the moment they were ready to be). But I already know there is no conspiracy to avoid testing simply because such a conspiracy does not make sense.

          • Solo (@solo) said on 12th March 2011, 0:33

            Kolles said that the dampers where coming from America. I have no idea why exactly.

            Personally i think that the car was never meant to run and that’s just an excuse. The new car isn’t ready yet to start rolling and they found an excuse to get away with it and at least present the car as to not cast more doubts on whether they have a car by waiting until Australia.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 0:36

            Kolles said that the dampers where coming from America. I have no idea why exactly.

            America, then. The work was probably subcontracted out to someone who could do it better than Hispania.

            Personally i think that the car was never meant to run and that’s just an excuse.

            That makes no sense. It contradicts everything else that has been seen and heard from the team.

          • SteveH said on 12th March 2011, 1:02

            I’m with Solo. So the car was complete and ready to run except there were no dampers. Right. Pretty suspicious to me also. If the dampers were coming from the States they were probably from Penske, but still this sounds like a preplanned escuse.

          • DVC (@dvc) said on 12th March 2011, 3:40

            Ok, so who here believes the media wouldn’t have found out about it if HRT were lying and the parts weren’t actually stuck in customs?

            Please. The media would be all over it. They would have found out.

            How people can simultaneously claim that HRT aren’t organised enough to build an F1 car on time, but are organised enough to orchestrate a successful conspiracy good enough to fool the collective investigative power of the F1 media amazes me!

          • Mike said on 12th March 2011, 3:53

            I agree with DVC.

            This isn’t the first time a part hasn’t been used because a team had issues with customs.

          • P. Monkey has a point guys..No fishy about it. You people have fish in your brain. lol

          • Pinball said on 12th March 2011, 5:07

            DVC, it might not be a conspiracy, but seriously if you’re rocking up to the final pre-season test never having run your car, and it’s missing key parts (we’re not talking experimental alternative wings or whatever), you really got to wonder whether the team is all that organised.

            I would have thought you’d would install things like dampers onto the car back in the factory. Maybe also have the subcontractor build the parts nice and early, and have them sitting around the workshop until they are to be installed. When other teams ship parts out at the last minute it’s usually “nice to have” parts, rather than “our car won’t run if we don’t have this” part.

          • When other teams ship parts out at the last minute it’s usually “nice to have” parts, rather than “our car won’t run if we don’t have this” part.

            Like Team Lotus who had to miss running in earlier tests while they flew out the power steering – that’s a “nice to have” right?

            Seriously guys, even McLaren have been effected by parts getting stuck in customs before now. Stop reading too much into this. Usually when you hear the sound of hoofs…it’s not a zebra…

          • Pinball said on 12th March 2011, 23:06

            Like Team Lotus who had to miss running in earlier tests while they flew out the power steering – that’s a “nice to have” right?

            Yeah but the difference is Lotus didn’t actually leave it to the very last test to get their car to the track. When a team only manages to send their car to the very last test, on the last two days of that test, and the car is missing parts that prevents them from doing any running you really have to wonder what is going on.

      • Hare said on 12th March 2011, 7:33

        I agree with you PM… the stars must be aligned or something ;)

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2011, 7:52

        The chassis was apparently built by a german racing composits company, the wings prob. at Kolles place.

        Who knows where those dampers and suspension parts come from. Might have been from China, India or Japan.
        Or as you suggest being sent back from Bahrain.
        And running today was possibly not worth the effort anyhow, given its more rainy than in Korea last GP at the track today.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2011, 7:57

          Or America. Does it really matter, parts not there, customs suck.
          Sure, HRTs or Hispanias financial troubles might have made customs stricter, but it can just as well be pure bad luck.

          And as what PM writes on Bahrain is perfectly true. The protests and their handling by the government just got a bit more civilized, they are not nearly over. Your bad for losing interest in the country.

    • King Six said on 12th March 2011, 1:12

      What mcmercslr said pretty much sums up the idiocy of most so called F1 fans. Do yourself a favour and go back to circlejerking over fake Team Lotus and whatever other typical crap gets eaten up by the usual suspects

  4. James (@jamesf1) said on 11th March 2011, 23:47

    This was predictable. The car seems to be a better design compared to last year, so I reckon they could at least be racing against Virgin this year.

    • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 12th March 2011, 8:20

      all I can say is that I agree. It was so predictable and once again highlights the ineptitude of the team.

      Regardless of where the parts came from, they should have foreseen issues in customs. Made allowances for it, launched it earlier to make sure for example. They didn’t though and once again their latest car hasn’t turned a wheel by the first race. Its borderline dangerous and massively unprofessional.

  5. Mike said on 11th March 2011, 23:49

    HRT are becoming a bit of a joke aren’t they.

    Where are the dampers coming from? They’re a Spanish team, testing in Spain…..

    • …who bought their dampers from an American company.

      Now I know a lot of people struggle with placing some of the lesser known countries on the global map, so I’ll help you out here – American isn’t in Spain.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th March 2011, 12:02

      Red Bull does not mke its car in Austria, I don’t believe Mercedes make their car in Germany or Renault in France. ‘Honda’ was never made in Japan etc. And even if a car is built in the same country as its racing liscence, at least one of the thousands of parts will have been outsourced to a foreign company, becuse that company will either be cheaper or simply better than the local alternative.

  6. sato113 (@sato113) said on 11th March 2011, 23:52

    i thought HRT were based in spain??? why would they need to fly in parts?

    • James (@jamesf1) said on 11th March 2011, 23:57

      Depends, they may have outsourced development to somewhere else. i.e. Dallara is an Italian company.

      • Don Mateo said on 11th March 2011, 23:59

        They’re not using Dallara this year, they split with them last year. I think the new car has been built in Germany, although to be honest it’s really not clear where their factory is.

  7. David-A (@david-a) said on 12th March 2011, 0:00

    Kolles: He’s Really Tits-up.

  8. joac21 (@joac21) said on 12th March 2011, 0:15

    kolles said the dampers came from america. probably PENSKE.

    but this is supposed to be first race weekend and not having dampers seems pretty strange… i think they never planned to run anyway.

    if they put the car on a test rig (as most teams do) with what dampers they put it ??

    • totally agree

      this was a stunt!

      • King Six said on 12th March 2011, 1:14

        Or they were planned to go to Bahrain, but then that cancellation screwed it all up. I’d imagine an autocratic centralised nation like Bahrain would have pulled a few quick strings and got the parts in the country in no time.

    • but this is supposed to be first race weekend and not having dampers seems pretty strange…

      Or possibly they arranged for the dampers for the race weekend to go to where the race was going to be and only then worried about having a set to test the car…

  9. Hamish said on 12th March 2011, 0:17

    Likely a precautionary measure given the parts might have been exposed to Yamamotos stomach bug back in Singapore.

  10. TMFOX said on 12th March 2011, 0:18

    Must have come from outside the EU as you don’t have to get customs involved for items sent within the EU.

    They’ll get their parts eventually. Along with a big fee from customs no doubt.

  11. IceBlue (@iceblue) said on 12th March 2011, 0:19

    What a bunch of hogwash.
    They’re one-shot parts for a race car to be run on a track in the custom official’s country that brings in millions of dollars. It’s not a freight-load of bogus parts that are going to be sold in a black market in Madrid.
    By the way, where is Bernie Ecclestone’s influence in all of this? Or does he just shoot off his mouth about the new teams not being competitive and ignore the fact that they can’t even get parts to the track. The man is an ass.

    • DVC (@dvc) said on 12th March 2011, 3:47

      Nobody has any influence over beurocrats. Logic and common sense don’t apply to customs. If customs in Spain is anything like customs in my country, they won’t care whose stuff it is, they will take their sweet time and probably demand the payment of a needlessly large fee and that several forms be filled in in triplicate.

  12. Joe said on 12th March 2011, 0:21

    God this team is a joke.

    They should go do Formula Ford or something :/

  13. Its cool to be positive for an underdog team

    but this is just not good enough

    The dampers are not stuck in customs, they just brought a rolling chassis from the u-stow-it garage Jose’s mum rents out for him.

    the team does not have a working car.. simple!

    Yes i am one of the haters who prophesied they would not make it to any of the tests and they didnt..

    Shame Hispania Shame

    • Mike said on 12th March 2011, 4:20

      People keep saying this is all a conspiracy, but I just don’t see it?

      Where is the evidence?

  14. mild7nick said on 12th March 2011, 0:29

    agree, this team has no place in F1. The sport is meant to be the pinnacle yet substandard teams like HRT are allowed in

    • DVC (@dvc) said on 12th March 2011, 3:54

      Disagree. IMO a sport can’t be the pinnacle if they don’t give everyone the chance to compete, either directly through pre-qualifying or progression through lower formulae.

      LeMans is now the pinnacle of motorsport. Genuine development takes place in that series, the cars are less restricted, they don’t have artificial aids to improve overtaking, the races test the equipment more being longer, and anyone can have a go not just the established franchises.

  15. snowman said on 12th March 2011, 0:35

    This is the latest in a long line of bull#### from this team. Fair enough that they are tight on cash but the team seems to be run as disorganized and badly as is humanly possible.

    • Zadak said on 12th March 2011, 0:43

      don’t be so swift to say that…

      they cant yet be even compared to the elite F1 turds of history like Andrea Moda and Life

      • @snowman:I really appreciate how they work and trying hard even if the are short in budget.. So keep that bull**** to your body.

      • Burnout said on 12th March 2011, 6:37

        Or even Arrows right at the end. Deliberate DNQs are as low as an F1 team can stoop. HRT haven’t done anything nearly as horrible.

        • snowman said on 12th March 2011, 11:49

          I’m being harsh on HRT but like nearly every news release now from them makes it look they are being run by a bunch of clowns. How are they going to attract sponsor’s with these kind of headlines. Now they are going to Melbourne with no testing. Will be amazed if they make the 107% rule. Would like to see them succeed but they need to make some core changes to way the team is run and stop being such an embarrassment to F1.

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