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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98 comments on HRT will miss Saturday test in Barcelona

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 0:43

    If this were any other team who got caught up at customs, none of you would be questioning them in the slightest. You would be completely accepting that parts got held up because customs hadn’t checked them through (and in the case of McLaren, more than one person would claim it was a conspiracy to deprive Lewis Hamilton of track time). But because Hispania are a small team who have struggled and made strange decisions in the past, suddenly it’s a big conspiracy to get out of running in the test sessions.

    They might be the minnows of the grid, and they might be battling for survival on a good day, but Hispania deserve your respect. Nobody expected them to make it to Bahrain in 2010, and yet they did. Not only that, but the managed to see out the season, at finish higher than twelfth and last place in the final Constructors’ points standings. And now they have managed to produce a car all on their own on a shoestring budget, and present it in time for a pre-season test. But despite defying the odds on a daily basis, one little hiccough along the way – and a much smaller one than the upsets they usually have to deal with – and suddenly they’re a bunch of frauds aiming to decieve everyone into thinking they’re a professional racing outfit.

    Shame on you.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 12th March 2011, 0:47

      You would be completely accepting that parts got held up because customs hadn’t checked them through (and in the case of McLaren, more than one person would claim it was a conspiracy to deprive Lewis Hamilton of track time).

      Have to admit that part is so true.

    • wow…. when did you pop a Valium, normally i look forward to you cynical comments

      shame on you prisoner monkeys….. shame

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 1:21

        I just don’t buy into the notion that this is all a big conspiracy for publicity, simply because having the parts on the car and running during testing would produce more publicity than this.

      • IceBlue (@iceblue) said on 12th March 2011, 1:26

        Wow, dud…. If you’re gonna accuse someone of being a druggie, at least get your references correct. “Valium” is a “downer” that generally mellows a person out. The sense that I got from your reply would imply use of “crank” or methamphetamine use.
        Either way, the monkey man was spot on.

        • i have got my references correct

          look back at previous comments by this user sharp, stern, aggressive and factual

          prisoner monkeys i always like your comments but this is pass the peace pipe stuff

          stick to your technical graft and smash a line of crank :p

          ice blue i didn’t accuse, just proposed a question which was answered

          “I just don’t buy into the notion that this is all a big conspiracy for publicity, simply because having the parts on the car and running during testing would produce more publicity than this.”

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 12th March 2011, 2:47

      why shame? I think what I think…

      and I think this isn’t true… how many times have we heard lies in F1?

      this could well be one.

      I seriously think they have not finished the car yet, but they shipped it all the way to Barcelona to show the car and try to get some headlines.

      I’d do it if I was battling for survival.

  2. Key operational staff:

    Dr. Manfredi Ravetto, Director Business Affairs

    Boris Bermes, Chief of Operations

    Toni Cuquerella, Chief of Racing and Testing

    Heike Feldkamp, Team Management Coordinator

    what are these bananas doing?

  3. Rob Wilson said on 12th March 2011, 0:57

    This has GOT to be the most ulucky team in history!

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 12th March 2011, 1:07

    sorry… but I don’t buy this.

    I bet the car wasn’t ready and they shipped it anyway to some sort of official launch, hoping all the cameras at Barcelona caught them. They did it, now they are packing again, because the car isn’t completed.

    Considering the lack of sponsors and the horrid “This could be you” logos, it’s obvious they are desesperate for sponsors.

    I don’t belive this story.

  5. Steve said on 12th March 2011, 1:11

    Give them a break. They have the smallest budget and all they are trying to do is survive. I have no idea why everyone is so hostile towards them.

    Chances are they dont have enough cash to have the stuff delivered as quick as the other teams do. So they tried to get the stuff there using a cheaper method.

    • pinnacle of Motorsport does not go with:

      small budget
      trying to survive
      not enough cash
      cheaper method
      constant mistakes
      poor results
      no developments
      pay driver budget

      etc.

      thats why

      pro drive, lola the teams that where knocked back are supposed to be here not HRT

      • Steve said on 12th March 2011, 10:09

        Those said teams were knocked out because they were even less financially sound.

        You are a very sour person if you hate a team for the above reasons. Look back to the past, prior to 1990, and take a look at how small the budgets were back then. There is always going to be a weakest team who is trying to stay afloat.

    • SteveH said on 12th March 2011, 17:18

      I would be happy to give them a break, wish them well, hope they make the 107% rule, and have a good season. But I won’t if they lie to me, and I think the damper excuse is a lie. If they had just come out and said “money is tight and we haven’t finished the car” I would have a lot more respect for them.

  6. QuadQuantum said on 12th March 2011, 1:19

    Yeah, this is getting beyond a joke.

    Their car launch digital, presumably because they had not finished the actual car, and therefore had nothing to launch. Now, they turn up in Spain and pull of the covers knowing full well they can’t turn a wheel.

    Reading between the lines… This car is not finished. Its not ready to race, so the team are making up some excuse as to why they can’t run it.

    I have serious doubts that the F111 will pass the 107% rule.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th March 2011, 10:20

      When last years car did that and this years car is quicker, while the others have slowed a bit for losing the downforce from their DDDiffusors how would they be further back this year?

      The car certainly will not be slower than last year, as they have better rear end an actually got some aero development on that car for the first time over the winter

  7. James Williams said on 12th March 2011, 1:21

    As I said, HRT bring nothing to F1 and are utter failures. What would they have done if Bahrain still went ahead eh?

    Hopeless Racing Team deserve to be kicked out, they really do. They are an embarrassment to the sport.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 1:39

      They can’t be kicked out for being slow. Only two teams have ever been banned from competing: Andrea Moda and USF1. They were banned for bringing the sport into disrepute; Andrea Moda because their team principal was arrested for fraud, and USF1 because they failed to make the grid having spent the better part of a year wasting everyone’s time.

      Hispania, on the other hand, have not brought the sport into disrepute. They simply have no budget and no pace, but they have every right to compete. There was a time twenty years ago when teams like HRT were a common sight on the grid. I think the fact that they’ve made it this far is admirable.

      • The New Hope said on 12th March 2011, 2:46

        They have a “right” to compete? Since when did F1 racing become a question of rights? What is this “right” based on? If there car isn’t fast enough, or if they do not have enough money, they won’t race at all…”rights” or not. I wish them well, because I like lots of cars on the grid and I like Tonio, but lets not get ridiculous.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 12th March 2011, 3:37

          What is this “right” based on?

          Maybe the grid slot they were given by the FIA prior to 2010?

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 5:46

          If there car isn’t fast enough, or if they do not have enough money, they won’t race at all…”rights” or not.

          They have a car. They have shown they can see out a full season. Their budget might be less than what Ferrari spend on a single driver, but what have they done to deseve being kicked out of the sport other than languish a few seconds behind everyone else? Go back twenty five years to the Age of Senna, and teams that were in worse condition than Hispania were commonplace. They all lived and died on their own, so why should Hispania suddenly be barred from competing?

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 12th March 2011, 2:02

    So just like 2010 they won’t be running at all before the season starts off? What type of sandbagging is that? Will they get any private test?

  9. DavidS (@davids) said on 12th March 2011, 2:50

    Why didn’t they have dampers already fitted to the car, or with the rest of their parts that have supposedly been shipped out to the circuit without delay. Even if they don’t have the dampers they intend to race, surely it’s possible for them to do installation runs to make sure the systems are working and the car doesn’t suddenly explode.

    I’m not suggesting that it’s a conspiracy by HRT to save face, but surely the inability to deal with logistics like every other team is troubling.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 5:56

      The dampers were supplied by someone in America. It’s likely that Hispania knew the dates they were going to be testing in Barcelona, and so arranged to have the parts shipped out to the city in advance so that they could meet them there. However, it appears that someone – everyone, really – forgot to factor in the customs office, which could hold their parts.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2011, 8:11

        Or maybe they wanted to improve something last moment and the parts got shipped in the nick of time.
        Customs can be a nuisance for anyone. I think there has been a fair share of parts not arriving in time for testing or a race due to customs with most teams.

  10. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 12th March 2011, 6:09

    Anyone really surprised?

  11. Oliver said on 12th March 2011, 7:21

    Damper parts can be used to smuggle drugs as have been done by a race team owner in the late 80’s or early 90’s.
    This is not the first time customs have delayed F1 car parts. Even FOM have customs issues.

    F1 is of no value to the Customs.

  12. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 12th March 2011, 7:36

    Poor HRT. You would think that now they have to just do low-fuel runs all the time, it’s going to be very important for them to get through into the race (although I heard somewhere the 107% rules doesn’t apply to the first race?). And then just pound in every mile they can get in free practice (McLaren should do this too).

  13. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th March 2011, 7:46

    Oh dear! I know that parts need to go through customs irrespective of their country of origin…bit this is still a little ironic!

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th March 2011, 7:46

    but*

  15. David Smith said on 12th March 2011, 8:11

    I am a HRT fan i admire then for surviving. But to me something doesnt add up – all seems a bit suspect to me.
    I hope i’m wrong!
    I’m going to use this excuse next time I sell something on ebay that doesnt arrive – I shall just say stuck in customs bear with me :)

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