HRT F111, Barcelona, 2011

HRT will miss Saturday test in Barcelona

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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. QuadQuantum
    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.

    1. 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

  2. James Williams
    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.

    1. 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.

      1. The New Hope
        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.

        1. What is this “right” based on?

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

        2. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  5. Anyone really surprised?

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

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

  9. David Smith
    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 :)

  10. HRT has an agreement in place for their engines. And they have contracted Williams for tne gearboxes. As we all know, Frank Williams isn’t neccessarily charitable when it comes to other F1 teams so it is expected that HRT have already made some down payment.
    Only someone stupid will spend money, they don’t have, on something they won’t use.

  11. 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.

  12. After the food poisoning comment from last year, I always take what this team says with a pinch of salt. McLaren have parts coming and going from customs constantly throughout the test and these have usually been fitted and running the same day. Suddenly Hispania can’t get some needed parts past customs in over 24 hours? Something doesn’t add up.

    The car however requires some explanation to some people that may not know. While they have revised sidepods, floor and wings, the front suspension and tub is from the last years Dallara-made F110, the rear suspension and gearbox is from the Williams FW32, coupled onto the old tub. It really is something that’s been slapped together from different teams.

    Personally I feel sorry for the drivers, I wouldn’t want to go anywhere near the thing.

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