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. Oliver said on 12th March 2011, 10:00

    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.

  2. snowman said on 12th March 2011, 11:47

    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.

  3. Kirky (@) said on 12th March 2011, 15:55

    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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