HRT missing from FIA’s 2013 F1 entry list

2013 F1 season

Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Interlagos, 2012HRT do not appear on the 2013 F1 entry list published by the FIA.

The deadline for entries to the 2013 F1 season passed yesterday. HRT was put up for sale last month.

The list does not include the identities of Sauber, Toro Rosso or Caterham’s drivers, though most of these have been confirmed by the teams.

Force India and Marussia’s drivers are listed as yet to be confirmed, as is the identity of Kimi Raikkonen’s team mate at Lotus.

It also indicates that Nico Rosberg will use the number nine at Mercedes next year and new team mate Lewis Hamilton’s car will bear the number ten.

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96 comments on HRT missing from FIA’s 2013 F1 entry list

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  1. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 1st December 2012, 17:51

    Sad to see a team go in such a fashion. Even though they had muliple difficulties, it’s never good to see a team depart like that.

    • George (@george) said on 1st December 2012, 18:03

      At least they got to the end of the season, plenty of teams haven’t…

    • agree, and a shame for the guys & ladies that did everything they could to ensure they had 2 cars to race.

      Another team in the history of F1 thats gone. There will be others at some point ofcourse.

    • codesurge (@codesurge) said on 1st December 2012, 19:10

      They must have known going into the US and Brazil races that the lights in the shop were going to be turned off; credit to them for still plugging away to reach the end of the season, especially since the press was reporting that they had parts shortages and all.

      • Mike (@mike) said on 2nd December 2012, 0:47

        It’s sad, not unexpected.

        But the problem is, now Marussia or Caterham will most likely be the bottom team, and they will struggle for funding, and probably, they will sell or drop out, and this will continue.

        For the loser in F1, funding is very difficult. I think it needs to be addressed so that all teams get prize money, and use it more to keep smaller teams in the sport, instead of padding the already wealthy teams leather wallets.

        HRT did an admirable job, and the drivers, particularly De La Rosa, and all the mechanics and engineers should be very proud of what they achieved.

  2. Tomec3 said on 1st December 2012, 17:53

    Also Mercedes have dropped ‘AMG’ from their team name…

    • James_mc (@james_mc) said on 1st December 2012, 19:55

      Which is interesting as I’m fairly sure it was only this year or last they first started using it! And I’d thought they’d been moving to use the “AMG” brand for F1 as opposed to Mercedes? I could be mistaken however!

    • mantresx said on 1st December 2012, 22:17

      Also, didn’t Infinty have a title sponsorship with Red Bull??

    • IsaacTham (@isaactham) said on 2nd December 2012, 1:45

      Just a question: why is Hamilton given #10 when he finished ahead of rosberg this year? Is it a tradition to assign the higher number to a new driver in a team? (unless he’s WDC)

      • davidnotcoulthard said on 2nd December 2012, 6:15

        Is it a tradition to assign the higher number to a new driver in a team?

        Is it a tradition to assign the higher lower number to a new driver in a team?


      • FlyingLobster27 said on 2nd December 2012, 8:57

        Mercedes have always given the higher number to the driver who scored more points.

        • MiniHulk69 said on 2nd December 2012, 12:52

          FlyingLobster, can you explain to me then why Micheal Schumacher always carried the higher number over Nico when Nico out-scored him over a season???

          • FlyingLobster27 said on 2nd December 2012, 13:10

            3<4 and 7<8. Schumacher carried the lower number. QED

          • RamboII said on 2nd December 2012, 23:21

            Normally Rosberg would have had nr 7. The only reason they assigned it to Schumacher is because he didn’t want to drive with an even number. Something supersticious.

      • Dave (@davea86) said on 2nd December 2012, 8:59

        @isaactham It’s up to the team. When Alonso joined Ferrari he was new to the team so even though he finished ahead of Massa the previous year he was #8 to Massa’s #7.

        The same season Sauber picked up 2 new drivers to the team in de la Rosa and Kobayashi. Kamui finished higher in the previous season (Pedro didn’t race that year) but de la Rosa was given #22 and Kobayashi #23 because de la Rosa was the more senior driver. Schumacher did the same when he returned from his first retirement.

        Hamilton is the more senior driver in terms of success but Rosberg has started 18 more races and has been with the team for longer so I guess that got him #9.

        • I read in an interview (or saw in a statement) from Nico that he now definitely wanted the lower/odd number for the qualifying benefit of better grid position. (Assuming I suppose if make but don’t run in Q3 your grid position relative to teammate is based on car number)

  3. No surprises there then. So we’re back to the 22 car grid sadly: I hope someone will fill the void in 2014 (or if we’re lucky two teams will join, although I’d highly doubt that). Even better if we could have two big manufacturers such as Audi/VW/Honda/Toyota!

  4. uan (@uan) said on 1st December 2012, 18:05

    Sad HRT couldn’t make a go of it. At least they tried. Hats of to them.

    On a side note, looking at the entries, and it seems totally obvious in retrospect, but F1 doesn’t use the number 13 – doh. Never really thought about it before lol.

  5. callum (@095cal) said on 1st December 2012, 18:05

    Can anyone take over the team in the winter and still be on the grid next year or is it 22 cars only?

    • I think the teams are required to have paid an entry fee by now but I’m not sure!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd December 2012, 13:56

      There really is not that much to take over @095cal, I think it would be easier to start afresh, maybe using one of the existing motorsport facilities in the UK to do so. And I highly doubt anyone is currently willing to put in 100-150 Million EUR to get through the first year or two and still not get closer than the likes of Caterham and Marussia have managed.
      It would make far more sense to invest such money in getting a piece of FI, or Investing in Sauber, get Williams shares or buy STR from Dieter Mateschitz if one has the money available

  6. If I’m honest I doubt HRT’s presence will be sorely missed. After all, they have achieved almost nothing in their 3 year presence bar many brake failures and cementing their place as the worst team on the grid. I can’t help but think that their generally weak driver line-ups and poor economic location hasn’t helped matters.

    Just about the only TV coverage they ever gained was when there was either an accident or when the leader was lapping them so I’m not surprised that Thesen Capital had put them up for sale if they weren’t getting any media exposure!

  7. celeste (@celeste) said on 1st December 2012, 18:13

    Sadly the departur of HRT is like the story of Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, everyone knew it was comming but nobody could stop it…

    Now thinking about the survival of an F1, I think there is very few ways to make it work:
    Being a team legacy: like Ferrary, Williams and Mclarean
    Being a strong brand team: Mercedes, Toro Rosso and Red Bull
    Playing to nationality of the team or teir drivers: Sauber with it´s Mexican drivers is one example
    Or belong to a very rich person: Marussia and Force India (with all the economical problems that FI owners has he still has tons of money)

    Sadly HRT try to play to the nacionality in a moment when Spain as a country doesn´t have any money

    • Hairs (@hairs) said on 1st December 2012, 19:17

      Actually it’s nothing like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, because their entry contained not a single dose of either magic or realism.

      Call me hard hearted, but I won’t miss the team at all. The staff who worked so hard will hopefully find work elsewhere, but we have to be honest, what did they contribute to the grid? The succession of owners never got their act together, they never had sponsorship, they were never stable, and their place after 3 years was as it had been at the beginning: providing a warm seat for pay drivers, and allowing Bernie to claim a full grid. Nothing more.

      If they had been a potentially competitive team, I’d mourn their passing, but if they had another 3 years they’d still be exactly where they are now.

      I think next year qualifying will actually be more interesting. Two fewer cars means that instead of one midfield driver missing out on q2, it’ll be two. The pressure is on.

  8. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 1st December 2012, 18:15

    Given the budget and resources they had. Lasting 3 full seasons has been quite an accomplishment.

  9. michel said on 1st December 2012, 18:18

    hope kobayashi gets the lotus or force india seat

  10. Timebolt (@timebolt759) said on 1st December 2012, 18:39

    I salute you HRT

  11. Tom (@newdecade) said on 1st December 2012, 18:39

    Interesting that Marussia still carries the legal name Manor, even after two ownership changes. Would be cool if we still saw Tyrrell, Stewart or Toleman on the list!

  12. Girts (@girts) said on 1st December 2012, 19:08

    Sad news. I probably won’t miss the drivers and the team as such too much but F1 shouldn’t have lost a team without having a replacement for it. I don’t think it’s good that the already not-so-big grid has decreased by 2 cars.

  13. Very sad that HRT is out, they build a nice F1 factory in Spain this year and now have to stop. Formula 1 need many teams, not less. Hope for one Scandinavian team one day.

  14. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 1st December 2012, 19:48

    It is funny how F1 Racing’s December issue explains how Lewis will be treated differently at Mercedes compared to McLaren, i. e. the driver to lead the team to the highest summits instead of a just-grown-up-child.

    In football, the number 10s are the creative motors of the XIs, the playmakers. (Well, often.) It is only fitting Lewis will take on the #10 car next year.

  15. the fact that some drivers are not in the list is probably due to the fact that their team sent the FIA the letter of application for the championship before officially announcing the line-up. So no issue at all :)

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