2012 F1 season review
The brief life of HRT in Formula One has come to an end with the news that the team has no place on the grid for 2013.
The team achieved little in 58 races – 56 of which it started – during the last three years. Its best result was a 13th place scored by Vitantonio Liuzzi in last year’s Canadian Grand Prix.
In its first two years it avoided finishing last in the constructors’ championship but fell to the foot of the table this year.
However the team did provide a starting point for drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Bruno Senna. Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado also tested for the team prior to his promotion to Williams’ race squad in 2011.
Look back on HRT’s short-lived Formula One campaign in this collection of pictures.
Former F1 racer Adrian Campos gained one of the F1 team slots offered for 2010. But after his attempt to establish the squad failed it was taken over by Jose Ramon Carabante who renamed it Hispania Racing Team.
Their Dallara-built car was presented shortly before the first race of the year in Bahrain and the team were still assembling their two cars for the first time as the season began. Karun Chandhok didn’t even get to drive his until qualifying began.
The cash-strapped team switched drivers during the year, bringing in Sakon Yamamoto and later Christian Klien.
Year two for HRT started badly. Once again there was no pre-season testing and they fell foul of the recently reintroduced 107% rule in Australia, meaning neither of their cars started.
Liuzzi scored the team’s best result in Canada but also triggered a sizeable first-lap crash at Monza (above).
Red Bull placed Daniel Ricciardo at the team halfway through the year. Narain Karthikeyan had to make way, though he was brought back for his home race at Liuzzi’s expense.
Karthikeyan returned for a full season in 2012 alongside Pedro de la Rosa. The team also gave practice mileage to Dani Clos and Ma Qing Hua.
But they limped to the end of the season suffering a string of technical problems as they ran low on funds. At the beginning of December the FIA confirmed the team was not on the 2013 entry list.
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