I came upon this idea from a comment on one of James Allen’s articles. Is it feasible and would it be a reasonable venture for Ferrari to buy HRT? I believe they have the financial resources to acquire a small team, and it would be of huge benefit to them. Just some of the benefits that I could think of include a driver dev’t platform like STR is to RBR. They can also field test radical solutions simultaneously with the “main” team. As long as Ferrari can fund a wind tunnel replacement, of course. Add to that a flavor of conspiracy for additional drivers to give way to Alonso (given he has the best chance for the WDC).
I hope I don’t get some bashing for fielding this idea here, but I am curious as to what can make the idea ridiculous. Of course many of you here have much much more inside and critical knowledge than me, kindly enlighten me please. :-)
The problem is that HRT is looking more and more like an empty shell. From what I’ve read across the web, their buildings are leased, they’ve laid off a lot of staff, including the ones designing the 2013 car, which would probably be miles off the Toro Rossos. I’m pretty sure the FIAT group has other things on its mind as well, with the American market for instance, F1 wouldn’t do that much good.
Fiat F1 might sound nice, but does Fiat really need a team that struggles to get to the 107% in Melbourne, when Fiat cars are just getting rid of their old reputation of slow, unreliable cars?
That was what I was thinking. Ferrari only needs the entry for the next season. They could practically field a photocopy of the F2012 and get on with it. It would not be far from possible for it to bang shoulders with the midfield teams, I guess. It would be great for Fiat surely if they pull that off.
Actually, building a team from practically nothing in between now and March would be a HUGE challenge. Fielding a photocopy would not be that simple either, since they can’t buy the design, nor copy it, without the FIA knowing. Plus, the HRT staff are nice guys for sure, but can they get the F2012 running like Ferrari did this year? Or even without getting banned by the FIA?
For 2013 I think it won’t be possible. Besides, Toro Rosso isn’t the best way for RedBull talents to move forward, just ask their 2011 drivers..
The only thing that could interest Ferrari would be their license, but if they really wanted to field a second team, they could have taken the 13th slot. Starting a team from scratch and buying HRT remains are pretty much the same thing.
Hmm valid points from Nick, really makes the idea kinda far-fetched. And of course I forgot that if Ferrari wanted to they could have used the 13th slot. And I’m sure it would race a thunderstorm of controversy if they did that. Of course we have to remember that STR was established way before Red Bull’s dominance. If it were done today, I doubt it would happen, much less for Ferrari.
Ferrari Buying HRT would be a nice investment if only HRT were a good team to start off with anyway. Because does Ferrari really want a team that struggles to make the 107% time at almost every race? I do like the name though; Fiat F1