Spanish HRT squad launches 2010 car

Thursday, 04 March 2010 19:13

The HRT team finally revealed its first Formula 1 car at a presentation event in Murcia on Thursday, as the Spanish squad officially launched its new look following Jose Ramon Carabantes' recent takeover.

With just eight days to go until the first practice session of the new season in Bahrain, the newly-confirmed Karun Chandhok and team-mate Bruno Senna pulled the wraps off the Dallara-designed chassis – simply named HRT – which features a dark grey livery with a white, red and orange stripe.

The unveiling, which took place at the Auditorio de Murcia in the south-eastern Spanish city of Murcia, was also attended by the squad’s new majority owner Carabantes, newly-installed team principal Colin Kolles and Spanish motorsport federation president Carlos Gracia.

Spanish businessman Carabante spoke of his pride at launching his country’s first F1 team and says its full Hispania Racing name reflects its native roots.

“The new HRT F1 Team, ‘Hispania Racing F1 Team’ is born in Murcia,? he said.

“I am proud to welcome you in Murcia where the team has its roots and to have given to my country the pride of the first ever Spanish Formula 1 team.

“The name of the team contains the word Hispania, which is not only the name of one of my companies, but Hispania was also the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula.

“That reflects now our team's new identity.

“2010 will be a major debut for the team and drivers at the wheel of our HRT F1 Team car."

Although HRT has yet to release any technical specifications relating to its maiden Cosworth-powered challenger, the car features a pointed, drooping nose similar to that on the Virgin VR-01 and a relatively simple front wing design.

The only significant branding on the car comes from Brazilian telecommunications company Embratel, with its logo featuring on the car’s rear-wing end-plate.

The HRT car is set to run for the first time in next Friday’s first practice session in Bahrain with F1 testing now banned until December following last week’s final test.


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