Bruno Senna looks reeaaally happy like he’s still unable to believe it himself. He has finally made it on the 245th attempt. The car doesn’t look too sophisticated but at least they are here. You probably can’t go any more underdog than this but unlike some others they made it. Just how big is their chance of surviving the first four races let alone the entire season?
O dear. These boys are going to make Toro Rosso look like grizzled campaigners with years of experience. Interesting that the car is tarmac-coloured… just right for a mobile chicane…
If I were Kolles I’d give this pairing three races, and then bump the slowest developer into third driver, give him Friday running every other race, and see if I could get Jacques Villenueve to come on board as a driver/coach.
The new teams went pretty well (considering) during the pre-season tests so far performance-wise. I believe they all ran within the 107% of the best time at each test. I’m more concerned about the reliability of those cars.
This isn’t the first race car Dallara has built. It’s not going to win races but I won’t disintegrate while revving hard like some expect. Three out of four new teams make the _first_ race. How many thereafter?
@Bill .. you got a point there about pushing it back, in that case they should do the rears backwards too ..
I disagree with the unfinished paint scheme comment though. If you can imagine replacing the grey color with white, change the yellow to black, and the white to flourescent yellow… et VOILA ! Its a BRAWN !!!!
Bring back pre-qualifying! I’d rather see 10 well funded teams properly competing than introducing this mobile chicanery. Good luck to the stewards at sorting this out on raceday, with lapping of these back markers coming in at around 9 laps of the race and continuing ad infinitum until they break down. The teams who’ve had no testing will be using the first few races as a test session anyway, with frequent pit stops to adjust wings, roll bar, hydraulics, balance weights etc; Nascar in Bahrain, he we come….
Can Joe please explain why HRT are allowed to use a chassi built by Dallara? I thought the rule for 2010 was to have eveyr team build their own chassis – hence STR having to do their own design rather than outsource it to Red Bull.
The tyre on backwards isn’t quite as weird as it seems, though I’m sure it’s wrong for Formula One! FWIW when I raced production saloons on Michelin slicks, we’d run the arrows backwards on the non driven wheels because their important force was braking [backwards force] rather than accelerating the car forwards … then again I suspect that Bridgestone’s engineers have probably worked out the loading directions for their different sized F1 tyres!
I know liveries in F1 have tended, in recent years, to be bit on the seriously dull side, but taking a leaf out of Sauber’s book of visual excitement isn’t going to make the tv people too excited about wanting to point their cameras in the general direction of their cars. Even the Osellas in the 80’s were more visually appealing….
Should not the two race cars be on their way to Bahrein soon, perhaps this is a show chassis in which case the wheels (come on guys they unbolt) are not a problem. Safety on the circuit will be a massive problem with an untested car in the mix, perhaps Jean Todt’s first truly important F1 management deicision.
I’m really wondering why the team is registered as HRT F1 Team and not as Hispania Racing F1 Team, which sounds so much better.
I read elsewhere that the Hispania name was not accepted by the FIA. Joe, if that’s true, would you know why?
Poor buggers. Not many businesses have to get the cash happening, design & build a product, recruit & train staff from a diminished gene pool and deal with a hostile market in just a few months. You gotta feel for them, don’t you?
I think Webber’s points about F1 value & safety are particularly valid here though.
Although Leo Sayer’s ‘mobile chicanery’ comment is gold! Hey Leo are you coming to MEL?
If there is an uglier colour an F1 car has ever been painted, I am at a loss to recall it. I’ll admit the car does look fast though and nothing would give me more pleasurethan to see young Senna on a podium this season (or next), livery be damned!
Hispania Racing F1 Team? Times were tough over at the Campos house. Primary investor, José decided to step up to the plate, and take full control over the team. All of this financial hassle crap is unnecessary.
They’ve always just been so close, but then everything fizzled. They were outsourced. F1 mercenaries for hire. Why does no one trust or invest in them to get into F1 full stop? They have a huge reputation in plenty of other series, all notable. They are a racing name. They could pull it off if they could get the funding together, i have no doubt. I mean, the kinda did try to do the full Italian thing with Scuderia Italia. But maybe it just wasn’t the right time. Back when R&D cost was high. lol
I don’t know why F1 just isn’t replaced with Ariel Atom 500s, make ‘em 750s and let’s get on with it.
I suppose there is no reason why anyone at Hispania should know but in the English speaking world HRT stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy and unfortunately a lot of women who have taken it ended up having cancer.