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HRT Formula 1 Team

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HRT Formula 1 Team
Credit: HRT
Team information
CountrySpain
F1 debutBahrain Grand Prix, 2010

HRT, formerly Hispania Racing, were one of the three teams that made their F1 debut in 2010, but the team always struggled with funding and resources to put up any sort of competitive performance. Always to be found towards the rear of the grid, and often struggling to put in respectable laptimes in qualifying, it wasn't a huge surprise that they could not find a buyer at the end of 2012, and were forced to forfeit their entry for the following season.

F1 history

Hispania Racing, or HRT as they are less pleasantly known, never quite settled into Formula One. From the very start, when they threw that entry into the 2010 ballot, things were chopping and changing. The name, the owners, top technical staff, and even the drivers, were never able to draw breath before things were on the move once more.

There was always a distinct desperation surrounding the HRT outfit, only just managing to get their cars to the grid at the beginning of each season, and pushing their hardest just to get through qualifying and be allowed to line up on the grid for every race. Towards the end of 2012, there was a lack of parts and the funding to make any more, which cemented their backmarker position.

Bought out by Thesan Capital in 2011, there was a big push to make the team more Spanish. They had long time driver Pedro de la Rosa on board, and moved to a factory in Madrid. However, the investment firm put the team up for sale in late 2012, and were unable to find a buyer before the 2013 entry fee had to be paid. Without any major results, and with a significant lack of potential, the team were forced to fold.