Adrian Campos’s dream of a Spanish F1 team will be realised in 2010 – but it won’t have his name on it. A late change of ownership means the team formerly known as Campos will instead race as HRT.
Their car only appeared for the first time last week and hasn’t tested yet. The learning curve for this outfit will be near-vertical this year.
Although it was the last car to appear the Dallara-designed car was the first of the new teams’ cars to begin construction.
They will use the same Cosworth engines as the other two newcomers plus Williams, so part of their performance will depend on how strong the CA2010 is.
But with no mileage so far they’re going to have to treat the opening rounds as tests.
Neither of the two drivers charged with developing their untested car have ever started an F1 race.
Bruno Senna had a quiet 2009 after missing out on a Honda drive when the team was put up for sale. He did appear in a few sports car races.
Prior to that he was runner-up in GP2, finishing behind the super-experienced Giorgio Pantano. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, particularly given that Senna spent many years out of the cockpit following the death of his uncle, at a time when many of his peers were winning kart races.
Karun Chandhok is very well-liked but the truth is his results in the junior categories have been less than spectacular, whether or not he’s enjoyed the benefit of a front-running team.
However he knows his new team mate well from their time at iSport together and he enjoys the support of Bernie Ecclestone.
Since the take over Colin Kolles, ex-Jordan, Midland and Force India, has taken over running the team. That, along with the appointment of Jacky Eeckelaert on the technical side, brings some badly-needed experience to the team.
An un-tested car and two rookie drivers.
Poll: championship position
It looks like survival is the goal for this team.
Where will HRT finish in the 2010 Constructors' Championship?
- 13th (42%)
- 12th (38%)
- 11th (11%)
- 10th (5%)
- 1st (2%)
- 9th (2%)
- 7th (0%)
- 3rd (0%)
- 4th (0%)
- 6th (0%)
- 2nd (0%)
- 5th (0%)
- 8th (0%)
Total Voters: 1,254
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2010 F1 season