• Jun 1, 2010
The Hispania Racing Team has had a rough start this year in F1. The upstart squad has retired seven times in as many races, failing to score a single championship point so far. Which is still better than Virgin has fared so far – and surprisingly Sauber too – but that's no way to enter the field. Now the outfit formerly known as Campos Meta 1 has split with its chassis supplier, with reports indicating it's already looking into another for next season... if not for the remainder of this one.

Rather than design its own chassis from scratch, HRT opted to outsource to veteran constructor Dallara. But despite having managed to reach the grid in time for the start of the season, HRT claims Dallara didn't put in enough testing time. There's no question that HRT needs a better car, but where to find one on such short notice?

According to some reports, HRT is reportedly looking to acquire the TF110 – the car that Toyota would have fielded this year had they not withdrawn – and race that chassis instead. The pair of Toyota cars is reportedly up for sale after another F1 hopeful, Stefan GP, didn't get a slot on the grid and subsequently defaulted on payments to Toyota. The Cologne-based facility is reportedly still in operation, providing services to other racing teams, and could be prepared to support HRT or any other team with the means to make a go of it.

[Sources: Autosport, Axis of Oversteer | Image: Guillaume Baptiste/AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      1. This is old news
      2. Get your facts straight, Sauber have a point and had both drivers finish races...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanna see the TF110 race. Do It!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i thought all teams had to make and design their own chassis for this year
      • 4 Years Ago
      Firstly, this is news from last week. Secondly, Sauber have scored a point through Kobayashi's 10th place in Turkey.... and last time I checked, one point is better than none.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's just as important, is this untested chassis. Sure, Toyota would have run it through a wind tunnel. However, they lack, again, testing and track time.

      This won't be a cure all. It can be a step in the right direction.

      Mike Gascoyne, from Lotus, said: We're working on our 2011 car. We haven't gone to composite suspension. It could make a difference, but the money spent this season won't make a dent other than put them in Q2, consistenly.

      So Maybe HRT needed a chassis change for parts more than they did for position. Either way, I say good. Go Bruno.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anything to help this back markers become more relevant would be welcome in my books, Lotus is the only one of the back markers to make and strides forward so far. I would love to see them get to atleast the point where they arent just taking the bottom 6 in qually each race. (barring crashes or what ever from drivers in the front.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was actually not impressed with Schumi I think he was acutally holding a couple of guys up to tell you the honest truth, I give him a ton of credit where its due though for the fact he did keep those guys behind him. I couldnt believe though that Alonso wasnt penalized for the incident in the end with Petrov, I was like wtf? I think over the next couple of races we may see the field shake up abit though this weekend it did seem like you said that some of the other teams are catching Red Bull and co.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said, I think if the toyota chassis proves itself quicker, why not? They need all the help they can get at the moment, or we'll still be watching two races in one.

        watching this weeks race I was surprised to see the pace of the Lotus, and enjoyed their small battle with the william's F1 team. I'm sure we'll be seeing more improvements in the future years depending on their long-term commitment.

        also, idk if many have thought about it but Schumacher placed 4th this weekend. Very impressive finish for him as well. I see Mercedes GP as somewhat of a darkhose atm.