• Mar 16, 2011
2011 HRT F111 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Better late than never, they say. And whoever said it could very well have been talking about the Hispania Racing Team. In its debut season last year, the upstart team's two cars – driven by an array of pilots over the course of the championship – retired nine times and failed to score a single championship point. But that's okay, because neither did the other two newcomers, Lotus and Virgin.

This year, though, Hispania has gone back to the drawing board, bringing in veteran designer Geoff Willis to thoroughly work over last year's Dallara-sourced car. After every other team unveiled their new cars and ran them at the successive pre-season tests, HRT was still building theirs, showing us some renderings of the new livery in the meantime and running the old car to test the new tires. But now they've finally put on the finishing touches, shown it to the world and took it out on the track for the first time.

While they were at it, HRT has also announced its final driver line-up, filling in that last TBA on the 2011 driver roster with the hiring of Tonio Liuzzi (who lost his seat at Force India) to drive alongside Narain "Tata Money" Karthikeyan this season. Check out their new Cosworth-powered ride in the high-res image gallery below.

[Source: Hispania Racing Team]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog finally joins the pary with last wee's Hispania Racing news.
        • 3 Years Ago
        As the first line states "Better Late Than Never" ;-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thinking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This "Tata Money" thing is totally uncalled for. Just because Tata sponsored him means nothing.

      Finally it is Narain Karthikeyan's performance that counts.

      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the consensus is that this is not a new chassis but likely built using last year's monocoque. Either way, the 107% qualifying rule is back in play this year so perhaps HRT won't be racing every weekend.

      Also of note: The Bahrain GP was supposed to be last weekend. Considering HRT was unable to show up at the final Barcelona testing session that was held in place of the cancelled race, one must conclude that they would not have been on the grid at the opening grand prix of the season.

      In short, HRT news is not really news.. just shallow ripples from a team that will surprise everyone if it even finishes one of the first few races. Or finishes a few laps for the matter. The HRT is, as they say, a moving chicane.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "Tata Money" means everything. In Jordan's last couple of seasons, it was drivers who could attract sponsorship that got the seats, not drivers with talent. Karthikeyan has proven to be a capable, average driver. Nothing more.

      I think it's ironic that HRT have gone for a chequered flag livery since they oh-so-rarely manage to actually pass one.