F1 Teams of the Past – Campos/Hispania/HRT

Well it looks official now, as they’ve missed the deadline for payment for entering Formula one in 2013, that the HRT team are no more. Its a shame but not surprising. They’ve been short on money from the beginning and I’m surprised they’ve lasted as long as they have.

Originally called Campos Grand Prix when they were given an entry to Formula One for the 2010 season, and renamed just before the season began as Hispania, they just about made it to Bahrain, the first race of that season. Karun Chandhoks first run was in QUALIFYING, and Bruno Senna’s debut wasn’t much earlier.  Neither made it to the end of the race that weekend. Karun didn’t make it through the season, replaced by Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien, but the team did end up P11, ahead of Virgin Racing, which was some achievement.

2011 wasn’t much better with Colin Kolles now as boss, but they had different drivers in Vitantonio Liuzzi, Narain Karthikeyan and later on Daniel Ricciardo, on loan from Red Bull so he could gain valuable race experience. P11 again, again ahead of Virgin.

Luiz Perez Sala took over for 2012 and they built a new factory in Spain. Pedro de la Rosa partnered Narain Karthikeyan, and both drivers impressed though the results didn’t show it. They outqualified drivers on a more regular basis, and for the first time de la Rosa brought the car home on the lead lap of a Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.  However they struggled after that, just about making it into the race in Austin, and then finishing the season in Brazil. Finishing with both cars in both races was an achievement in itself.  They finished last this time around, and then closed their doors not long after the season’s end.

Its a shame for both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan that its come to this, as it probably spells the end of their respective driving careers in F1. Neither are likely to be highly sort after once the dust settles.

Rumours were that they could be bought, but when the FIA announced the entry list for 2013, they were missing. Of course, losing a team has ramifications for Formula One as a whole. The qualifying sessions will alter slightly, with only 6 compared to the usual 7 being eliminated in both Qualifying 1 & 2.

RIP HRT.

HRT F1 Stats

2010
Karun Chandhok – Indian. 10 Races, 0 Points, Best Finish 14th in Australia & Monaco.
Bruno Senna – Brazilian. 18 Races, 0 Points, Best Finish 14th in Korea.
Sakon Yamamoto – Japanese. 7 Races, 0 Points, Best Finish 15th in Korea.
Christian Klien – Austrian. 3 Races, 0 Points, Best Finish 20th in Abu Dhabi.

2011
Narain Karthikeyan – Indian. 9 Races (8 Starts, I DNQ), 0 Points, Best Finish 17th in Monaco, Canada & India.
Daniel Ricciardo – Australian. 11 Races, 0 Points, Best Finish 18th in Hungary & India.
Vitantonio Liuzzi – Italian. 18 Races (17 Starts, 1 DNQ), 0 Points, Best Finish 13th in Canada.

2012
Pedro de la Rosa – Spanish. 20 Races (19 Starts, 1 DNQ), 0 Points, Best Finish 17th in Europe, Singapore, Abu Dhabi & Brazil.
Narain Karthikeyan – Indian. 20 Races (19 Starts, 1 DNQ), 0 Points, Best Finish 15th in Monaco.

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