51. HRT F111 2011

S3016 HRT F111 Chinese GP 2011 – Narain Karthikeyan

HRT, initially called Hispania Racing F1 Team, gave its debut in Formula 1 in 2010. Like Virgin and Team Lotus the Spaniards could not resist the temptation that Formula 1 would get a “budget cap”. But the plan of former FIA president Max Mosley has never been implemented. HRT and the two other newcomers were lost from the beginning. This situation didn’t change in 2011. At the season-opener in Australia HRT was not ready. The team was present in Melbourne but the cars had to be completely assembled in the garages. The two drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and the Indian Narain Karthikeyan were hardly able to take part in the free practice sessions. In qualifying both failed because of the 107 percent rule. From the second Grand Prix on the two HRTs were there regularly. This was also the case at the third round in China which was the template for this 1:43-model. The team around principal Colin Kolles suffered the whole season. Liuzzi’s 13th place at the GP of Canada was the best result. Most of the time HRT which operated from a German base in Greding occupied the last row. The only team which could be competed was Virgin. After all the F111 designed by Geoff Willis had a very special painting. With the help of German designer Daniel Simon the car looked much more aggressive than the year before. The artist also created areas for potential sponsors. They were praised on the F111 with quotes such as “This could be you”, “Your logo” or “This is a cool spot”. Unfortunately the backbenchers didn’t have any success with this approach. Even when Daniel Ricciardo who today is driving successfully for Red Bull Racing came to the team as a substitute for Karthikeyan the cars with the number 22 and 23 remained without relevant sponsorship. At mid-season co-owner José Ramon Carabante sold his shares to the Spanish financial company Thesan Capital. Kolles remained teamboss until December. Then the Spaniards took over. And the downfall which Kolles was able to prevent with great skill so far was no longer to be stopped in 2012.

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