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Ecclestone Hints Hispania’s Future Is In Doubt

Bernie Ecclestone has cast doubt upon the long and even short term future of the Spanish based team Hispania HRT Racing Team.

The team, born from the ashes of Campos Meta, have had no testing time, launching their car days before the first grand prix in Bahrain.  The team fired up their cars for the first time in the garages ahead of free practice in the gulf state.

The team’s chassis and aero package has been described by both Geoff Wills, a consultant drafted in and test driver Christian Klien as “unworkable, slow and surprisingly bad”.  They have been up to 8 seconds off the pace of the front runners, leading some to describe the cars as dangerous.

Drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok have tried their best, and both look competent racers but the car itself is very poor.  Senna looks tired and bored with the team, and could well be considering a future elsewhere.   The drivers may not be the problem but drafting in experienced Christian Klien and Sakon Yamamoto must mean that the current line up and considering their futures.

With a lack of sponsors, it is unknown where the money to pay for the significant upgrades would come from.

Now in an exclusive interview with a British newspaper about the season so far, Ecclestone states that he is providing aid and assistance to the ailing squad just a handful of races into the season.

“HRT have got problems. I will sort it out,” Ecclestone told the Telegraph in an interview on Friday.

“I’d like to see 12 teams finish the season because they have made the commitment to come in.

“We might lose one of them. But I’m doing my bit to make sure it doesn’t happen.”


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