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HRT on course for early testing

2011-12-13 07:08

LONDON, England - Formula 1 straggler team HRT expects to have its 2012 car ready for pre-season testing in February for the first time since it entered the sport in 2010.

The Spanish-owned team barely made the start of its debut season; it didn't even complete any laps ahead of the 2011 season until the opening Australian GP in March - and even then failed to qualify.

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The team said in a statement: "Despite tight deadlines and a rule change saing crash tests and chassis homologation procedures must be completed before a car can test, the team is confident its 2012 car will be ready for pre-season testing in February."

Development of the Cosworth-powered 2012 car was being done at its technical office near Munich, Germany, by a team of designers supervised by Jacky Eeckelaert and chief aerodynamicist Stephan Chosse.

Hispania has scored zero points from two F1 seasons; it has also only named one driver for 2012 - Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa.

Indian Narain Karthikeyan could be the second.

Reuters