Toyota Motorsport split with Hispania
November 16, 2010
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HRT have lost another technical partnership
Toyota Motorsport, who have, for this year, been offering technical support to the struggling Hispania team, have today said that they will cease operations with the team. Toyota claim that this contract cancellation is because of a lack of “contractual payment obligations”.
HRT have already split up with another technical partnership, the last one was with Dallara, their chassis provider, back in May. However, this time it is more serious, as Toyota have been supplying the team with a wind tunnel, driving simulator, and an engineering services supplier. Without this, the team is in much worse state for the 2011 season.
Toyota’s statement reads as follows:
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) confirms that all cooperation
with Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) has been terminated and
will not resume.
TMG retains all intellectual property rights to its current
F1 car and is completely free to pursue other projects and
support new customers for its high-performance engineering
TMG regrets that HRT has not met its contractual payment
obligations and will pursue all available options to reach
a satisfactory conclusion to this matter.
If you ask me, the HRT team are becoming more and more of a joke. Their “technical facilities” don’t exist any more, they have been strangled with a lack of investment from their owner, and are simply miles off the pace compared to their rivals. Some have compared the team to Minardi, but I remember people actually liking Minardi.
A complete takeover is needed of the team before it embarresses Formula 1 even more.