No testing for HRT?
March 11, 2011
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HRT now face the prospect of not running their 2011 car until Melbourne
After unveiling their 2011 car in the pitlane in Barcelona today, Hispania were set to begin testing in the afternoon. However, after crucial parts being sent over were held by customs, the team are now faced with the prospect of beginning the season with absolutely no testing.
Of course, the team has been in this situation before. Last year, their F110 hadn’t turned a wheel before Friday Practice 2 in Bahrain. Today should have seen the team attend their first test session, but the dampers for the suspension are currently being held by customs, with no possibility of them arriving for tomorrow.
Team principal Colin Kolles has said:
"Unfortunately we could not get the dampers out of customs. The result of this is
that we can't run tomorrow. This is life and we will overcome this problem."
The consolation for the team is that they have slight experience of the new Pirelli tyres, as both Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan have driven the F110 with 2011-spec tyres.