I do like that fact that HRT is working out of their own blood. Fake teams like red Bull who is running British otfit out of rich Austrian money is not worth respecting as a true constructor. Financing is a great task, but the championship will become true international championship when the teams coming from completely other countries and back ground. Buying and selling teams are not the way to bring formula one up to the real internaltional sport podium. Who wil imagine Contador running in USA squad?
In this respect Tennis is a exception but the rest seems to me more sorted out.
Sorry a bit out of context. I hope that HRT makes it. Beat Americans, Formula one is not as easy as some US citizens may think.
In a same way I have to express some disappointment to Japanese folk. The very first Honda was true Japanese team. It was great. The second was as Engine builder that is to be totally confirmed and they did great. The third, was ... hell what was that? As of Toyota too rich to become real racers. Like in Le Mans for Toyota, they seems to forget a business men also have to face his neck if they are to go racing. There should be a own constructor's blood feeding racing excitement,...
sorry again went too far... Go HRT the last but not least...
I agree, there is no reason why Formula one teams should be restricted to exclusively having bases in England and Italy (and also Germany). Other countries like France, US, Canada, Australia, Korea and Japan all have what it takes in terms of technical personnel and resources to develop their own teams. This is probably why HRT receives so much mockery in these threads, because they are challenging the established perception of what and where a F1 team should be. People think they know Spain but all they really know is Spain's relaxing sunny Southern Coasts in the summer time, they don't see our hard working industrialized cities in north the Universities and industries. How can a holiday resort won their own formula one team???
Its disappointing that F1 does not look like it will ever have another American team for a very long time. Because if it did then I am sure it would be a benefit to F1. It would bring more competition and innovation as teams could draw from a bigger pool of talented Engineering & manufacturing personnel & facilities. F1 design and manufacturing is too specialized and concentrated in a small area, therefore making it too expensive and out of the reach of smaller teams.
Looking back Toyota seemed like they were not really a team of sports men but just a group of people doing their jobs, not much passion. Not much different from the other big teams. They Had the money, the resources, they did well but they could not get that little extra to become champions.
This year we will probably see an entirely different HRT
At first I though it was suicidal for HRT to move everything to Spain but actually it isn't such a bad idea if you think about it. Spain is not that far and isolated from the traditional F1 hubs.
I just hope we don't get any nasty surprises and the F112 makes it to testing and HRT do better this season
Edited by xxiiooiixx, 24 February 2012 - 21:52.