Hispania Racing Team
dentist boss Colin Kolles has confirmed that his Murcia-based team will construct its own car for the 2011 season.
The team’s current charge – the F110 – was commissioned by previous owner Adrian Campos, and designed and built by Dallara. Since its much-delayed gestation and birth, the F110 has been heavily criticised, and Kolles confirmed that the relationship with the Italian constructor had all but ended.
Kolles is believed to be close to announcing a deal to use a wind tunnel, which will allow the team the opportunity to develop the F110 independent of Dallara’s involvement.
Speaking with Germany’s Sport1, Kolles said: “The next step is that we get our own development programme running and then for 2011 build our own car.
"We are going to try to improve this car as much as possible. But eventually we will have to draw a line and focus on next year.”
Kolles has also declared it his aim for HRT to become the next Force India, comparing the underfinanced Spanish outfit with the 2004 Jordan outfit Kolles took over, which morphed into the Midland, Spyker, and then Force India concerns, and is now a respected midfield runner.
"For Force India it took five years. We are going to try to do it in three," he said. "I cannot afford to do F1 personally, so I create value for other people. I did it for Midland, for Spyker and the Mol family, and so on. The team always sold for more money because it had developed.
"And people who know about it know that I am the only one who can do it. I don’t mean that arrogantly, it’s quite simply because no one else has the infrastructure and the know-know," he added.
Kolles cited James Key, the new technical director at Sauber, as a good example.
"I made him from simply an engineer into a Technical Director. This is the strategy," said Kolles. "We cannot afford superstars."
[Original image via Bruno Mantovani]