The Hispania Racing Team has seemingly confirmed the obvious by announcing that it has formally split with chassis manufacturer Dallara with immediate effect.
The Murcia-based team’s F110 was commissioned under the team’s previous ownership, Campos Meta, but its development and construction was very much a rollercoaster ride as the team struggled to secure funding to forward to Dallara for ongoing payment.
Only a late sale to the new owners in the HRT consortium was enough to see the final payments made to Dallara in addition to the team being able to make the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
However, despite the apparent injection of cash, the rumours doing the rounds indicate that the relationship between the two parties was very much strained from the get-go, with the F110 design not having evolved in the opening six rounds, in addition to coming under heavy criticism from the team’s consulting Technical Director, Geoff Willis.
A team statement reads: “Since its inaugural race HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing, has completed six rounds of the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship despite the fact that in all this time no further chassis development was made by Dallara.
“Following the completion of six rounds of the championship, HRT F1 Team and Dallara Automobili SpA have agreed that what they have achieved in such a short period of time was more than could have been reasonably expected. The two parties wish each other the best of luck in all future endeavours.”
With Bernie Ecclestone having confirmed he is trying to set up a technical assistance package for the team, one should expect that the team will continue its own chassis development for the remainder of the season, with Willis at its forefront.
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]