Hispania Racing has confirmed that it will run its 2010 car at the opening pre-season test session in February at the Valencia circuit, in the wake of team owner José Ramón Carabante confirming that his squad would be present at pre-season testing for the first HRT will run its 2010 chassis at the opening pre-season test session time in its history.

At the same point before the 2010 season kicked off, the very future of the Hispania Racing outfit was so clouded that the team failed to show up to any pre-season testing at all, which its new buyers were staging a takeover from former team boss Adrián Campos.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has reported that the Spanish outfit will run its Dallara-designed F110 chassis instead while it uses the test to evaluate a range of potential drivers for the 2011 season.

The team recently split with its newly-acquired chassis-building partner, Toyota Motorsport, after failing to pay its next instalment on time, leaving the outfit in limbo as to where its next chassis would be sourced from.

However, Carabante has offered assurances that the team’s Technical Director, Geoff Willis, is designing a bespoke 2011 car that will house the Williams transmission and Cosworth engine the team will use in the upcoming season.

Carabante claims the chassis is being built “partly in Germany and partly in England and it will be ready.”

Here’s hoping…

[Original image via LAT]

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