Hispania Racing – the only outfit on the 2011 grid yet to launch this year’s challenger – will take the wraps off and run its new car during this week’s final pre-season test at Barcelona.

Reports from the Spanish press claim that the team’s new Cosworth-powered F111 will hit the track “depending on when it is ready”, according to sources from within the Murcia-based team.

While HRT is yet to make any official announcement about the exact date it will show off its Geoff Willis-designed creation, although it is believed to be in the final stages of assembly.

The team has been the subject of many rumours about its ongoing financial health, with it known to be short of sponsorship backing and with it having suffered from the defection of several key technical staff members.

Engineer Xevi Pujolar has returned to Williams, while chief mechanic Enrique Colomina has left the team to join Adrián Campos, the original (and departed) founder of this team.

Inasmuch as it lost some key staff, it has also recruited two prominent members from the Spanish Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi, with engineer Albert Fabrega and marketing boss Maria Serrat joining the HRT payroll.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Marca newspaper is claiming that Vitantonio Liuzzi will be named as Narain Karthikeyan’s team-mate at HRT either tomorrow or the day after.

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