HRT's F111 won't turn a wheel before the Australian Grand Prix weekend Hispania Racing has been forced to abandon its sole opportunity to test its new F111 challenger before the Australian Grand Prix later this month.

The new Geoff Willis-designed car was unveiled in the Barcelona pit lane yesterday, but it would appear that it was not a complete rolling model – some of its parts were apparently held up in customs.

This has forced the team to miss Saturday’s running at the Circuit de Catalunya – the final day of winter testing – as its dampers were “not released” by border officials.

“The result of this is that we can’t run [on Saturday]. This is life and we will overcome this problem,” team boss Colin Kolles is quoted.

The situation mirrors that of the team’s debut season last year, where its F110 chassis contested its very first race having not turned a wheel at any time prior to that particular weekend.

A seemingly frustrated Narain Karthikeyan wrote on his Twitter feed: “Life’s tough enough in F1 at our end of the grid, just got a lot more harder!

[Original image via LAT]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.