Hispania Racing

It’s not uncommon for those arriving in Formula 1 – particularly if they’ve enjoyed success in other fields beforehand – to often assume that they know exactly what they’re doing, and sometimes this leads to serious errors in judgement being made.

The Carabante family’s arrival – followed by their departure less than two years later – would be an example of this, and they achieved very little aside from bringing Colin Kolles in to help bring some direction to a very directionless operation.

And now Thesan Capital, Hispania Racing’s new owners, are beginning to show similar signs, it seems. Firstly, there were the rumours that Vitantonio Liuzzi could join Narain Karthikeyan on the sidelines in place of touring car driver Javier Villa.

Furthermore, Spanish daily AS has now confirmed that the Carabante family will have no further involvement in the team, despite earlier speculation that some members would remain in senior management roles.

The newspaper also reports that Thesan Capital has dispensed with the services of the team’s highly capable media manager, Alba Saiz, the lady who had helped facilitate our interviews last year with HRT’s drivers.

In all likelihood, Saiz’s departure is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to staff departures, and it’ll be interesting to see if they are smart enough to keep the right people on board.

[Image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.