“We have to improve pretty much everywhere,” is technical director Geoff Willis’ frank assessment of the state of the HRT F1 team, as published in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, with the Briton adding that it will be “two years” before the team can move from the back of the grid.
But this forecasted improvement will only happens, he cautions, if the team commits to increase its resources and staffing numbers under its new owners, Thesan Capital.
“I do not mean to sound negative,” he added. “The simple fact is that we need more resources.
“For example, in our aerodynamic programme, we simply need more people. In production we need better quality control and tests. You just cannot afford to be a little bit weak in those areas.”
After joining the team midway through last season when the outfit was competing in its debut season, Willis has struggled – with next to no resources – to build the team to a more competitive footing.
This year’s design, the F111, arrived in Australia partially built and completely untested after apparent supplier hold-ups
non-payment, resulting in both cars failing to qualify for the race.
The design for next year’s car is already underway, he added, but also admitted that the schedule is still “very tight”.
“Of course we have already been working (on 2012) since June. But we do not have the resources that I would like. Many people in the team need to do several things at once.”
And does he have any ambitions of working for another outfit in the future?
“That can not be answered simply. Currently I am an important part of this project and no one wants to leave until we get there.”
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