The never-ending state of flux at Hispania Racing looks set to continue for a little longer, amid rumours of new investment and a technical reshuffle that could see the team’s head technical consultant, Geoff Willis, part company with the Spanish team.
Our latest sources indicate that the team is in the midst of parting ways with Willis, the formerly a designer with Williams and BAR/Honda. In many respects, this is not a huge surprise: Willis was on a consulting contract and had been vocal about the team’s slow progress in gathering resources to move up the grid. HRT has denied any such split.
In the background, the team has been quietly putting together more infrastructure and headcount in Germany, with reportedly a dozen engineers working on next year’s car in an aerodynamic department in Munich.
The project is apparently being headed up by chief aerodynamicist Stephane Schosse, whose lengthy F1 career started in the early 1990s with Ligier, before he moved on to roles at Sauber and Toyota.
Next year’s car will be developed with the use of Mercedes GP’s second scale wind tunnel at its Brackley headquarters.
Schosse is set to report to the highly experienced designer Jorg Zander, who held roles at Toyota, BAR, Williams, BMW Sauber and Honda / Brawn GP, leaving the team midway through its title-winning season in 2009.