The HRT F1 team has reacted quickly and rejected speculation that its 2012 chassis monocoque was being built by a subcontracted arm of rival outfit Team Caterham, formerly Team Lotus.
The Spanish outfit has used a Dallara-designed chassis as the basis for its cars over the first two seasons of its operation, but it adamant that the design of next year’s car – the F112 – will be performed in-house.
“After the recent information appearing lately in the media, HRT F1 Team is obliged to deny that Caterham Technology and Innovation, a subsidiary company of Caterham F1, will be in charge of the design and fabrication of the F112’s monocoque,” a team statement reads.
“Contrary to what has been published, the development of the car that HRT F1 Team will compete with in next year’s Formula 1 World Championship is being carried out at the team’s technical office in Munich by a team of designers under the technical supervision of Jacky Eeckelaert and chief aerodynamicist Stephan Chosse.”
The team also stressed confidence that it would have the F112 up and running in pre-season testing, a feat the team never achieved with its preceding models.
“Despite the tight deadlines and a rule change for 2012 meaning that crash tests and chassis homologation procedures must be completed before any cars can test, the team is confident that the new car will be ready for preseason testing in February,” the statement added.
The team is set to announce the identity of the driver who will partner the recently-signed Pedro de la Rosa next year, despite Vitantonio Liuzzi believed to still have a second year left on his contract with the team.
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