The HRT F1 team and its team principal Colin Kolles have parted ways, the outfit has just announced in a media release.
“This is due to the new direction that the team has taken and the decision of the new management to move the team headquarters to Spain,” a team statement reads.
“HRT F1 Team would like to thank Dr. Colin Kolles for his work and dedication throughout these past two years and wish him the best in his future projects.”
Kolles has been part of the HRT operation since the Carabante family took over the outfit in early 2010, when it was then known as Campos Meta F1 in deference to its then-owner, former F1 driver Adrián Campos.
The Romanian-born dentist had previously held posts as team principal of the Jordan, Midland and Spyker concern, and was instrumental in getting the team’s structures running – including relocating the team to his bespoke headquarters in Germany – in the mere weeks that remained before the 2010 season got underway.
The team has continued to survive on a shoestring budget under Kolles’ watch, and he remained on board when Spanish investment group Thesan Capital took over the team mid-2011.
[Original image via LAT]