/ Motorsport / Dire mood as HRT staff plead ‘we are unemployed’

Dire mood as HRT staff plead ‘we are unemployed’

Linked In Share

Nov.17 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The mood at HRT this weekend is dire, with the ailing Spanish team’s staff making it known “we are unemployed and available”, according to the sports daily Marca.

At the beginning of the week, owner Thesan Capital said it is seeking a buyer for the backmarker.

Spanish media reports said if that doesn’t happen by the day after the 2012 finale in Brazil, all staff will be retrenched.

32 have already been let go.

An unnamed HRT engineer said: “Curiously, two of them, a simulation engineer from McLaren GT and one from Marussia, were only in the office five days.

“We were working on next year’s car, trying to improve. It has caught us all by surprise.”

Another, a mechanic, said the HRT offices are now “empty”.

“We have been told that our last day could be November 26. If we are here (in Austin), it is because they (Thesan) have contracts with the FIA and FOM, forcing them to compete.”

Another unnamed HRT team member said the team came close to being sold to a Qatari group, but the deal broke down at the last minute.

That has triggered the current situation.

“I think the grid next year will have only 22 cars,” someone with knowledge of the situation is quoted as saying.

The source added: “It is true that someone could come and take the team for a reduced price, but time is the factor.

“The 2013 car design has been stopped and that’s the most important thing, putting two cars on the grid.

“The license is what counts, but first you need a car.”

An HRT team member said: “We are not closing due to a lack of liquidity, but simply because Thesan has decided it is no longer profitable.

“They have already lost interest in F1.”

by Mircea - Saturday, November 17th, 2012 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: Dire mood as HRT staff plead ‘we are unemployed’

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Marussia also won’t race in America – Ecclestone
Marussia also won’t race in America – EcclestoneOct.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham in not racing in Austin next weekend, Bernie ...
Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 nose
Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 noseOct.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Lotus has confirmed it will test a conventional nose solution ahead of next weekend's US grand ...
Caterham can miss Austin-Brazil double header
Caterham can miss Austin-Brazil double headerOct.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Caterham is allowed to sit out the next two grands prix while it fights for survival. As ...
Administrator becomes Caterham team boss
Administrator becomes Caterham team bossOct.24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The Caterham saga took another bizarre twist on Friday as an administrator became the new team ...
[VIDEO] McLaren P1 MSO spotted on the Fiorano
[VIDEO] McLaren P1 MSO spotted on the FioranoA McLaren P1 customized by MSO has been recently spotted lapping Ferrari’s famous Fiorano track. If you though that vehicles ...
Ford Focus Electric gets price cut in the U.S.
Ford Focus Electric gets price cut in the U.S.The Ford Focus Electric has received a new price cut in the United States because of poor demand. While its main rival, the ...
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HP
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HPIf you live in Europe, you don’t need an introduction to Dacia anymore – this is the affordable Renault subsidiary that ...
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG prototype caught on the open road
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG prototype caught on the open roadA prototype version of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG has been recently caught on camera while it was being tested out on ...
[VIDEO] See the world’s fastest Toyota Supra in action
[VIDEO] See the world’s fastest Toyota Supra in actionThe world’s fastest Toyota Supra has been recently spotted in action on a drag strip where it managed to shatter a lot of speed ...
Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullmann spied
Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullmann spiedOur spy photographers have managed to capture the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullmann on camera while it was being tested out on ...
BMW i8 costs more than $200,000 on eBay
BMW i8 costs more than $200,000 on eBayThe price of a BMW i8 stands at a whopping 200,000 USD on eBay as we recently found out doing a quick search. The BMW i8 is one ...
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG announced for Australia
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG announced for AustraliaMercedes-Benz will be launching the GLA45 AMG performance crossover in Australia where the model in question will be priced from ...
Recall roundup: 850,000 units of the Audi A4
Recall roundup: 850,000 units of the Audi A4The German based automaker Audi has recently announced a recall for a massive 850,000 units of the A4, because of some problems ...
Ferrari LaFerrari for sale
Ferrari LaFerrari for saleAnother unit of the impressive Ferrari LaFerrari is currently looking for a new owner who will have to pay no less than 2.6 ...
Ferrari F50 gets crashed in the UK
Ferrari F50 gets crashed in the UKA Ferrari F50 supercar has been recently involved in a heavy crash in the United Kingdom after its driver lost control of the ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

Dacia_Sandero_Stepway_DSC7910
Spy-Shots of Cars
ferrari f50 crash uk 1
bmw x5 concept edrive paris 1
Porsche Macan Turbo TechArt tuning 1
2015 volkswagen jetta styling accessories 1
ATS Sport 490 Stradale 1
ferrari laferrari xx 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
mercedes-benz gla 45 amg tuning brabus 1

More automotive from inautonews
A McLaren P1 customized by MSO has been recently spotted lapping Ferrari’s famous Fiorano track. If you though that vehicles which aren’t produced in Maranello aren’t allowed on the Fiorano track, think again, because one of the main rivals of the LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, has been spotted ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HP
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HPIf you live in Europe, you don’t need an introduction to Dacia anymore – this is the affordable Renault subsidiary that rocked the auto industry ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI AT
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI AT The new generation of the A-Class has been around since 2012 and its overall design is quite drastic, considering its predecessor. Now, two years ...
Test Drive: Citroen C-Elysee 1.6 HDi Exclusive
Test Drive: Citroen C-Elysee 1.6 HDi Exclusive Citroen has introduced the second generation of the C-Elysee last year. The model is smaller than the C4 and it is based on the Peugeot 301, being ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Recall roundup: 850,000 units of the Audi A4The German based automaker Audi has recently announced a recall for a massive 850,000 units of the ... NHTSA tries and fails to keep drivers informed about Takata airbag debacleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public warning about the potential ...
Safety Section