Aug.22 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The HRT team has admitted it is looking around for a Spanish driver.

Despite Thesan Capital taking over recently and dropping the Hispania moniker and flag logo, the back-of-the-grid team said it is still committed to upping its Spanish identity.

Recently, young Spaniard Javier Villa was linked with a potential 2012 seat.

“The possibility of incorporating a Spanish driver for next season is something that the team would like,” HRT said on its website. “But there is a big step from that to actually having a deal with a driver.”

The team defended its decision to drop the Hispania name and Spanish flag logo.

“Hispania was the name of the business group belonging to the previous owners, so the change in direction meant that the team name had to change too,” it said.

“HRT was chosen because it is the name of the chassis. The flag was part of the logo so when we changed the logo the flag went too. But don’t worry, it will be back on the car at some stage.”