It is widely known that HRT was doomed to fail at some point in their short and rather glamour less stint in Formula One. A team that never once attended a pre-season test and failed to qualify for the season opener two times out of three attempts wasn’t exactly on the fast track to the World Championship. The fact that the team never once finished in the all important 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship, and therefore earning no money, also didn’t help their situation.
So, while it was obvious that the team would fail, less obvious was the hint that they might be revamped for the 2013 season.
It was confirmed yesterday that an American/Canadian company called Scorpion Racing was/ interested in buying what was left of the HRT squad and returning it back to its former…glory…? While the team doesn’t have a lot to jump and shout about in regards to their first three years in F1, they could be jumping and shouting at the potential of a new owner.
Scorpion Racing said that it would base the team at Silverstone rather than Madrid in order to keep it within the general Formula One hub. This seems a viable option, especially when a majority of the successful F1 teams are based in England.
Details of the whole situation are scarce, but it is known that the team will most likely have to wait until 2014 to enter the championship, as the FIA closed the 2013 to 11 teams when HRT failed to meet the entry deadline.
If this whole situation seems familiar to you, then you’re very clever indeed. At the end of the 2008 season, Honda pulled out of F1. This left their drivers with no seat for the next season and hundreds of engineers and mechanics also out of a job. Luckily, Ross Brawn was there to pick up the pieces and in 2009, the Brawn F1 team took both championships in convincing fashion. This success also came in the first year of a new generation of F1 cars. The regulations were completely different, the cars were totally knew and everyone started from scratch. This revamp of the regulations allowed for some significant technical advantages for some teams, and disadvantages for others. In the case of the Brawn team, the introduction of the double diffuser meant that it won six of the first seven races.
Formula One faces the exact same scenario in 2014. The cars will be totally new, the engines will be totally new, and the regulations will be altered. It seems that waiting an extra year could be just what Scorpion Racing needs to get a leg up on the competition. One thing holding the squad back is a large workforce. While Honda wasn’t very competitive in 2008, it still had hundreds of talented employees. I’m not saying the HRT employees weren’t talented, but having such small numbers of them will be a setback.
If Scorpion Racing end up buying the remains of the HRT squad, we could see a potential surprise in 2014. Even though the global financial situation isn’t exactly accommodating for starting a new F1 team, it seems Scorpion Racing couldn’t have come at a better time.