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Hispania unveils new car

Hispania unveiled their new car in Barcelona on Friday, but due to parts not arriving in time, they will go into the new 2011 season without any winter testing for their new machine.

The new car has been designed by former Williams, Honda and Red Bull designer Geoff Willis, this is Hispania’s first attempt at designing a car as their 2010 car was designed and built by Dallara.

Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan at least have some experience of the new Pirelli tyres, as they have been testing with their 2010 car during winter testing, but the drivers will be disappointed to have not had any time in their new car, having been scheduled to drive their new machine in Barcelona during the final days of winter testing.

The problem was an issue at customs, team boss Colin Kolles told the press on Friday: 'Unfortunately we could not get the dampers out of customs. The result of this is that we can't run.”

Before those issues, Kolles had remained positive going into the new season. After all, it’s a success that the team even managed to get on the grid at all last season, let alone complete the season and come back for a following season with a brand new car.

'I think that our car is quicker than last year's car. Significantly. We have a Williams rear end, we have a Cosworth engine - this is a package you can get into the top 10 in qualifying, and finish sixth in the championship. There is nothing wrong there.” Kolles told Autosport Magazine.

'We have an improved aero package so everything looks more promising. We have drivers with much more experience so this should all be better. On paper it looks better, I think.'

With no winter testing with new car it is hard to see how Hispania can start the season well, during the course of the season they will be hoping to compete on the same level as the other newbie teams of Lotus and Virgin and if they are able to close the gap to them, then that will be a significant improvement from last season.

If any of the those three teams can close the gap on the more established teams on the grid, then that again will be a tremendous success for the newer teams and something all Formula One fans will be hoping for throughout the upcoming season.

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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 14 2011

Time: 10:00AM

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