'Chinese company interested in HRT purchase'
18 November 2012 – HRT had to cope with very difficult circumstances across the Austin race weekend. Not only could jobs be on the line as the Madrid-based outfit is up for sale, but both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan feared they would not qualify for the US Grand Prix.
On Sunday, Spain’s El Periódico newspaper reports that the outfit could soon be purchased by a Chinese investor, although the team is not commenting on the matter at present. On-track, its two drivers survived the race to finish in 21st and 22nd places.
“First of all, I want to thank every single team member for their outstanding professionalism and attitude during this Grand Prix,” says Team Principal and former F1 driver Luis Pérez-Sala, who also had to suppress rumours that the squad has been running potentially dangerous old parts on its cars.
“It hasn’t been easy but everyone has done a fantastic job and I am very proud of this team and its members. After a few races with one or the other car not being able to finish, it has been really good to see both Pedro and Narain getting to the end.
“Moreover, this two-car finish result has been particularly important for everyone’s morale and to face the last race of the season with confidence and high spirits.”
HRT entered F1 in 2010, then named as Hispania Racing and owned by José Ramón Carabante. Its current owner is Thesan Capital, which is behind Spain’s Banco Popular.