HRT F1 to Pay Friday Driver for Car Development

Hispania Racing F1 Team is preparing to spend some additional money in order to speed up the development of their 2010 challengers. To be more precise, team principal Colin Kolles confirmed that the Spanish team will employ an experienced driver for the Friday practice session, in order for the technicians to have more valuable information to work with for the development of their Dallara chassis.

Obviously, the new driver will not bring any money to the table, as HRT F1 will pay for the whole thing. Until recently, it was believed that both Christian Klien (ex-test driver for BMW Sauber) and Giancarlo Fisichella (veteran ex-F1 driver) are in the books for that position, but Kolles is yet to confirm the identity of HRT F1's Friday collaborator.

We will soon use an experienced driver on the Fridays in order to make comparisons,” admitted Kolles in a recent interview with Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport, insisting that it is much too early to make comparisons between race drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok.

Both drivers are currently paying their F1 seats with the Spanish outfit. Nevertheless, despite having some low resources to develop their 2010 challenger, HRT's aim is quite clear: becoming the best team of the newcomers. For the time being, they are by far the slowest from the 4 new teams, behind Lotus and Virgin Racing.

It sounds crazy, but we want to be the best new team. I've brought Geoff Willis on board and he should be able to make the team a real constructor. We will rent a wind tunnel and develop the car independently – and move away from the GP2-level,” added Kolles.

We don't know about the Willis situation though, as several recent reports have suggested that the former Red Bull technical boss is very close to joining Force India.
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