F1 News: Chandhok and HRT Unveiled, McLaren’s Rear Wing Challenged, Lada on the Renault


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12:02am EST — HRT unveils its untested car for Bahrain, some issues arise over McLaren’s rear wing, and Lada appears on the Renault.

Chandhok Announced as Senna’s Partner at HRT/Hispania/Campos:
With the final driver announced today, the grid for Bahrain in ten days’ time is complete.  Karun Chandhok will drive for HRT (Hispania Racing Team, the former Campos) alongside Bruno Senna.  The team confirmed both drivers and gave the press a look at their black and white and red car in the Spanish city of Murcia, where the team is based.  According to an article on the BBC website, the HRT chassis was manufactured by Dallara, though the official FIA entry list lists the team manufacturer as “HRT Cosworth.”
The very few pictures from the press events that have popped up on Twitter (some from Senna and Chandhok, click on the links below to see the pictures) show a car with very few sponsors, and an overall black-charcoal grey livery that could be quite difficult to spot on-track.  Similarly, it seems to lack some of the aerodynamic extras that are predominant in the faster cars during the pre-season testing.  There is no shark fin, the nose (picture below taken by Karun Chandhok and posted to Twitter) seems to be a bit higher than most teams have gone with for the 2010 season.
It is most endearing, though, to see the pictures on Twitter from both drivers, including one taken by Chandhok of his former GP2 and current F1 teammate Senna taking pictures of the car.  La Verdad, a Spanish newspaper has perhaps the best picture of the two drivers and the car (thankfully not sitting most uncomfortably on the wheels of the car). [click on the headline link to see the pictures posted at Formula1Blog]

Red Bull Challenges McLaren Rear Wing:
According to an Autosport article, Christian Horner has requested that the FIA clarify the legality of McLaren’s 2010 rear wing.  Horner said, “There’s a bit of a fuss over McLaren’s rear wing. They have a slot on it and they can pick up a lot of straight-line speed. I think it will get resolved before the first race. We’ve asked the FIA for clarification although I think Ferrari are probably more excited than we are to be honest.”  Interestingly, the article noted that “McLaren…says it is not only sure the design is wholly within the regulations but also has questioned whether Ferrari are as upset as Red Bull Racing…Ferrari sources have confirmed to AUTOSPORT that the team has no intention of taking the matter further, and have ruled out the possibility of it lodging a protest.”  So, there may or may not be an issue with the rear wing’s legality, and Ferrari may or may not be worried about it, but Red Bull certainly is.  Unless, of course, the “British newspaper media” referenced in the article misquoted or somehow blew Horner’s concerns out of proportion.  With this off-season and the drama continually surrounding the Formula1 community, all of the above is likely.  Still, keep an eye out for news about issues between the teams.

Renault Gains Lada Branding on the 2010 Car:
According to a press release on the Renault F1 website, Lada branding will appear on the 2010 Renault F1 car.  Renault owns 25% of Lada manufacturer AvtoVAZ, and bringing the Russian car company to the French team ties in nicely with Russian driver Vitaly Petrov.  The branding will also be on his driver suit.  According to the release, “This landmark agreement was formally signed in Moscow last Monday, March 1. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also gave the agreement his public endorsement.”  Likely, this branding will bring in some of the extra money Petrov needs to maintain his contract with the French F1 team.

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