Team Principal Colin Kolles believes the HRT-Cosworth have “made a huge step forwardâ€ in producing a technically stronger car for the 2011 Formula One Season, because of a new technical partnership with WilliamsF1. Williams, who also are running with Cosworth Engines this year, will supply gearboxes to the HRT Team from the 2011 Season.
Said Alex Burns, Williams CEO, of the agreement: “Our gearbox technology has consistently proven itself as both competitive and reliable, and hence this agreement will be a positive development for both organizations.â€
Kolles added, “This technical partnership is a significant step forward for Hispania Racing HRT F1 Team to improve its performance. We are very happy to do this with an engineering company and race team like Williams F1 which has an impressive track record and astonishing heritage.â€
Just a few days earlier SPEED and Auto Motor und Sport reported the Spanish outfit had bought Toyota’s former Formula One team, including “the expertise, equipment and facilitiesâ€ of Toyota’s Cologne-based team. It was for this reason, according to some, that Toyota only released its 2009-spec car to the new sole tyre supplier to F1 for 2011, Pirelli.
Whilst there have also been rumors that HRT are behind in payments to Cosworth, spectators can be assured that HRT appear committed to Grand Prix Racing in 2011.