HRT has denied that a company linked to Caterham bosses Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne is in charge of the Spanish team’s 2012 car design.
It was reported in November that HRT was set to work with Cologne based Caterham Technology and Innovation — essentially the design office of the former Toyota F1 team subsequently acquired by the Caterham chiefs. Allied with the fact HRT did not name an engine supplier for the recent provisional FIA entry list, it triggered speculation the team might also be set to switch from Cosworth to Renault power for 2012.
But in a media statement on Monday, HRT denied that Caterham “will be in charge of the design and fabrication of the F112’s monocoque”.
The team insisted that its 2012 car is being developed at its own technical office in Munich, adding that HRT “is confident that the new car will be ready for preseason testing in February”.