Mid-season review: HRT

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Financial struggles meant the formerly-named Campos Meta 1 team only scraped together at the last minute to make it to the grid in Bahrain, a monumental achievement in itself. Since then progress has been understandably slow, and other than a few changes to the fuel system, the HRT F110 has remained entirely unchanged since the season-opener.

The team has been publicly critical of the car design, developed by former partners Dallara with whom they have now split, although they have since largely got on top of the reliability problems. The car has shown flashes of pace too, having come close to main rivals Virgin and Lotus at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim recently, a track that suited the characteristics of the car.

Driver uncertainty has been another unwanted distraction for team management and the technical team, and has also erradicated the feeling of goodwill towards the team given that Karun Chandhok, the most-liked character in the pitlane, was ousted in favour of Sakon Yamamoto. However, with Yamamoto bringing in significant money in sponsorship on a race-by-race basis, it's likely that he will remain in the cockpit for the forseeable future.

For now though, survival is the key word at Hispania, and with Colin Kolles in charge there's every chance the team will survive to see the light in 2011.