The new HRT F1 car was presented in Murcia today
The Campos Meta team has been renamed HRT (Hispania Racing Team) following its takeover by Jose Ramon Carabante, and has signed Indian Karun Chandhok to partner Bruno Senna. The pair raced together at iSport in GP2 in 2008.

The team was launched today at an event in Murcia, with the Dallara-built car also being shown for the first time. The first time that the car will run will be in free practice at Bahrain next Friday.

Chandhok, who has spent the last three years in GP2, will be the second Indian to race in F1, after Narain Karthikeyan raced for Jordan in 2005. He had been widely tipped as a future driver for Force India. It is unclear why Chandhok had not been signed by Force India, particulalry as he must bring money in order to be signed by HRT. Having Chandhok as part of the team would give Force India added exposure back home, ahead of the first Indian GP in 2011. Team owner Vijay Mallya had previously said that he did not feel there was an Indian driver ready for F1.

It will be hard to see HRT as being anything other than backmarkers in 2010 due to their lack of testing, but Dallara are an experienced single-seater constructor and team principal Colin Kolles has good experience of running a team at the lower end of the grid.

Photo Credit: Bruno Senna

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