HRT: Taking time to be taken seriously

HRT: Taking time to be taken seriously

HRT has started 40 grands prix, but its performance level means that it's still the butt of many a paddock joke. Edd Straw investigates whether there is any reason to take the Spanish team seriously

HRT's third season in Formula 1 started in similar vein to the previous two. Its cars were barely ready in time and neither driver was able to lap anywhere near the pace.

Only the absence of the 107 per cent rule in 2010 meant that the Spanish outfit's failure to qualify in the 2012 season-opener in Australia didn't complete a hat-trick of first-race disasters.

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