Hispania talking to Toyota for 2011 car
London: Formula One newcomers Hispania (HRT) are talking to Toyota about a technical partnership for next season, team boss Colin Kolles said on Friday.
Japanese manufacturer Toyota quit the sport at the end of last season after designing a 2010 car that has never raced but remains available with spares.
Hispania are currently using a car designed and built by Italian company Dallara but that relationship was terminated in May and the Spanish-based team now need to come up with a new car of their own for 2011.
Still a long way from scoring so much as a point, Cosworth-powered Hispania are short of resources and also lack manufacturing capability.
Kolles told Reuters at the German Grand Prix he was exploring the possibilities of a link-up with Cologne-based Toyota.
"Yes, it is an option," he said. "I think it could be a good option for us."
Toyota dismantled their team earlier this year but have maintained a skeleton staff while offering their cars and factory space to interested parties.
They agreed a technical assistance deal with Serbian-based Stefan GP earlier in the year but that came to nothing when the would-be team failed to secure an entry.
Hispania`s Brazilian driver Bruno Senna, returning at Hockenheim after being dropped for the previous British Grand Prix, said he was aware the team were talking with Toyota.
"It`s an ongoing thing but I don`t think they have any contracts signed and everything done," he told Reuters. "It`s a lot of planning to do, considering the team is still trying to get on its feet.”
"So everybody is working hard to find backing and the right people to work. I think they (the team) have some good plans."