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GP Week : Issue 130
Kolles: HRT not planning to join FOTa ACCORDING to HRT team principal Colin Kolles, the Spanish racing outfit have no plans to rejoin the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA). The Spanish team took the decision to leave FOTA in January 2011; a statement released at the time explained the decision came about because membership “made no sense for a small team as we are, because of the politics”. But given the financial struggles HRT were experiencing at the time, and reports that the team had in fact been expelled for non-payment of dues, it was widely believed that the exit was motivated by money, not politics. In an interview with Autosport, Kolles explained that the decision was political, not financial. In his eyes, Kolles said, FOTA was an organisation for the front running teams who were unwilling to support those outfits lower down the grid. “ To my knowledge, FOTA is just a name and it’s not really existing if you take it in the real world,” Kolles told Autosport. “ We are very happy as it is. Maybe we can think about things if people would accommodate our needs, but I think we understand our own problems better than the chairman of FOTA, who runs maybe a different structure, so I don’t see the need for somebody else to negotiate our commercial deals. “I think we are good enough and strong enough to negotiate our own deals,” the confident team boss concluded. Malaysia to host F1 in Schools final ORGANISERS of F1 in Schools have announced that this year’s finals will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the run- up to the neighbouring Singapore Grand Prix. “It is always our aim to tie in our World Finals with a Formula One Grand Prix and with the proximity of Malaysia to Singapore we are able to offer the students the add- on of a trip to the Singapore Grand Prix,” Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools Andrew Denford told Formula1.com. Out of seven F1 in Schools World Finals held since the competition’s inception in 1999, two will have been hosted by Malaysia, Denford said. “ This will be the second time that the World Finals have been held in Malaysia, with our first visit in 2008 proving to be highly successful,” he said. “ We are delighted that we have received official endorsement from the Ministry for Education in Malaysia. “ With their support we are anticipating another very popular and well-staged event and we know that the students who have won through to the World Finals from their National events will have the trip of a lifetime when they arrive in this beautiful country. There are over 800 schools engaged in F1 in Schools in Malaysia so home grown competition will be even stronger this year!” F1 in Schools is open to 15 million students around the world, and was designed to promote careers in mathematics, engineering, science and technology. Entrants design and manufacture a model F1 car powered by compressed air before racing their machines on a specially-designed 20- metre track. The 2011 World Final will see 23 competing teams from 17 countries arrive in Kuala Lumpur with the aim of winning automotive and motorsport engineering scholarships to London’s City University. HRT team principal Colin Killes Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools Andrew Denford 10