The Campos Meta 1 team will race under the name HRT F1, standing for the Hispania Racing F1 Team, following Jose Ramon Carabante's acquisition of the Spanish outfit last month.
The decision was announced on Wednesday morning, together with the news that the team will be presented in Murcia, Spain, on Thursday. It is expected HRT will then confirm Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok as its racing drivers, with Jose Maria Lopez believed to be on the verge of securing a deal to become the team's reserve following the collapse of US F1. AUTOSPORT reports that team founder Adrian Campos, who sold his stake in the team to Carabante last month, will stay on board as executive vice president.
Hispania Racing, named after one of Carabante's companies, said it will continue to push with plans to build its base in Murcia, but it is expected to operate from Campos' factory in Alzira, Alicante, in the meantime. The team will be led by Colin Kolles (above), who was appointed as team principal and managing director last month.
"The new team name signifies a new birth for our Formula 1 ambitions and highlights the incredible effort that is going on behind the scenes to ensure we make a successful debut in Bahrain on March 14," said Kolles on Wednesday. "While we are a new team in the paddock, we will be very proud to stand alongside such legendary names as Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus, as we hope to build our own reputation in the coming years."