ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 04: Pedro de la Rosa of Spain and Hispania Racing Team drives during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 4, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Spanish-based Formula One backmarkers Hispania Racing Team are up for sale and talks are ongoing with a number of groups interested in buying the team.

Hispania, who have yet to score a point in three years, have Indian Narain Karthikeyan and Spanish veteran Pedro De la Rosa as their two current drivers in a season that ends later this month.

Team owners Thesan Capital said on Monday that they hoped to conclude a sale in the next few weeks.

“We believe the moment to let new investors come through for HRT Formula One Team has arrived,” they said.

“The time has come for the team to continue growing with new financial backing. We're convinced that the sporting potential of the team is huge and that the presence of new investors can give it a big boost.”


Thesan Capital took over Hispania in July 2011, with former Grand Prix driver Luis Perez-Sala becoming the team principal and the headquarters moving to Madrid.

Hispania have developed links with China this year with Shanghai-born Ma Qing Hua driving their car in some Friday practice sessions and enlisted in their young driver development programme.

The team held an event in Shanghai last week to recognise Ma Qing Hua's achievement in becoming the first Chinese-born driver to take part in a Grand Prix weekend.

Zhao Yingua, chairman of Shanghai Automobile and Motorsports Association, said at the time: “We are very proud of him and we wish him and the team the very best. We will also make a big effort to support him.” - Reuters