Bernie Ecclestone has played down the chances of HRT being replaced by a new entity called Scorpion Racing.
It emerged today that a group of what are described as American and Canadian investors are behind an attempt to gain a last minute entry to the 2013 World Championship using ex-HRT equipment. A UK base at Silverstone, rather than in Madrid, has been mentioned.
However in effect the HRT entry lapsed when the team folded at the end of last season and it would appear that there are few real assets other than the 2012 cars themselves, which in theory could be run again this year.
Ecclestone has had some contact with Scorpion but says that it’s unlikely that the project will succeed.
“I’ve spoken to them and told them to get in touch with the FIA and ask for an entry,” he told the UK’s Press Association agency.
“They want to buy all the bits from HRT, then form a company and ask for an entry, but I personally don’t think it will happen. It’s all a bit too late. Maybe they could do it for next year.”