Spain’s Hispania Racing has officially unveiled its 2011 contender. Called the F111, it now looks way better than its dull-looking predecessor. Hollywood concept designer Daniel Simon was responsible for the livery of the new car, which has design elements that represent both the team and Daniel’s personal ideas.

In his words, the man who owns the Cosmic Motors label and worked alongside the director of films like Tron: Legacy said “I miss fearless visual statements and large beautiful numbers on today´s racing cars. Playing with the restrictions of what you can do to a complex F1 body is fun. There are many don´ts, but I found a way to lay courageous racing essence on the car.” The F111 may carry more sponsors this season, as it looks like the team is advertising sponsor space on the car with quotes like “your logo here” and “this could be you”.

In terms of performance, team principal Collin Kolles said “The F111 represents a significant step forward for Hispania Racing. We have made a big improvement for starting our second season in Formula 1 and what you see in our new car confirms Hispania Racing´s commitment to F1.”

The moveable rear wing concept has been confirmed for the Cosworth-powered F111 but no news on KERS just yet. Only one driver, India’s Narain Karthikayen has been confirmed for the Murcia outfit, which explains Tata logos on the car. The 34 year old raced for Jordan back in 2005 and spent some time as a Williams test driver.

2010 driver Bruno Senna is now a reserve driver for Lotus Renault and many people in the paddock are expecting to see him temporarily replace Robert Kubica, who recently suffered from a crash while rallying. Former team mate Karun Chandhok on the other hand may become Team Lotus’ test driver, according to recent paddock rumors.

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