HRT have today announced that engineer Toni Cuquerella will take on the role of technical director within the team with immediate effect.
The team have not had a technical director since September 2011 when Geoff Willis left the team – he has since gone on to work for Mercedes.
Cuquerella is proud to be given this job. “The role of Technical Director implies a great amount of responsibility in terms of coordination and decision making,” said the Spaniard. “That's why I'm very proud that the management considers me to be the most adequate person to carry it out. Until now there was a lot of dispersion from within the technical team and that had its repercussions in the concept and quality of the F112.
“My priority is to solve the current car's problems to then develop it to its maximum potential, whilst also unifying and expanding the technical department, but I'm confident that we have a good work base and a clear direction to advance and have a good project for the future”.
HRT team principal Luis PÃ©rez-Sala explained why the team have chosen to fill the position of technical director now, and why Cuquerella is the right man for the job. “Toni Cuquerella has been a key figure in the team since its inception and, above all, in this new stage,” he said. “The transition from the previous project to this one hasn't been easy and a lot of work has been carried out that without vital figures such as him wouldn't have been possible.
“The position of Technical Director was vacant and the development of the F112 was carried out at the technical office in Munich. But now, with the car already on the track, it was important to take control and count on someone influential at the head of the technical office. And because of his experience, judgment and knowledge, Toni's profile fitted in perfectly”.