Today’s big news that doesn’t matter: HRT likely to get sold

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HRT could be sold in the coming weeks, the team announced today. Here’s its statement:

The current owners of HRT Formula 1 Team, TC II S.a.rl., would like to confirm that they are currently in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team. HRT Formula 1 Team’s current management hopes to conclude the sale in the upcoming weeks and, with it, enable the team to continue progressing and become a reference in modern-day Formula 1 after the important achievements already accomplished in this 2012 season. HRT Formula 1 Team hopes to communicate the name of its new owner in the upcoming weeks.

According to the HRT Formula 1 Team management, “we believe the moment to let new investors come through for HRT Formula 1 Team has arrived. We’re very proud of the work done by the entire team and of the excellent sporting evolution achieved but 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”.

Autosport says a deal with a someone or some group in the Middle East was close last month, and talks between that unnamed buyer and HRT’s owner, Thesan Capital, continue.

I can’t lie that an announcement this weekend that a U.S. backer had bought the team — despite the fact that F1B might be able to give it a run for its money just by fielding Grace’s Mazda — would be the type of big news announcement that might help the U.S. Grand Prix make the splash it ought to. (I was away from the TV this weekend; did anyone see any coverage of the coming race on any major network? Anyone seen anything in a local “paper”?)

Mark Cuban’s got those Texas ties. Donald Trump could use a new gig now that the election is over. Surely there’s some American who wants to go all in and own an F1 team?

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