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Kolles and HRT part ways

ESPNF1 Staff
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Colin Kolles has been team principal at HRT since it entered Formula One in 2010 © Sutton Images

HRT team principal Colin Kolles has left the team as it moves to new headquarters in Spain.

Kolles has his own facility in Munich, where part of the HRT operation has been running from with the team stating as recently as Monday that the new car was being developed there. However, new owners Thesan Capital wants to move the team to Spain, with Valencia announced as the location for new headquarters back in November and it appears this move has led to Kolles departing.

Kolles will officially leave the post on Thursday having "reached an agreement" with the team. The full statement reads:

"Spanish outfit HRT F1 Team and Dr. Colin Kolles have reached an agreement to end their cooperation and therefore the Team Principal will abandon his post on the 15th of December 2011.

"This is due to the new direction that the team has taken and the decision of the new management to move the team headquarters to Spain.

"HRT F1 Team would like to thank Dr. Colin Kolles for his work and dedication throughout these past two years and wish him the best in his future projects."