Liuzzi: HRT “will be up to speed” in Malaysia

2011 Australian Grand Prix

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Melbourne, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Melbourne, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi expects HRT’s failure to qualify in Melbourne will be a one-off.

The driver, who failed to beat the 107% time by 1.7 seconds in qualifying, said: “Everybody did an amazing job. We have to be proud because everyone worked well and I think we have to be positive for the future.

“We are upset because we are not in the 107% but we are looking forward to Malaysia where we will be up to speed. We have to be happy with what we’ve done, the lap time was more than what we expected and we believe that our car will be much better in the future.

“It is true that everything was a little bit critical because we ended up not qualifying, but we just have to be proud of the job done by the team.”

“We faced a lot of difficulties getting here and the effort put in by the whole team this week has been huge, but the rules are the rules. Now we?re focused on the next race. I am positive and am sure that everything will go well in Malaysia.”

Liuzzi wasn’t able to complete any timed laps before qualifying and team mate Narain Karthikeyan didn’t fare much better:

“I?ve only done two timed laps with the new car before qualifying so, given the circumstances, it was quite an achievement. Everyone has done a great job and put in a lot of hard work, it?s a shame not to have had one more day.

“With an extra 24 hours we would have been in a better position. We just need to do some more running, so I think that come Malaysia we will be better prepared. Right now we need to stay positive.”

Team principal Colin Kolles praised the work of the mechanics in preparing the cars to run: “In the end it just couldn?t be, still I?m incredibly proud of my whole team.

“Our drivers produced the maximum in the least amount of time possible. We managed to get both cars ready in time for qualifying and proved that the car is capable of running a lot quicker than today. The circumstances in which we arrived were not as desired.

“We created a miracle again, but it wasn?t enough. We?ll be back stronger than ever in Malaysia. There we will have more time to test the car and show where the F111 really belongs??.

The stewards decided not to grant HRT an exemption to compete in Sunday’s race.

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69 comments on Liuzzi: HRT “will be up to speed” in Malaysia

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th March 2011, 11:55

    Great work to get the cars built at all, I suppose. Liuzzi is probably right about being a lot better prepared next race.

    They should have the new nosecone and wing crashtested, that alone should bring a major step forward. And if those cars will be doing a bit of running to actually do a setup they are in for a good shot.
    I must say Liuzzi especially, but Narain impressed going faster than the Virgins did yesterday morning in FP1.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 26th March 2011, 11:56

    Maybe he does have a point here. Considering that they only got the car started for the first time yesterday and they’re running last year’s aerodynamic package, I was quite suprised to see that he was only 1.7 seconds away from qualifying. So if they can get the new wing up to standard, Liuzzi might be in with another shot.

    Karthikeyan, however, is a totally different matter …

    • choltz (@choltz) said on 26th March 2011, 20:16

      Karthikeyan was driving in the middle of the track all the time even entering corners, it seems like the guy doesn’t even understand basic driving concepts, so yes… a totally different matter!

      • he is scared of the wall. that’s normal for a rusty driver.. maybe better in Malaysia.

      • ron said on 27th March 2011, 6:03

        that guy who you claim to dont know how to drive qualified 12th at his debut race in Melbourne nearly 2 second faster than his teammate in 2005

        • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 27th March 2011, 22:27

          But wasn’t that with the rain-affected 1-shot aggregate qualifying system?

          • Williams4Ever said on 27th March 2011, 23:51

            Yes and he could have hashed it one lap that mattered. That was a good qualifying format honestly, tested the nerves of the drivers.

            I still remember qualifier of Brazil’05 as Kimi was crossing the start-finish line to start his hot lap, his engineer got on radio and told him Alonso’s lap of provisional pole, Kimi’s car twitched slightly and Kimi ended up qualifying in the fifth position.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Brazilian_Grand_Prix

            It was real exciting format rather than the current charade of three rounds of Q1-Q2-Q3, where everyone who doesn’t make the cut blames “traffic”

            They should rather give one hour unlimited runs to every team/driver and be fair and square to everybody and spectators can see more action as well.

          • Macca25 said on 28th March 2011, 4:20

            They should rather give one hour unlimited runs to every team/driver and be fair and square to everybody and spectators can see more action as well.

            Yes, then all the drivers wait until the last 10 minutes and blames traffic for a poor lap.

            I think the current format of Qualy is the best we’ve had.

  3. More than they expected? This is not a team assembled in the final weeks for the campaign this time, they’ve had the whole winter to plan and get ready. They’re not ready and there’s no reason whatsoever to suggest they will be by Malaysia – not least because if they don’t race tomorrow, they have no track time.

  4. Ivan Vinitskyy said on 26th March 2011, 12:31

    Second season and no improvement, why bother at all?
    I hope no sponsors touch them.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th March 2011, 12:33

      To judge from their livery no sponsor has so far. That will be one of the problems, why they did not make it, wont it?

    • Sush Meerkat said on 26th March 2011, 15:20

      Shouldn’t we be admiring the fact that a small start up team is trying to make it into F1?

      The comment you just made Ivan is the same sort of comment people used to make about Red Bull.

      “Pah red bull? thats the joker in the pack isn’t it?”

      • Ivan Vinitskyy said on 26th March 2011, 15:34

        You either do it or don’t bother. HRT never had the resources to be in F1. Admiring failure I will not.

        • choltz (@choltz) said on 26th March 2011, 20:25

          Admire, no, but I have to feel sorry for a team that Mosley tricked into signing up to a “cheap F1″. They had the resources for what they they were told they were signing up for, but that didn’t work out.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 26th March 2011, 22:38

        Red Bull were never in this predicament.

        • TheGreatCornholio said on 30th March 2011, 23:10

          Only cos their owner has an indecent amount of cash at his disposal! If all F1 team owners were as wealthy as Dieter Mateschitz the 107% rule would be as irrelevant as your comment.

  5. Aetost (@aetost) said on 26th March 2011, 12:34

    “With an extra 24 hours we would have been in a better position. We just need to do some more running, so I think that come Malaysia we will be better prepared. Right now we need to stay positive.”

    An extra 24 hours? They had 2 extra weeks to get ready. If Bahrain wasn’t canceled, I doubt HRT would have made a showing there. Bernie and Luca are going to have a field day…

  6. graigchq (@graigchq) said on 26th March 2011, 12:39

    i hate to say I told you so, but…

    I think it’s fairly brave for Liuzzi and Karthikeyan to say anyting at all, after all, they are drivers and have no input on the assembly or provision of a fast car, or a car at all.

    I don’t want to be a pessimist, but I fail to see the point in them even trying. I mean, no sponsors, no track time, two rubbish drivers, and a whole team who are probably embarrassed to be wearing HRT livery. What motivation do any of them have to carry on at all??

  7. this would be embarrassing for a GP3 team let alone F1

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 26th March 2011, 12:56

      Considering that GP3 cars would take over two minutes to lap Albert Park, I’d say Hispania aren’t as bad as you’re making them out to be.

      • Ben N said on 26th March 2011, 13:07

        Somehow… I don’t think Lee’s comment was free of sarcasm… :)

        • NickTheGeek said on 26th March 2011, 14:03

          But prisoner you cant really say because an F1 spec car can beat a GP3 spec car that its not that bad. An old Nova with that Cosworth engine in would no doubt out lap a Gp3 car.

  8. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 26th March 2011, 13:02

    Brundle tore them apart today. I seem to remember him saying ‘I don’t know why Liuzzi has parked himself with that team’. Ouch :P

    • Ben N said on 26th March 2011, 13:08

      Speaking of Brundle, I thought he adapted his style perfectly to that of lead commentator and DC did a decent job. They’ll gel quickly and I’m looking forward to them in the race tomorrow.

      • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 26th March 2011, 13:25

        Many agree with you Ben N, head over to the forum…

      • DavidS (@davids) said on 26th March 2011, 13:36

        Agreed, there’s a great mix of his knowledge and his ability to call the action, with DC providing further insight.

        Much better than Legard
        JL: There’s a Red Bull in the barrier!
        MB: That looks like a Toro Rosso
        JL: Buemi?
        MB: I think that looks like Alguersuari
        JL: Yes, it’s Alguersuari, marshalls are waving double yellow flags, how will that affect Lewis Hamilton.

        We got way too many of those (this one I made up) when Legard was around.

        Brundle is doing an excellent job so far.

    • choltz (@choltz) said on 26th March 2011, 20:32

      Yeah Brundle did say that. I think he said that Liuzzi’s F1 career was over, fair or not, and picking HRT (Horrible Racing Technology) was a mistake. Probably a mistake since he could have gone on to drive in another series, but putting yourself into an HRT for a year could hurt that.

  9. Toro Stevo (@toro-stevo) said on 26th March 2011, 13:11

    They at least put in a better effort than the Mastercard Lolas did years ago. They were at least 12 seconds behind pole if memory serves.

    • NickTheGeek said on 26th March 2011, 14:07

      ah yes that brings back memories, but the sport has moved on since then, there just isnt room for teams like HRT now, its not completely about pace. Its about showing up at the, as far as it should be, second race still not having built their cars. As I say the level has been raised since back then.

    • choltz (@choltz) said on 26th March 2011, 20:34

      At least the Lola had sponsorship, maybe only for once race…. but still! :)

  10. Krislord (@krislord) said on 26th March 2011, 13:34

    Had HRT done a sensible number of laps in the 3 available practice sessions and been within 107% in one of them then maybe they should have been allowed to race. But given they hardly did any laps I think this was the right call.

  11. matty55 said on 26th March 2011, 14:08

    Hopefully they can get their act together for Malaysia. As much as I hate the rule it made sense to exclude them from this race. There was a number of occasions in Q1 where they were literally a mobile chicane. I’d hate to think we have another Forti fiasco on our hands!

  12. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 26th March 2011, 14:09

    highly doubt so! they have no preparation at all. They don’t know the tyres, they don’t know anything at all about the new car.

    I highly doubt they’ll be able to beat the 107% time at Malaysia. Specially because all the other teams will be improving aswell… and a lot faster than HRT.

    • andy c (@andy-c) said on 26th March 2011, 14:22

      Yet they were 2 seconds off virgin with about 11 laps of running….

    • TheGreatCornholio said on 30th March 2011, 23:19

      They actually did quite a few laps on the Pirellis at one of the pre-season tests in last years car so they DID have at least some knowledge of the tyres.
      Some of you lot are gonna have egg on your faces when they start out qualifying the Virgin cars in a few races time.
      The best thing they did last year was to employ Colin Kolles then later on Geoff Willis.

  13. verstappen said on 26th March 2011, 14:17

    Liuzzi got close, so if they learn more about the new car, they can probably get that out of set up. When you’re so far of seconds are easier to fins than at the top.

  14. F1fan said on 26th March 2011, 14:51

    u guys are such a nanny. I’m sure the lot of u are using the same word when minardi race in 2005 where weber scored his first point. and look at minardi now??? in q3 disguise as toro rosso. my vote is to let them to race. i hate this 107 number

  15. RIISE (@riise) said on 26th March 2011, 15:06

    He also said HRT would get out for FP1 but you know…I don’t think they will be up to speed, just a waste of 2 grid spots if you ask me.

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