HRT finally run new car but fail to reach race

2011 Australian GP team review

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Melbourne, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Melbourne, 2011

HRT fell foul of the revived 107% rule after completing just seven laps in practice.

They were over two seconds slower than the next slowest car in qualifying.

The team were using parts of their 2010 aerodynamics including the front wing. The car’s rear wing did not seem to be adjustable, which would have accounted for a significant amount of lost time.

Narain Karthikeyan Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position DNQ DNQ
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’34.293 (+1.315) 1’32.978

Narain Karthikeyan

Drove the car for the first time in final practice, managing five laps, but wasn’t able to qualify.

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Did even fewer laps than Karthikeyan prior to qualifying. Getting within 1.7 seconds of the target time was a considerable effort for a car that was still being shaken down.

He was 9% slower than Sebastian Vettel’s best time in Q1.

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53 comments on HRT finally run new car but fail to reach race

  1. Herman said on 28th March 2011, 19:37

    I know it’s good that HRT are trying and all that, but they’re not technically a new team now. It’s their second year, and McLaren relatively hardly did any testing so I can kind of excuse HRT for not testing it (though they should have at least done some testing, however little). What I find incredible is that they don’t even have the DRS wing. This is pretty poor from HRT; they should have done better than this.

  2. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 29th March 2011, 3:30

    All that time when other teams were testing new parts they were building their car only to understand that they use parts of 2010 with no moveable rear wing,awesome. I do think if they fail to qualify for the race until China I think it will be a good thing for them
    1.Pack everything for 2011 & set to work for 2012.
    2.Sell or leave F1 just Toyota did,the best thing they can do is do some auction on some parts of the car to help Japan.

    Even FIA should take some steps if they fail until China.

  3. MacLeod (@macleod) said on 29th March 2011, 11:28

    There time is up and gone, not even having the car ready at pratice is a sign things are just going down.

    I thought Kolles could have a decent car which he could be in the 107% time and could continue improving. Now it’s over after the extra time (1 month extra) still only having parts instead of a car.

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