After failing to qualify in Melbourne HRT comfortably made it into the race in Sepang.
But both drivers had to retire their cars with technical problems.
|Narain Karthikeyan||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’42.574 (+1.025)||1’41.549|
HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Qualified a second off his team mate’s pace after flat-spotting his tyres on his second effort in Q1.
Fell back from Liuzzi at a similar rate during the race and retired with a cooling problem after 14 laps.
Qualified half a second slower than Jerome d’Ambrosio’s Virgin. He was around a second a lap of the pace of the MVR-02s in the race.
Team principal Colin Kolles said: “We stopped both cars just to be safe.
“Narain?óÔé¼Ôäós car had very high water temperatures so we advised him to stop.
“Tonio was close to the finish the race and felt an unstable rear. We pitted the car twice to check the problem and found out that there was a damage on the rear wing so we decided to stop just for safety reasons.
“Overall it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót a bad day considering this was our first proper race and our first chance to test the car in a race situation. There were no major issues so we need to try and improve for the next race in China where we hope to finish.
“Our lap times were not bad compared to the front runners, this shows there is some light at the end of the tunnel.”
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