Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Sepang, 2011

HRT pull both cars out of race with failures

2011 Malaysian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 position 24 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’42.574 (+1.025) 1’41.549
Race position
Laps 14/56 46/56
Pit stops 0 3

HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Narain Karthikeyan 123.276 111.343 110.56 110.416 109.385 109.496 109.683 109.995 111.008 112.266 110.975 111.933 112.56 115.647
Vitantonio Liuzzi 122.663 110.766 109.837 109.495 109.104 109.458 109.203 109.499 109.435 110.933 110.003 110.51 110.392 111.476 111.077 111.85 116.94 135.951 112.212 109.573 107.614 107.51 108.909 111.032 107.184 106.848 107.354 107.332 107.925 107.21 107.122 108.14 107.895 107.634 108.048 110.792 109.695 120.022 135.008 111.042 110.509 106.521 107.495 124.166 147.621 116.628
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Sepang, 2011
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Sepang, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan

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.

Narain Karthikeyan 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

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?s 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?t 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.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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