Wheel nut problem ends HRT’s hopes of beating Virgin

2011 Turkish GP team review

HRT’s upgrade showed potential in Turkey.

But a wheel problem for Vitantonio Liuzzi kept them from beating their rivals.

Narain Karthikeyan Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 22 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’31.564 (+0.872) 1’30.692
Race position 21 22
Laps 55/58 53/58
Pit stops 3 4

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 57 58
Narain Karthikeyan 106.69 99.052 99.232 99.116 97.879 99.298 98.171 97.483 97.89 98.403 98.576 98.931 98.746 99.206 119.641 97.378 97.053 102.463 97.323 96.886 96.816 97.674 97.432 97.767 96.657 98.622 97.317 118.633 97.133 97.139 95.896 95.433 99.606 96.975 96.33 96.192 96.37 95.997 99.998 97.117 98.343 96.19 96.127 95.845 98.163 115.002 95.181 97.493 95.649 97.22 93.948 95.442 97.649 94.747 95.218
Vitantonio Liuzzi 105.976 99.047 98.347 97.868 97.74 98.143 98.192 98.311 98.151 100.236 97.97 98.891 98.642 98.875 99.189 174.976 151.088 97.683 97.245 99.165 98.007 97.997 97.389 97.797 99.725 98.602 97.657 98.523 98.663 98.199 98.527 99.097 98.838 97.481 97.837 116.65 148.2 136.176 96.362 96.709 94.699 95.521 95.31 97.366 95.419 95.343 97.94 96.248 95.33 96.157 96.552 98.864 96.012

Narain Karthikeyan

Stopped with a problem in the wet first practice session.

Despite the upgrades to the F111 Karthikeyan was slowest in qualifying again. Kamui Kobayashi’s stoppage and Jerome D’Ambrosio’s penalty elevated him to 22nd.

Liuzzi’s problems meant he finished behind his team mate but almost a minute behind D’Ambrosio.

Narain Karthikeyan 2011 form guide

Vitatonio Liuzzi, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Istanbul, 2011

Vitatonio Liuzzi, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Istanbul, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Out-qualified Timo Glock and started in front of the other Virgin as Jerome D’Ambrosio was given a penalty.

But D’Ambrosio overtook Liuzzi on lap nine and began to pull away from the HRT.

Liuzzi’s hopes of beating him were dashed at his first pit stop when a wheel gun problem meant a wheel nut was lost and Liuzzi had to come in again for another stop on the next lap.

However his lap times showed HRT’s upgrade have brought them closer to Virgin.

He said: “We?ve shown an improvement in our performance and had good pace on Friday and Saturday proving that the gap has closed with Virgin.

“In the race we need to try and understand what we did wrong, we had a problem with both front tyres and need to work on this to make sure it doesn?t happen again in the next race.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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15 comments on Wheel nut problem ends HRT’s hopes of beating Virgin

  1. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 9th May 2011, 11:05

    Sorry but there’s an error somewhere in here.

    Liuzzi’s problems meant he finished in front of his team mate but almost a minute behind D’Ambrosio.

    But didn’t he finish behind his team mate according to the stats above?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th May 2011, 11:07

      Yes, that should have said ‘behind’. Thanks.

      • Tom L. said on 9th May 2011, 12:19

        I actually understood it differently. Seeing as this was in the Karthikeyan section, I assumed that “he” referred to Karthikeyan, rather than Liuzzi, and therefore that “in front of” was correct…

  2. Dutch_Alex said on 9th May 2011, 11:27

    A team that was “a waste of grid space” in Australia. And here they are, getting close to virgin. I think if they can keep up their form, they could beat Virgin in the championship again this year. Go HRT!

    • timi (@timi) said on 9th May 2011, 11:39

      yeah i agree. very pleased to see HRT seemingly close up the gap to their nearest competition.
      Also question Keith, interestingly enough i saw that one of the teams was complaining of only actually getting 41 seconds of visual time on air in china… could the team have been HRT? because throughout FP1 and FP2 they were shown a lot more than i think i saw them for the whole of last season!!

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 9th May 2011, 16:35

      Liuzzi’s merit.

  3. wigster (@wigster) said on 9th May 2011, 12:29

    At least theres some consolation for HRT and Liuzzi in knowing they weren’t the only ones to have tyre changing issues with wheel nuts this weekend.

  4. Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th May 2011, 13:47

    Last year three new teams are almost in same order. Now Lotus is closing to the slowest established team(whoever it is), HRT is closing to Virgin. It’s much more interesting.

  5. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 9th May 2011, 15:39

    That lap time graph is pretty interesting. Looks like it doesn’t matter how much fuel HRT has onboard, the speed (or lack of) is pretty consistent.

  6. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 9th May 2011, 16:19

    What HRT is doing is that they are racing only with Virgin & vice verse.Look at Lotus they are confident to give a hard time to the mid runner.

  7. kateafan said on 9th May 2011, 16:46

    Tough luck for Liuzzi, he’s making the most the the car’s upgrades in qualifying ahead of Glock, hope to see him with better luck in Monaco, where he’s always raced well.

  8. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 9th May 2011, 20:36

    I’d wondered what happened to Liuzzi. There was not mention of his problem on SPEED, but the result showed him finishing 2 laps down on his team mate which I was a bit confused about.

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th May 2011, 22:24

    It looked promising for HRT but just not to be…yet. Karthikeyan isn’t doing much for me.

  10. The New Pope said on 11th May 2011, 4:42

    This is a cool spot.

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