Vitatonio Liuzzi, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Istanbul, 2011

Wheel nut problem ends HRT’s hopes of beating Virgin

2011 Turkish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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