Canada updates for HRT as 107% rule looms

2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Monaco, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Monaco, 2011

HRT are bringing new parts for their F111 to this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after coming close to not qualifying in Monaco.

Neither HRT ran in qualifying in Monaco and but both drivers were given a dispensation to race despite finding it difficult to lap within 7% of the fastest times in practice.

Vitantonio Liuzzi’s fastest lap during the race was within 7% of the race’s fastest lap – set by Mark Webber – by just four hundredths of a second.

The cars failed to qualify in Australia after falling foul of the 107% rule. They did not run at all in pre-season testing.

Team principal Colin Kolles said: “The team has come a long way since the start of the championship but we have to make bigger steps.

“In order to achieve this improvement we will be coming to Canada with some new aero parts that suit the circuit characteristics and a new exhaust system”.

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39 comments on Canada updates for HRT as 107% rule looms

  1. Tom said on 6th June 2011, 16:58

    So, how many times will HRT get lapped in Canada? I’m saying 5.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th June 2011, 17:01

    They were closer and closer to Virgin and now they’ve fallen back again to risking not to qualify.

    • timi said on 6th June 2011, 17:16

      I think they fell back because they thought they’d be smart and not implement an extreme EBD, so as not to be caught out by the new regulation (when’s that coming by the way?!). serves them right. All I can say is thank god they didn’t launch a protest after Monaco!!

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th June 2011, 18:51

        Actually they shelved their EBD only when they got that FIA clarification in.

        Seems the postponement of the ban got them to finish it now, so I would think the protests threats were about Kolles getting assurance that he would be able to get some milage on it before it is banned.

  3. MVEilenstein said on 6th June 2011, 17:13

    Looking forward to it. HRT is making slow, but steady progress.

  4. Chris said on 6th June 2011, 17:43

    So why are they still in F1 again?

    • slr said on 6th June 2011, 17:47

      HRT are just there to fill up the grid.

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 6th June 2011, 18:38

      The same reason Minardi, Forti, Pacific, Andrea Moda, EuroBrun, Coloni, Rial, Simtek, Larrousse and loads of other teams were.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th June 2011, 18:53

        Exaclty, how bland would it be without all the hilarious stories of failed efforts and struggling underdogs.

        How better to measure Red Bulls speed then by having them be almost 7% quicker even on the slower tyres!

        • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th June 2011, 23:00

          I agree! Teams like this add another element to F1. Who doesn’t want the underdog to do well, seriously?

          Well, maybe Ecclestone, but it depends on what day of the week you catch him.

          • MVEilenstein said on 6th June 2011, 23:13

            Who doesn’t want the underdog to do well, seriously?

            A lot of commenters on this site. Seriously.

          • fordsrule said on 7th June 2011, 1:14

            Concerning HRT, Me, I dont like them, I think they are dodgy and dont deserve a place on the grid, I would rather they just be kicked out and be done with it.

          • MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 8th June 2011, 12:38

            @fordsrule
            How are they dodgy? Like what did they do that makes you hate them… I just see a team trying to do well and has done better than Virgin who has a larger budget than them. Which if you consider the sponsers that Virgin has to HRT is sad on Virgin’s part.

  5. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 6th June 2011, 17:49

    So does that put a stop to a protest of the off-throttle blowing of the exhaust, presumably HRT are now also using it in Canada then.

  6. f1yankee said on 6th June 2011, 17:50

    they’ve been suffering problems typical of a small team in their first year. unfortunately, they’re in the middle of their second year. get rid of these jokers and give me a third ferrari, mclaren, red bull and merc.

  7. craig said on 6th June 2011, 18:07

    The more gadgets they find to put on cars it seems the wider the disparity.

  8. Stevooooo said on 6th June 2011, 19:50

    Is this the first time that HRT have brought “updates” to a GP?

  9. Calum said on 6th June 2011, 22:19

    Based on 2010 results, HRT were better than Virgin, USF1, and Stefan GP.

    Virgin made it through a season but were beaten by HRT.

    USF1 had the same opportunity to fill a ‘making up numbers’ slot but they couldn’t even make the grid.

    And HRT must have done many things right to even get a shot in F1 because Stefan GP looked ready for F1 and still didn’t get admitted!

    • Douglas 62500 said on 7th June 2011, 8:49

      Yeah… A big big shame that the Toyota TF110 did not get itself a chance to race with either Stefan GP or HRT…..

  10. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 7th June 2011, 2:48

    If they fail this time they shouldn’t be given another second chance to race.

  11. Gill said on 7th June 2011, 5:01

    Why are they even competing in F1 ? Is this team gaining something out of being in F1 ? How does this team make money and pay its employees?

  12. It's Hammer Time said on 7th June 2011, 12:57

    “Concerning HRT, Me, I dont like them, I think they are dodgy and dont deserve a place on the grid, I would rather they just be kicked out and be done with it.”

    Really? They are a outfit set up purely to go racing. They are in the sport for the right reasons and they have committed passionate people on board.

    Ok, the arbitrary 107% rule is there for safety reasons, and currently HRT are in a position where this rule represents an obstacle, but in time they should improve. They need money and time.

    Unfortunately, the trend for fledgling F1 outfits is that one or other of the above usually runs out before success is achieved…

    The alternative is 4 5-6 car teams, which would make me turn off.

  13. dj said on 8th June 2011, 0:06

    Really all 3 new teams should get unlimted testing,so they can get up to speed:)

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