Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Montreal, 2011

HRT: Liuzzi lifts team ahead of Virgin

2011 Canadian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitantonio Liuzzi gave HRT their best finish of 13th to pass Virgin in the championship

Narain Karthikeyan Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 23 21
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’18.574 (+0.15) 1’18.424
Race position 17 13
Laps 69/70 69/70
Pit stops 2 3

HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Narain Karthikeyan 165.975 122.153 124.985 118.214 102.115 102.238 102.678 107.168 109.828 129.942 127.267 117.681 102.707 100.69 99.769 100.628 100.681 101.78 112.99 122.456 110.557 108.222 109.324 127.457 147.512 128.95 121.562 119.993 119.879 120.623 121.152 123.593 117.994 98.873 99.102 128.857 103.027 123.729 117.222 97.582 97.116 96.335 95.826 94.114 96.393 94.488 94.042 95.383 97.772 114.808 110.266 101.09 93.381 90.48 105.713 97.402 95.577 117.064 96.556 91.694 87.184 84.753 83.63 84.233 83.116 83.166 83.351 84.919
Vitantonio Liuzzi 161.65 124.304 125.179 117.846 102.421 101.536 101.763 108.963 128.379 116.65 126.207 117.135 100.45 100.519 99.455 99.442 100.715 102.399 110.383 118.765 112.23 108.666 108.743 130.956 145.948 129.405 122.106 120.258 119.92 120.548 121.858 122.908 127.6 132.117 98.42 106.116 99.041 111.84 115.9 98.309 97.359 95.581 96.405 94.053 94.341 94.805 94.197 94.643 99.463 98.829 120.744 108.995 89.938 88.378 107.199 97.572 95.947 114.784 92.04 85.645 86.279 83.419 83.639 84.179 84.713 85.202 86.845 86.021

Narain Karthikeyan

Qualified ahead of Jerome d’Ambrosio and ran in front of the Virgin and Jarno Trulli in the first half of the race.

Made a bid to pass Timo Glock in the closing laps but was deemed to have cut the track and handed a time penalty which left him 17th and last of the running cars.

Narain Karthikeyan 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Montreal, 2011
Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Montreal, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi

HRT brought an exhaust upgrade to this race plus a circuit-specific rear wing – the kind of improvements they had to do without last year.

Liuzzi used them to out-qualify both Virgins but was over a second and a half behind the Lotuses.

Colin Kolles said: “I think it has been proven that we have made a step forward, we qualified ahead of the Virgins and the gap with Lotus is smaller than in previous races and it could?ve been even smaller.

“Tonio was two tenths quicker than in his fastest lap when he spun on his last lap and I assume he could?ve been between two and four tenths quicker if he would have finished the lap”.

Liuzzi brought more cheer to the team in the race. He was 17th with 11 laps to go but passed the two Virgins and profited from two retirements to give the team a best-ever finish of 13th.

That moved them ahead of Virgin in the constructors’ championship. Lotus are ahead of them by dint of having two 13th-placed finishes.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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