HRT: High tyre wear leaves HRT duo last again

2011 European GP team review

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Valencia, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Valencia, 2011

It was another quiet race bringing up the rear for HRT.

While their closest rivals were able to get away with two stops, both HRTs had to make three due to high tyre wear.

“We struggled the whole weekend with the tyres, especially on the rear end of the car” said team principal Colin Kolles.

“We had to go for a three stop strategy since the wear of the tyres was too high; our main competitors were on two stops. The pace overall was good but due to the additional stop we could not gain positions.”

Narain Karthikeyan Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 24 22
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’44.363 (+0.779) 1’43.584
Race position 24 23
Laps 54/57 54/57
Pit stops 3 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
Narain Karthikeyan 126.285 112.023 111.358 110.914 110.867 110.403 110.463 111.417 111.003 110.465 110.76 111.867 111.771 133.032 121.052 113.392 109.846 111.429 110.533 110.16 109.793 117.067 111.561 110.329 114.414 113.7 112.257 113.907 131.371 118.03 111.002 107.708 110.766 108.377 107.977 109.603 107.761 110.192 109.019 109.921 110.055 111.237 114.079 132.152 117.118 108.379 110.901 108.081 108.521 108.586 108.871 108 109.022 109.548
Vitantonio Liuzzi 124.831 111.879 111.122 111.23 110.754 110.324 109.879 110.031 109.871 109.661 109.617 109.721 110.128 111.008 129.69 115.455 109.008 110.965 110.478 110.933 108.952 110.113 109.057 110.131 108.885 108.947 109.194 125.709 116.369 108.418 108.011 107.775 107.678 110.184 108.491 109.514 107.418 108.697 108.143 107.475 108.409 108.341 123.604 115.641 108.294 108.106 107.861 107.418 107.649 107.852 107.743 108.745 108.928 108.296

Narain Karthikeyan

Finished in his customary last position after dropping back with a flat-spotted tyre early in the race: “At the beginning I was trying to keep with the pack, with Liuzzi and [Jerome] d’Ambrosio, but after seven laps I locked the front and after that I had a lonely race.”

Karthikeyan became the first driver to finish a race in 24th place.

Narain Karthikeyan 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Out-qualified D’Ambrosio again and kept him beind until his first pit stop. Thereafter fell back from the two Virgins.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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16 comments on HRT: High tyre wear leaves HRT duo last again

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th June 2011, 10:43

    Keep battling HRT! They actually had quite a lot of TV time yesterday.

    With Liuzzi not being all that quick to let Vettel by 2 times and Narain being shown lapped by at least 10 cars as well. I hope that brings someone in to the cool spot or thinking it could be them on the car.

    • Huron (@huron) said on 27th June 2011, 11:05

      I hope not, because that it would only give them more incentive to ignore blue flags.

      James Hunt would have had some very choice words about HRT’s usual blue flag antics.

  2. Enigma (@enigma) said on 27th June 2011, 10:48

    Interesting tweet from Adam Cooper: “#F1 I asked @narainracing if he’d seen @AussieGrit waving at him, he said ‘No, but they all do it…’ Poor guy!”

    Another quite race behind everyone, but at least they had a solid qualy – good job by Liuzzi to out-qualify D’Ambrosio. I think he’s the best driver HRT’s had, experience really is more important than talent there.

  3. AdrianMorse said on 27th June 2011, 11:42

    In the first stint, Karthikeyan does not manage to breach the 1m50s. What lap times are the GP2 guys doing around here in race trim?

  4. Shimks said on 27th June 2011, 12:50

    Get rid of blue flags!

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th June 2011, 13:35

    Back to Earth with a bang it seems after Canada. At least they managed to stay in 107%.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 27th June 2011, 15:26

      Yep. All that confidence flushed down the toilet. Gotta hand it to HRT though, they made the most of every opportunity in Canada to finish in fron of the Virgins and Lotus cars. But in a straight forward race, they dont stand a chance. I do not think Karthikeyan can compete with the pace of GP2 cars.

  6. James said on 27th June 2011, 23:08

    They were lapped by every team. The fact they were lapped by Virgin must have hurt a bit. A team that they’ve shown to be better than through a fair portion of the season. If it was for the high sponsership he brings, Karthikeyan would not be in that car. He’s painfully slow. Liuzzi is probably getting about 90% out of the car, but I’m sure other drivers could get more out of it.

  7. James Williams said on 29th June 2011, 3:33

    Crap car, even crapper drivers. Hopeless Racing Team strikes again.

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