HRT: No dream debut for Ricciardo

2011 British GP team review

Daniel Ricciardo started and finished his first race in last place.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 24 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’38.059 (+0.575) 1’37.484
Race position 19 18
Laps 49/52 50/52
Pit stops 2 2

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
Daniel Ricciardo 133.431 119.855 119.529 118.696 119.303 119.128 119.363 119.29 118.093 118.469 117.99 113.028 136.715 118.527 108.743 110.918 109.399 117.36 106.59 104.584 108.139 104.157 103.643 103.535 105.261 103.668 103.125 101.487 123.688 100.91 101.316 102.418 101.455 103.991 101.78 103.051 101.889 106.692 104.063 103.54 102.049 104.301 102.514 103.863 108.339 106.718 106.006 106.247 106.61
Vitantonio Liuzzi 131.41 119.186 119.494 119.019 119.128 118.22 117.816 118.156 117.782 117.575 114.12 137.424 109.779 107.537 107.034 107.976 107.063 106.729 107.824 104.167 105.265 106.233 103.498 102.866 104.309 106.693 103.112 102.33 103.572 103.295 99.117 120.897 101.78 100.838 100.74 102.322 101.149 104.476 102.86 100.524 103.433 101.134 100.647 102.04 100.835 100.612 100.755 100.941 101.87 107.559
Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Silverstone, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Silverstone, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo played down any disappointment at qualifying last on his F1 debut: “My first qualifying session was alright but it was a bit frustrating with the weather, we couldn?t do two runs so we were just limited to one but it was OK.

“I would like to be a little bit closer to the rest of the field but I can?t try to expect too much for now, it?s a big learning curve.

“I?m half a second off Tonio which isn?t much but for a racing car driver it is quite a lot, I want more but I shouldn?t really expect too much at this stage, if I can keep closing the gap then it?s OK.

“The F111 is actually quite good, with the option tyres the level of grip has surprised me, that?s one part that will come from experience; knowing how far I can push it. In high speed corners I can still race at my speed.”

Ricciardo finished the race 88 seconds behind his team mate – similar to the 95 seconds in arrears Narain Karthikeyan was at the last round.

“I was quite a bit off the other competitors but I think that, as I learn, I will get a bit closer,” he said.

“I also need to try and manage the blue flags a bit better, it?s not easy. At the end, looking at it now, I?m quite pleased with the result.”

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi started alongside his team mate on the last row and managed to get ahead of Jarno Trulli for one lap.

He caught Jerome d’Ambrosio in the final laps but wasn’t able to pass the Virgin before the finish.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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56 comments on HRT: No dream debut for Ricciardo

  1. deb utant said on 11th July 2011, 17:32

    A dream debut for Webber, yes; a dream debut for Salo/Toyota, yes; a dream debut for Räikkönen, yes; a dream debut for JJ Lehto/Sauber, yes… Ricciardo made it as a good driver should. It was not there to score points with this car.

  2. Logan said on 12th July 2011, 0:34

    They hype surrounding Ricciardo was ridiculous. Everyone expected him be fighting for points for some reason like the drivers in the back are horrible and are only back there because they can’t drive. They forget that he was only fast because he was driving the RB6 at the post season testing last year. Anyone would have been fast with that car. Put Vettel or Alonso in an HRT and they’re going to be in back as well.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th July 2011, 8:15

      They hype surrounding Ricciardo was ridiculous. Everyone expected him be fighting for points for some reason

      No they weren’t.

      As usual, it’s not the hype that’s the problem, it’s the over-reaction to the perception of hype.

  3. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 12th July 2011, 3:20

    Ricciardo need to finish the race & collect more data that will help him.

  4. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 12th July 2011, 8:33

    All he needed to do was keep it on the track, make no silly mistakes and bring the car home. That is exactly what he did

  5. rdpunk (@) said on 12th July 2011, 12:58

    Say what you like but I want to say well done to him. He didn’t crash it, there wasn’t any huge moments, he didn’t slow anyone up lapping them. He had a slow, but unspectacular drive on a track which is difficult to get a set up on. You can’t say he’s a slow driver, even Liuzzi struggles to get it going fast. Let him mature, get the F1 basics right, then say whether or not he’s slow.

  6. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 12th July 2011, 15:52

    I think he did well considering he barely got to know the car well enough on a mostly wet track which was hard for the drivers and teams to set up. He got out of the way when he had to and in practice he was managing lap times up there with Liuzzi. Mind you, Liuzzi has been driving that car all year unlike Daniel. I say give him time, the speed will come with confidence.

  7. Marco said on 12th July 2011, 19:59

    Yes, there is, and a lot… He was seen as a future champion even without completing a single lap in Formula One race! And all because Red Bull said something and Ricciardo set a fastest time in a non important test on a good rubbered track and in a “Red Bull rocket”… Time will tell, if he is really that good… He has to prove the claims…

  8. HRT Fan said on 13th July 2011, 1:01

    There’s alot of talk about Ricciardo and how good he is/will be.

    But just a thought maybe Liuzzi is better than most people give him credit for. He is after all a Red Bull reject so to blow away one of Red Bulls hotshoe youngsters must give him some satisfaction.

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