HRT: Ricciardo makes progress in second race

2011 German GP team review

The HRT trucks arrived with subtle changes in the team’s logo visible: ‘Hispania Racing’ swapped for ‘HRT’.

Both drivers put up a fight against the Virgin cars but a technical failure robbed Vitantonio Liuzzi of a finish.

Daniel Ricciardo showed improved pace at the Nurburgring, leading Jerome D’Ambrosio for a chunk of the race.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 22 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’37.036 (+0.025) 1’37.011
Race position 19
Laps 57/60 37/60
Pit stops 2 1

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
Daniel Ricciardo 115.155 105.821 103.016 102.824 102.573 102.534 102.344 102.603 103.192 102.931 102.728 102.652 102.059 102.361 102.152 102.494 102.144 102.227 102.341 102.734 104.896 120.724 101.453 104.247 101.153 102.683 102.637 101.236 100.998 100.625 103.635 100.892 103.443 101.605 102.454 102.469 101.064 100.805 103.051 102.586 104.837 102.452 101.202 109.908 102.79 104.3 102.54 102.038 105.766 128.902 101.621 102.164 103.233 102.902 102.836 100.663 100.489
Vitantonio Liuzzi 114.147 103.969 103.021 103.502 102.415 102.361 102.084 102.145 102.738 102.656 102.763 102.338 102.884 102.588 102.269 102.405 103.348 102.427 102.412 104.434 121.014 100.85 100.902 100.755 100.718 102.089 101.004 100.683 101.653 102.265 100.739 100.806 100.991 101.051 102.7 101.395 108.559
Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Nurburgring, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Nurburgring, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo showed encouraging signs of progress in qualifying, lapping just 0.025s slower than his team mate.

His race pace also looked stronger than it did at Silverstone – when Liuzzi retired Ricciardo was 16 seconds behind (he was 88 seconds behind at the flag at Silverstone).

Though unseen by the cameras, Ricciardo overtook Jerome d’Ambrosio on lap 12 as the pair were passed by Sergio Perez.

Despite his best lap being seven-tenths of a second slower than D’Ambrosio’s, Ricciardo kept the Virgin behind through their first pit stops until lap 40, when D’Ambrosio claimed the place back.

Ricciardo finished 19th, ahead of Karun Chandhok, but said afterwards he aimed to do better: “If I can make the same step from Silverstone for Hungary then it?s going to look more promising.”

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi was given a penalty for a gearbox change after qualifying.

He started the race well and was only a couple of seconds behind Timo Glock when his car failed: “A few laps into the race we started to suffer some problems with the brake balance and we lost quite a bit of pace.

“After the pit stop, with the tyre change, we recovered our strong pace until an unfortunate electronic issue forced us to retire.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

Narain Karthikeyan

Drove Liuzzi’s car in first practice.

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16 comments on HRT: Ricciardo makes progress in second race

  1. Marco said on 25th July 2011, 9:03

    Not to forget Liuzzi was over 2 tenths slower in qualifying compared to 3rd free practice, which is not mentioned here… So he didn t extract the maximum out of the car, probably because the gearbox change, which demoted him 5 places down the grid… I think it will be more difficult for Ricciardo at Hungaroring, as it is a different track, demanding, and it will really test his physical condition and the tyre managing abilities… I expect the temperatures will be at least 25 degrees (air) and over 30 degrees (asphalt), so a real difference compared to Nurbrugring…

  2. Lord Ha Ha said on 25th July 2011, 10:13

    Daniel did fine, good progress. The other drivers rate Liuzzi so its as tough test.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th July 2011, 10:21

    I think HRT are starting to look like a race team. Having HRT on the sidepods, makes me hope they found the “You” being searched for before :-)

    Liuzzi is driving solidly, and Ricciardo is showing the appropriate good promise you would want in a rookie.

  4. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 25th July 2011, 11:07

    Good progress, I reckon he should get a shot at Trulli’s seat

  5. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 25th July 2011, 12:02

    Well done Daniel

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 25th July 2011, 17:38

    Keith, the picture is of Tonio not Daniel ;)

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 26th July 2011, 2:06

    Ricciardo kept all the promise that he need to keep.

  8. FormulaVee#7 (@john-cousins) said on 26th July 2011, 8:36

    Well done Daniel! All he needs is time in the seat and he’ll get quicker and quicker. I wonder how the HRT compares to his Renault World Series car?

  9. daykind said on 26th July 2011, 16:31

    Much better from Ricciardo. If he keeps improving, thern surely a race seat permanently beckons for 2012.

  10. bosyber said on 26th July 2011, 19:21

    Good work for this team. Still something to go on reliability, but the pace is getting there and both drivers are doing a solid job. Nice to see them growing into a real bona-fide team.

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th July 2011, 22:18

    Another solid effort from Ricciardo. Consistency and just to be able to finish respectfully behind your team mate is under-rated.

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