Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Hungaroring, 2011

HRT: Ricciardo shines during late rain shower

2011 Hungarian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo finished ahead of his team mate and a Virgin in his third Grand Prix, and showed good pace during the wet period late in the race.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 22 21
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’26.479 (+0.156) 1’26.323
Race position 18 20
Laps 66/70 65/70
Pit stops 3 5

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
Daniel Ricciardo 130.919 115.946 112.653 110.349 109.487 108.126 107.573 106.378 105.815 106.079 105.715 105.599 107.816 124.66 97.466 93.272 92.752 95.486 95.161 92.875 92.71 92.549 93.921 94.357 93.596 93.688 93.734 101.566 118.483 90.139 90.071 90.592 92.061 90.981 91.672 92.161 94.654 93.47 91.379 91.583 92.883 95.761 105.853 120.553 93.669 93.525 103.568 103.546 98.692 93.818 91.78 90.205 90.115 90.686 89.057 91.269 91.345 91.229 89.534 91.337 89.267 88.876 89.248 89.222 89.204 95.795
Vitantonio Liuzzi 144.729 115.128 112.901 110.744 109.069 108.302 107.723 107.198 106.807 106.907 105.98 108.22 127.302 99.055 95.92 96.032 92.804 93.061 93.132 97.988 93.327 93.726 93.077 93.042 95.92 112.246 91.507 94.245 93.383 91.624 92.265 95.04 92.044 91.862 94.142 93.892 94.541 118.47 91.255 92.834 91.592 91.264 91.272 96.991 95.182 93.59 106.76 106.578 119.689 100.849 105.207 112.713 89.208 93.304 89.63 90.067 91.052 91.413 90.551 90.922 91.293 91.192 89.846 90.937 90.971
Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Hungaroring, 2011
Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Hungaroring, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo

A tenth of a second off Liuzzi in qualifying, Ricciardo clearly had his sights set on beating his team mate: “When you see that the times are so close it is a little bit frustrating to not be one spot ahead,” he said.

Ricciardo’s lap times were on a par with Liuzzi’s during the race in the dry. Unlike his team mate, Ricciardo did not switch to intermediate tyres during the late shower.

At this point his laps were far quicker than Timo Glock’s, the closest driver to him on slick tyres, albeit ones that had done a stint’s service.

Perhaps more significantly for Ricciardo, his lap times also compared favourably with those of the two Toro Rosso drivers, both of whom stayed on slicks. Compare all their lap times here.

He brought the car home in front of Jerome d’Ambrosio, who’d been ahead of him until the rain started to fall.

Ricciardo declared himself “satisfied” with his performance, saying: “I feel we are progressing well; Silverstone to Nurburgring was a very big step and this time we have taken another good step.

“I want to be ahead of our main rivals and prove I can go the distance in the race. The most positive thing today was that we made the right decisions with pit stops, so we need to try and stay in this path.”

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi damaged his front wing in qualifying and hovered worryingly near to the 107% mark before putting in a lap good enough to beat his team mate and d’Ambrosio.

But his race went wrong at the start: “We got off to a good start until someone hit me from behind coming out of the chicane, causing me to spin. I lost a lot of time there and then the balance of the car wasn?t ideal.”

He also had more problems with the front wing: “We suffered again a problem with the front wing and the front tyres were suffering a lot as a result of this. We replaced the nose and the tyres but we still were suffering from massive understeer.”

Liuzzi had just got back in front of his team mate when the rain began to fall late in the race, and his switch to intermediate tyres and then back to slicks left him last.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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