HRT: Ricciardo shines during late rain shower

2011 Hungarian GP team review

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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23 comments on HRT: Ricciardo shines during late rain shower

  1. SVettel (@) said on 1st August 2011, 10:06

    I think that the big stars who will be contending for wins and championships in the future will be vettel, Ricciardo, and Di Resta. Those 3 drivers are for me performing at a much higher level than their team-mates at the moment, who themselves are incredibly fast

    • unocv12 said on 1st August 2011, 10:44

      Not Hamilton nor Alonso nor anyone else whos yet to come into F1?

      Before 07 in was Alonso and Raikkonen, then from 07-09 it was ‘Alonso and Hamilton are the future’ then 09-11 ‘Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel are the future’ etc…

      I wouldnt’ be suprised if some mentioned there (like vettel) don’t turn out brilliant while others come through and take over.

      Vergne – new rookie
      Ricciardo – already beating L
      Di Resta – some bad some good
      Kobayashi – was fast and banzai in 2009 now calm and fast.
      Perez – ???
      Petrov – great improvement from Season 1 to 2, could it be again for 3?
      Van der Garde
      Bianchi
      Guiterez (spelling)
      Pic
      Wickens – FR3.5 in first attempt possibly
      Grosjean

      All could or could not be F1 WDC contenders in the future.

      But 5 years ago everyone would have called you mad if you said the WDC was going to be between Hamilton (who?), Vettel (who?), Webber (the guy with bad luck in a Williams), Button (guy who had a year of good at the start and is langwishing in 300th each GP in a honda) and Alonso (in a Ferrari.. abahahaha) while Raikkonen is in NASCAR and WRC and Schumacher who loves Ferrari is in a Mercedes? and unretired! ***!

      Point is, don’t judge the future from the past

      • Fernando Cruz said on 1st August 2011, 14:03

        Add Senna and Hulkenberg to that list.

        Senna only needs the right chance to shine as he was almost as quick as Button the first time he was behind the wheel of a f1 car and as fast as Heidfeld in Jerez with the same rubber.

        Also, don’ t forget Kubica can recover and still be the driver he was before his accident.

      • Shimks said on 3rd August 2011, 12:51

        Esteban Manuel Gutiérrez Gutiérrez

    • Douglas 62500 said on 1st August 2011, 10:52

      How about Kobayashi ?? Or perhaps, assume that the immense speed hasn’t been lost, Kubica ?

    • I wouldn’t say Ricciardo and Di Resta are performing at a much higher level than their team-mates. Liuzzi is still probably the man at HRT. Di Resta has shown pace, but not the best racecraft, and he is behind Sutil in the championship.

    • JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 1st August 2011, 23:14

      I’m not a Hamilton fanatic, but why not Hamilton? He’s only a year younger than Hamilton…

    • JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 1st August 2011, 23:15

      I’m not a Hamilton fanatic, but why not Hamilton as well? Di Resta is only a year younger…

  2. Marco said on 1st August 2011, 12:14

    An “air weekend” for Tonio… Parts of his car were flying on Friday, Saturday and also Sunday… Made in HRT…

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st August 2011, 13:25

    A good race for Ricciardo. It’s good that he can still see places to improve, if only for himself personally. Clear he’s not just happy enough to be in any F1 car…

  4. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 1st August 2011, 13:50

    Perhaps more significantly for Ricciardo, his lap times also compared favourably with those of the two Toro Rosso drivers

    Wow I didn’t know about that. Alguersuari and Buemi will be hoping Helmut Marko doesn’t know about it either!

  5. dpod (@dpod) said on 1st August 2011, 14:38

    I think its a bit early to say how good he is. With conditions such as yesterday it is challenging to compare drivers because of the wide variety of tactic. Liuzzi may still be the man to beat in HRT in more stable conditions but nothing is certain just yet.

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 1st August 2011, 17:23

    I always say Liuzzi was part of Red Bull and sponsored by them (like Vettel and Webber, I say), but then I remember also Buemi and Alguersuari are sponsored by Red Bull. Anyway, Ricciardo is very close to him already and is going to beat him some time, sadly.

  7. HRT Fan said on 2nd August 2011, 0:12

    There’a alot of good young drivers coming through that could be battling in future for F1 wins and championships not just Vettel, Di Resta and Ricciardo and most of them are younger than Vettel and Di Resta

    Vergne
    Kobayashi
    Perez
    Grosjean
    Van der Garde
    Bianchi
    Guiterez
    Wickens
    Bortolotti

    All have the potential to be future F1 stars.

    • Macca25 said on 2nd August 2011, 5:35

      I would say keep an eye on Mitch Evans, a young Kiwi that Webber has taken under his wing.

      He has all the signs of becoming a star of the future.

      And I will be showing everyone this page in 10 years when he is driving an F1 car. :)

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