Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

HRT: Ricciardo leads the stragglers before retiring

2011 Belgian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo led the Lotuses and Virgins before his car failed.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 23 22
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 2’13.077 (+1.461) 2’11.616
Race position 19
Laps 13/44 43/44
Pit stops 1 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
Daniel Ricciardo 131.288 121.705 120.924 120.345 120.393 120.76 119.989 120.273 120.134 119.831 119.86 119.996 144.101
Vitantonio Liuzzi 132.876 121.723 121.137 120.461 121.02 120.259 120.42 122.013 121.283 120.967 124.329 131.671 144.521 139.673 132.58 166.213 119.919 118.61 118.716 118.88 118.961 119.077 119.419 119.872 120.091 119.433 123.359 143.287 118.916 121.47 120.044 119.801 118.968 118.709 121.891 118.9 118.456 119.975 119.681 120.413 118.13 118.061 119.12
Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo

Short on downforce, the HRT drivers struggled in the middle sector by Colin Kolles’s own admission. This was particularly true of Ricciardo in qualifying.

Ricciardo dodged the mess at the first corner and moved up to 17th, in front of his team and Jarno Trulli. He was just starting to come under pressure from Trulli when the safety car came out.

“I can?t be fully satisfied because it has been a short race for me,” he said, “but at least the time I was out there was really positive.”

Another slow HRT pit stop cost him the place, but it didn’t matter as his car coasted to a halt at Rivage on his out lap.

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi ran in front of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Trulli at the start before being passed by both of them, slipping back to last place.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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