Start, Monza, 2011

HRT: Token penalty for Liuzzi after crash

2011 Italian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitantonio Liuzzi wore a special helmet for his 75th Grand Prix but it only lasted a few hundred metres.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 23 24
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’28.054 (-0.177) 1’28.231
Race position
Laps 39/53 0/53
Pit stops 2 0

HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds, excluding Ricciardo’s first two slow laps):

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
Daniel Ricciardo 94.332 94.508 93.271 94.225 93.532 96.702 93.439 94.941 93.476 93.342 93.273 93.97 94.347 95.242 95.156 94.685 94.262 98.325 124.17 93.638 93.248 94.114 93.344 92.96 94.482 95.619 93.946 94.296 93.82 94.482 92.879 92.591 92.3 92.013 92.066 92.147 92.121
Vitantonio Liuzzi

Daniel Ricciardo

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 1004.718s
Pit stop 2 Medium 30.777s

Inflicted Liuzzi’s first defeat in qualifying this year but kept things in perspective: “It feels really nice not being on the back of the grid and finishing ahead of Tonio, which is a small target I had set myself, so I?m happy to have achieved that.

“But I don?t want to stop there, I want to do it constantly and progress in one way or another.”

However his race was ruined at the start: “For some reason the car went into anti-stall, jammed in third gear and then the engine switched off.”

The mechanics spent 18 minutes bleeding and refilling the water system before sending him back out again. By that time he had lost a dozen laps and would not have been classified in the final results even without a further delay as he was called back into the pits to investigate rising engine temperature.

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Start, Monza, 2011
Start, Monza, 2011
Start tyre Soft

Liuzzi wore a special helmet to mark his 75th race start. However he didn’t make it any further than the first corner.

In a moment that had parallels with his crash on the first lap in China last year, Liuzzi lost control of his car approaching the first turn and slammed into Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov, putting both out of the race.

He apologised for the crash afterwards, saying: “I had a good start getting past both Virgins, Lotuses and Daniel but then I went for another overtaking manoeuvre and got closed out.

“That put me into the grass and once I was there I tried to slow down but completely lost control of the car and unfortunately hit other cars. I am really sorry for Petrov, Rosberg and the other drivers who were forced to retire because of this.”

The stewards handed down a five-place penalty for the next race, which seems a rather hollow gesture given that Liuzzi rarely starts anywhere other than the back of the grid.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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