2011 Japanese GP team review
Liuzzi donned a special helmet for the Japanese Grand Prix but it brought him no luck.
|Daniel Ricciardo||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison||n/a||n/a|
HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 23.723s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 23.172s|
|Pit stop 3||Medium 22.91s|
Ricciardo had a race-long battle with the Virgin drivers and ended the race within two-and-a-half seconds of both of them.
He felt he might have done better without the safety car interruption, saying: “It came out at times that didn’t suit us.
“But I’m happy with the performance and, personally, I’m pleased with the way I drove and I don’t think I could have done much more. The car was good; with every run we made adjustments that improved it. I’m happy for the team because it was a strong race for us.”
|Pit stop 1||Medium 28.244s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 24.716s|
|Pit stop 3||Soft 22.631s|
It’s hard to imagine how Liuzzi’s weekend could have gone much worse than it did in Suzuka.
Liuzzi took his car back from Karthikeyan in FP2 and thereafter ran into a series of problem. It broke down in second and third practice, limiting him to a total of just 12 laps.
It got no better in qualifying, as yet more problems kept him from completing a flying lap. He was allowed to start despite not setting a time, but had completed just 14 tours of the circuit before the race began.
With next to no time to set his car up, Liuzzi struggled in the race: “We suffered massive degradation with the rear tyres, especially the rear left, and I wasn’t able to do many laps with any set of tyres.”
He spent every lap of the Grand Prix in last place. Despite catching up to his team mate behind the safety car he ended up a minute behind Ricciardo at the flag.
Drove Liuzzi’s car in first practice. He covered 25 laps, which was more than Liuzzi managed before the race began.
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