Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Suzuka, 2011

HRT: Luckless weekend for Liuzzi

2011 Japanese GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Liuzzi donned a special helmet for the Japanese Grand Prix but it brought him no luck.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 22 24
Qualifying time comparison n/a n/a
Race position 22 23
Laps 51/53 50/53
Pit stops 3 3

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
Daniel Ricciardo 114.988 106.036 105.146 105.077 104.99 104.679 104.98 105.211 105.299 105.994 108.72 125.084 104.381 104.031 103.862 103.966 103.983 104.024 105.236 106.055 106.167 108.504 138.586 127.878 132.043 151.764 111.37 104.392 104.324 103.236 103.165 103.043 103.243 103.148 103.466 104.852 104.548 106.006 121.44 101.854 103.437 103.685 102.921 102.336 104.607 102.072 102.917 101.754 101.437 103.478 101.473
Vitantonio Liuzzi 115.499 106.241 105.722 105.175 105.42 114.278 107.367 111.23 131.06 105.865 105.689 106.295 106.769 110.891 105.853 107.198 109.573 107.487 107.732 109.112 107.229 107.619 127.081 144.925 106.159 126.244 104.949 104.538 104.459 103.804 104.261 104.712 104.774 105.093 108.596 122.693 102.409 102.949 103.012 105.582 105.582 106.945 104.76 104.332 109.858 105.405 106.97 108.146 109.866 111.81

Daniel Ricciardo

Start tyre Soft
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.”

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Suzuka, 2011
Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Suzuka, 2011
Start tyre Soft
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.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

Narain Karthikeyan

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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