HRT: Pit stop problems delay Ricciardo

2011 Indian GP team review

Daniel Ricciardo had to make an extra pit stop after a wheel hub problem.

Narain Karthikeyan Daniel Ricciardo
Qualifying position 24 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’30.238 (+0.022) 1’30.216
Race position 17 18
Laps 57/60 57/60
Pit stops 2 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 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
Narain Karthikeyan 107.62 100.101 97.462 96.529 96.199 95.684 96.248 95.542 95.781 97.091 95.208 94.979 95.055 95.092 94.725 94.916 94.771 94.886 94.388 95.538 94.9 99.041 116.059 94.049 95.927 95.043 94.837 93.859 93.747 93.12 93.962 93.141 94.542 92.923 92.552 93.01 92.791 93.439 93.406 93.175 93.894 92.292 92.107 91.988 96.245 92.912 94.873 97.471 94.492 96.345 115.732 93.434 95.276 92.822 94.465 92.886 93.495
Daniel Ricciardo 107.867 98.942 96.79 95.859 95.523 95.358 95.29 95.134 95.163 94.891 94.624 94.661 94.578 96.618 94.872 94.861 94.537 94.325 94.313 94.079 94.155 94.045 93.555 93.736 96.847 116.043 94.015 93.781 99.014 97.435 96.567 97.714 136.312 93.042 94.664 92.772 93.489 93.498 92.5 95.331 94.062 92.06 92.018 91.955 91.765 91.797 93.047 91.818 91.674 94.607 91.966 93.19 92.563 93.334 94.297 94.838 122.112

Narain Karthikeyan

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 24.046s
Pit stop 2 Hard 23.605s

The only Indian driver on the grid. He made a one-off return to the car at the expense of Vitantonio Liuzzi. But he took his old car number back, meaning Ricciardo drove number 23.

Karthikeyan moved ahead of his team mate at the start but hit the rear of Jarno Trulli at turn three, damaging his front wing.

He was passed by his team mate on lap two but ended the race ahead of him in 17th, half a second behind Jerome d’Ambrosio.

Karthikeyan said: “It?s an awesome feeling to have completed the first ever Indian Grand Prix and to have been competitive with our main rivals which proved a lot of points.”

Narain Karthikeyan 2011 form guide

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Buddh International Circuit

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Buddh International Circuit

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 25.074s
Pit stop 2 Soft 42.529s
Pit stop 3 Hard 28.474s

Riccairdo pipped Karthikeyan by two-hundredths of a second in qualifying. He lost out to his one-off team mate at the start but re-passed him on the second lap.

He ran until lap 25 on his first set of soft tyres but a problem with the right-rear wheel hub at his first pit stop forced him to make a second visit just seven laps later. As well as the extra pit stop he was stationary for a further 20 seconds.

After a final pit stop for his mandatory change to hard tyres he finished half a minute behind his team mate: “It?s a shame because we had to do an extra pit stop and lost quite a bit of time with that,” he said.

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

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41 comments on HRT: Pit stop problems delay Ricciardo

  1. tasimana said on 31st October 2011, 19:06

    The HRT is the worst car on the grid and Daniel or Tonio or anyone else aren’t going to be world beasters in it. Toro Rosso the nexr step to see him progress.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st October 2011, 21:24

    I thought Karthikeyan’s result might be a little too good to be true. That said, it looks good on paper and to be out of the car for so long and fair up slightly better than previous attempts is still alright.

  3. Doance (@doance) said on 1st November 2011, 3:01

    Remember how bad HRT were in Australia? They only had their car ready a week before. Then they couldn’t run it on Friday. So they only had a few laps in P3 before qualifying, where they were obviously going to fail badly.

    They’re doing better now I guess.

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 1st November 2011, 3:11

    Karthikeyan should be proud & happy of what he has achieved in this race.

  5. charan said on 1st November 2011, 5:42

    here is a good comparision
    DR-92.95
    NK-92.99

    almost as fast as RD.

  6. LawFish (@lawfish) said on 1st November 2011, 14:53

    Take a look at the lap time consistency for both HRT drivers, especially toward the end of the race.

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