HRT: Ricciardo shows well in tenth F1 start

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team review

Daniel Ricciardo had a good run for HRT before his car failed close to the end of the race.

Daniel Ricciardo Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 20 22
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’44.641 (-0.518) 1’45.159
Race position 20
Laps 48/55 53/55
Pit stops 2 1

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
Daniel Ricciardo 126.507 114.175 112.534 111.684 111.195 111.443 111.293 112.411 111.091 114.232 111.458 111.277 111.326 111.29 111.378 111.231 111.023 112.995 131.145 109.976 111.253 110.284 109.215 109.179 110.065 109.044 109.741 109.965 109.095 109.009 108.713 108.543 108.599 108.328 108.274 108.673 109.185 109.242 109.265 109.262 111.119 133.603 110.718 110.341 111.897 109.601 109.273 113.317
Vitantonio Liuzzi 123.965 113.452 113.276 111.985 111.647 112.625 111.426 111.492 111.925 114.323 111.348 111.306 111.127 111.521 111.265 110.999 111.17 111.035 111.614 111.277 112.418 111.55 110.728 112.89 133.795 111.4 111.272 110.985 111.255 110.578 110.689 110.709 110.335 110.957 113.039 112.957 112.144 110.667 110.533 111.147 112.218 110.958 111.29 112.207 109.57 109.423 110.526 111.324 109.967 109.722 109.565 109.242 110.339

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.693s
Pit stop 2 Medium 23.192s

In his tenth F1 start Ricciardo started ahead of one of the Virgins and passed the other at the first corner. But he slipped back behind them and his team mate over the course of the first lap, admitting: “There were a few moves that I should have maybe committed to a bit stronger.”

He passed Jerome D’Ambrosio on lap four and briefly got ahead of his team mate as the two Saubers came past them, only to lose the place again.

But he got back ahead of Liuzzi through the pit stops and – despite having made one more stop than his team mate – was still running ahead of his team mate when he retired with a broken alternator on his 49th lap.

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Medium 21.247s

Liuzzi was plagued by a suspension problem on Saturday and qualified half a second behind his team mate.

He suffered a repeat of the problem in the race and brought the car home last, two laps down.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Browse all 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix articles

Advert | Go Ad-free

9 comments on HRT: Ricciardo shows well in tenth F1 start

  1. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th November 2011, 10:42

    Good second stint from Ricciardo, in which he was consistently around 1.5s faster than his teammate on mediums, allowing him to make the extra stop and come out ahead. He seems to have the upper hand on Liuzzi now, and I hope it’s enough to convince the people at Red Bull to give him a drive at STR next year.

  2. The STR boys seem to be closely matched now, so really hard for them to be replaced.
    Would be great for Ricciardo if Williams gave him a seat alongside Raikkonen!

  3. I liked the battle between Liuzzi and Ricciardo (although Liuzzi caused him and his team mate to be passed by both Saubers) ;)

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th November 2011, 21:26

    I wonder, with the money that Red Bull are putting into HRT, could we actually have some consistency with them next year? Ricciardo won’t be anywhere else next year and he could really do with the seat time.

  5. tasimana said on 18th November 2011, 8:58

    Its not such a bad idea. We all expect a new driver to become an overnight superstar but it takes time. He is young and talented.

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.