Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Melbourne, 2012

HRT fail to qualify in Melbourne

2012 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Melbourne, 2012HRT are likely to miss the Australian Grand Prix for a second year in a row.

Both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan failed to beat the 107% time in the first part of qualifying.

De la Rosa’s 1’33.495 was 1.2s off the target. Karthikeyan was 0.2s slower than his team mate.

They will only be allowed to start the race if the stewards grant them a dispensation. This is unlikely as they have not lapped within 107% of the quickest time in their limited practice running so far.

The F112 only turned a wheel for the first time in a filming day at the Circuit de Catalunya on the day after F1 testing finished.

Pedro de la Rosa did a single installation lap on Friday after the team were late completing their second car. The FIA postponed scrutineering of the car at HRT’s request.

Karthikeyan was able to run on Friday but his car broke down during both sessions.

The pair ran in Saturday morning practice, completing a total of 25 laps.

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