Hispania will be on the starting grid
Mission accomplished: Hispania will be on the starting grid
|Kuala Lumpur, 9th of April 2011
Sepang International Circuit
13.00-14.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3
16.00-17.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
Both Hispania Racing cars will be on the starting grid tomorrow in Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix. On a dry and hot track (track temperature surpassed 40ºC), Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi did a superb job. The pair overcame a few mechanical problems in the morning’s practice session in order to qualify for tomorrow’s race.
Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal: “We made the next step by qualifying into the race. This was our target: to qualify and to be able to do more laps. By doing more miles we are understanding the F111 better and our drivers are getting more and more out of it. Both drivers did a good job out there today, Tonio set a very good baseline. Now we have set a base from which to work from in the future.”
Narain Karthikeyan, driver #22: “We made it through qualifying which was our aim for today. The car is virtually brand new so it’s good to get some more mileage done, the more time we can get out on the track the better. I flat spotted my second set of tyres on turn one so it was hard to set a good time with them after that but everybody worked extremely hard and we’re delighted to be in the race”.
Vitantonio Liuzzi, driver #23: “It’s great for everyone that we were well under 107%. We proved that in Australia the problem wasn’t a matter of pace but a matter of time out on the track, we had half a day of testing compared to the three months other teams did. You can’t just gain mileage out of nothing. Now we have to work hard in the following months, in the next races to try and close the gap”.
|credit : Hispania Racing Team|