HRT Preview Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011

November 4, 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview

11th-13th November

Yas Marina Circuit, 55 laps, 5.554km

Madrid, 4th of November 2011

“The 2011 Formula 1 World Championship visits Asia for the last time as Abu Dhabi hosts the penultimate Grand Prix of the season. It is the only day-night race on the calendar with proceedings getting underway at 17:00 local time as the sun sets.

“The Yas Marina circuit is a futuristic complex designed by Hermann Tilke, which combines tight corners with high-speed straights meaning that braking and traction will be key factors. The track is one of the few ones in the Championship to run anti-clockwise and provides a unique setting beside the sea with the impressive harbour and the five star Yas Marina Hotel located within the circuit itself.

“After stepping aside for Narain Karthikeyan in India, Vitantonio Liuzzi will return to the cockpit of the F111 #23 car for this Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo lining up alongside him.

“Pirelli has nominated its PZero medium (prime) and soft (option) tyres for the United Arab Emirates event.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi: “After lending my car to Narain for the Indian Grand Prix, I’m really looking forward to getting back into the action in Abu Dhabi. I’m positive coming into it because in India the car appeared to suit the track well and our pace was good in comparison to our rivals.

“Abu Dhabi is a special track because there is a lot of stop and go so we need to work on braking and traction. There are not many high speed corners and, overall, it is quite a tricky track because you have to work a lot over the kerbs. It is a circuit that I like and one where I have performed well in the past. We will face another tough weekend in Abu Dhabi but I am sure that we will put up a good fight”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “I’ve never raced in Abu Dhabi but have driven there last year in the young driver test with Red Bull so I’ll be expecting it to be quite a bit different this time round, especially with the Pirelli tyres. India would have been another successful race had it not been for the problem we encountered so I’m hoping to experience a good weekend again in Abu Dhabi.

“I enjoyed driving on this circuit last year and I’m definitely looking forward to racing there this year where I’ll be looking for a good result. There are only two races left in the season son I’m going to give it everything to achieve the best result possible”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “We had quite an encouraging weekend in India, showing a much better pace than our direct rivals, and we are looking forward to Abu Dhabi to round it off. However, we have to keep our feet on the ground, focus on ourselves and do our job properly. If we do, I am sure we can hope for a good result at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“The event was fantastic last year, a really impressive facility with great atmosphere. For the first time, Daniel will drive at a racetrack that he has already been before with a Formula 1 as he was one of the young drivers participating in the post-race test. He actually had an impressive performance and, although this time will be a different situation, I am confident that this can allow him to kick the weekend off from a better position.

“Tonio will be back in the car this weekend and he is highly motivated. I am sure that we will see an interesting Grand Prix. The team’s performance has improved throughout the season and the last races have been particularly positive for us. We certainly are in a much better position than we were eight months ago and I hope that we will continue this way until the end”.

HRT Extends Technical Partnership with Williams

November 3, 2011

HRT renews and extends its technical collaboration with Williams F1

Madrid, 3rd of November 2011

“HRT Formula One Team is pleased to announce that its existing deal with Williams F1 for the supply of its gearboxes has been renewed until the end of the 2012 season, with a view to a further extension after that. The new deal also provides for a greater technical collaboration that will contribute to improving the performance level of HRT F1 Team.

“Besides providing the latest technology in gearboxes, Williams F1 will also supply the team with KERS and its related technology for the first time in the Spanish team’s history.

“The collaboration with Williams F1 highlights the team’s commitment to stability and development for next season’s car, the F112, which the team has been working on over the past few months from its technical office in Munich. The team’s design centre houses over 60 people, both in DO and aerodynamics’ departments, working under the supervision of Jacky Eeckelaert and aerodynamicist, Stephane Chosse. A team which will continue to grow in the forthcoming weeks.

“The deal with Williams F1 strictly follows the terms agreed in the Concorde Agreement and both teams will compete independently in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship.”

Colin Kolles, HRT Team Principal: “In these past two years we have established a fruitful collaboration with Williams F1 and are pleased to continue having them play an important role in the development of our team. Apart from the experience we have accumulated in these years together, they will not only provide us with the latest technology in gearboxes but we will also reap the benefits of having KERS for next year, this being an important step for our team.

“We have grown as a team with Williams F1’s support and we are pleased to continue counting on them in the future, given their trajectory, prestige and renowned experience in Formula 1. This agreement strengthens the development of the 2012 car that is currently taking place at our technical office in Munich. At HRT we are working on thoroughly improving the performance of our cars and our target is still to finish in the top ten in 2012. This deal brings us one step closer to that objective”.

Alex Burns, Williams F1 CEO: “I am delighted that we are extending our agreement with HRT, in both its scope and duration. We have enjoyed a good working relationship with HRT in 2011 and look forward to continuing this in 2012 and beyond. The fact that they have selected Williams F1’s gearbox and KERS technology for their car is a credit to all of the Williams F1 people involved in our cost-effective engineering and manufacturing in these areas.”

HRT Qualifying Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 29, 2011

FP3 & Qualifying at the Indian Grand Prix

Buddh International Circuit, India

29th of October, 2011

Maximum temperature: Air 31ºc, Track 38ºC – Sunny

11.00-12.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3

Narain Karthikeyan   F111-002  #22   22nd (25 laps)   1:30.900

Daniel Ricciardo        F111-003  #23   24th   (16 laps)   1:33.246

14.00-15.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION

Narain Karthikeyan    F111-002 #22   22nd   (11 laps)   1:30.238

Daniel Ricciardo         F111-003 #23   21st     (11 laps) 1:30.216

“Today has been a positive second day at the Indian Grand Prix for HRT F1 Team who finished qualifying with its drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Narain Karthikeyan, in 21st and 22nd place respectively. In the morning, practice session three started well for local idol Narain Karthikeyan and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, with both of them finishing the session satisfied with the car’s set-up on the 5.125km track. However, a problem with the gearbox on Ricciardo’s car meant that the mechanics had to work relentlessly in the garage to get the Aussie’s car ready for qualifying.

“Both drivers completed a perfect qualifying session and clocked almost identical times, a satisfying battle which ended up being won by the Australian driver by 21 tenths and with both Virgin cars behind. Ricciardo and Karthikeyan received a 5 place penalty each, the first one because of the change to the gearbox and the second for impeding Schumacher in qualifying.”

Narain Karthikeyan: “We got the potential out of the car and beat both of the Virgins and I am proud of it. I was up on my teammate but made a small mistake. Nevertheless, I’m very happy with the way I drove and the position I achieved. I think this was the maximum that we could get and the team did a fantastic job to get us ahead of Virgin. It’s a fantastic sensation racing in front of my home crowd and for tomorrow I am aiming to finish in the best position possible”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “The position I achieved today was quite good, it’s one of our best finishes in qualifying this year ahead of our rivals. I was a fair way ahead of D’Ambrosio which is nice. In FP3 we had some issues and couldn’t do any preparations for qualifying, so we have to be very happy with the result. There are still a few things that we need to be on top of but we are always looking better for the race, I didn’t think qualifying would be our strong point so I’m looking forward to tomorrow where I hope to end up ahead of the cars I beat in qualifying today”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “The track conditions were supposed to be better today and the third practice session started quite well. Narain and Daniel were doing an excellent job with the hard tyres and working on the cars’ set up for the race. The feeling was good and the improvements that we were hoping for today’s practice session were made. Narain also did well on the soft tyres but, unfortunately, Daniel had a gearbox problem at the late stages of the session that made us replace it for qualifying. Things worked perfectly in the garage and we managed to have everything ready just in time for an almost perfect qualifying session. Both drivers improved their times lap by lap. We could have gone quicker by putting the sectors together but beating both Virgins is satisfactory. It is a shame that both Narain and Daniel will have to start from the back of the grid after the 5 position penalty but I am confident that the two of them can have a good race tomorrow”.

HRT to Commemorate Wheldon and Simoncelli

October 27, 2011

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HRT pays respects to Wheldon and Simoncelli

India, 27th of October 2011

“Both HRT F111 cars will have the image of a black ribbon painted on the livery during the Indian Grand Prix. This gesture is to commemorate the lives of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli who passed away in motorsport accidents.

“Dan Wheldon was an extremely talented English Indy Car driver who had won the prestigious Indy 500 on two occasions and the Indy Car Championship in 2005. He was involved in a fatal collision at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the 16th of October, 2011 and sadly passed away at the age of 33.

“And just a few days later the motorsports community lost Marco Simoncelli, an exciting young MotoGP racer. The Italian rider was one of the most charismatic figures off the track and his aggressive style on the track made him one of the most thrilling riders to watch in MotoGP with many tipping the Italian rider to become World Champion sooner or later having already banked a 250cc World Championship in 2006. After an unlucky accident during the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Simoncelli died at the age of 24.

“HRT F1 Team would like to pay its respects to the friends and families of both drivers, their teams and the motorsport community as a whole by wearing this black ribbon in their honour on both cars.”

HRT Preview Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 22, 2011

Indian Grand Prix Preview

28th-30th October

Buddh International Circuit, 60 laps, 5.137km

Madrid, 22nd of October 2011

“The Indian Grand Prix will be a step into the unknown for all the teams as the Formula 1 World Championship visits the Asian country for the first time ever. The 17th race of the season will be a special occasion for HRT F1 Team’s Narain Karthikeyan who will be racing in front of his home fans. The first ever Indian F1 driver will have the honour of taking part in his country’s inaugural Grand Prix and will enjoy every second of this huge occasion for his home nation. Daniel Ricciardo will pair with the 34-year-old Indian driver for this single event.

“The Buddh International Circuit is a fast track with a width of up to 20 metres in certain areas which should mean that overtaking opportunities won’t be scarce. The circuit is up and down with 8% downhill slopes and 10% inclines adding to the challenge of the track. There are three high speed straights and a number of slow speed turns meaning that getting the set-up right won’t be an easy task.  For this race Pirelli has nominated their PZero hard (prime) and soft (option) tyres.”

Narain Karthikeyan: “Driving in front of the home crowd cheering on is going to be a surreal experience. A once in a lifetime experience and I feel extremely fortunate. There is a huge buzz around the Grand Prix already and I’m sure that it’ll be a resounding success that will motivate more youngsters towards the sport and give us the future F1 drivers. Making it into F1 at the time I did was a seriously uphill task and the thought of being able to compete in the inaugural Indian GP was non-existent. But it is finally here and I’ll be on the grid. It is going to be one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar. There are points at which, if you’re in an F1 car, you will see nothing but the sky. The layout itself is going to put tremendous energy through the tyres and the strategy will play a key role in the final result. For sure I’ll race hard and try to get a good result for myself and the team. I would like to ex press my gratitude towards Tata Group and the rest of sponsors for their continued support and belief throughout my career”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “I haven’t seen the circuit yet but I’ve tried it out on Red Bull’s simulator. I’ve heard it looks quite good from Mark and Sebastian and if they say that then usually their judgment is pretty good. It’s always nice to go to a new place and circuit. I think every driver is excited to see what it is like. I like Indian food but it’s a little bit heavy, perhaps not the best for the diet, I will be quite careful leading up to the weekend but maybe on Sunday night I will enjoy a good curry. I did a show run in India a couple of weeks ago and there were loads of people, I’ve heard it’s already sold out so there should be quite a good turnout for the race. We had a good performance in Korea and I hope we can keep on improving in India”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “Finally the time has come and we are heading to India for the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in its history. Going to new countries and race tracks gives all teams and sponsors a new platform and opens new opportunities that can be highly beneficial to the sport. Despite not being the most popular sport in India, the excitement around the Grand Prix and the effort that everybody is doing, makes us think that it will be an extremely popular event. And for HRT, it is even more special. Having Narain Karthikeyan, the first Indian driver in F1 history, and Tata with us makes it feel like a home race. Narain is a talented driver and we are proud to be going down this path with him. For this single event, Narain will be driving alongside Daniel Ricciardo. I have asked Tonio Liuzzi to step aside  for the Indian GP in order to allow driving programs with Ricciardo and Karthikeyan to be completed. I have to thank Tonio for his professional approach and attitude. After the positive performance the team had in Korea, I hope that we will keep on that line in India. Although Narain has already driven around the track and given us a positive feedback, we really don’t know what to expect but we are looking forward to it”.

HRT Preview Japanese Grand Prix 2011

September 30, 2011

Japanese Grand Prix Preview

7th-9th October

Suzuka, 53 laps, 5.807km

Madrid, 30th of September, 2011

“After passing through Singapore, the Formula 1 World Championship stays in Asia for the Japanese Grand Prix. The 15th race of the season is also the second in a five race stint in the Asian continent. Suzuka is a unique race track as it crosses over itself in the shape of an eight meaning that it is the only circuit in the championship to run both clockwise and anti-clockwise during a lap.

“It is a quick and technical track where downforce and tyre conservation are important elements. One of the standout features at Suzuka is the 130R, a 130 metre radius turn taken at speeds of over 300 km/h.

“Pirelli have chosen the P Zero White medium and the P Zero Yellow soft tyres for the Japanese Grand Prix.

“Narain Karthikeyan will be driving one of the F111’s on Friday during the first Free Practice session of the Grand Prix alongside Daniel Ricciardo. The Indian driver will contribute to the HRT F1 Team at Suzuka, like he did in Singapore, and continue with his preparation ahead of the Indian race. Vitantonio Liuzzi will be back in the #23 car from FP2 onwards.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi: “We’re reaching the final straight of the championship with the next event in Japan. Suzuka is one of my favourite circuits and definitely one of the nicest tracks. It is a really fast and technical circuit where set up and aerodynamics are key to having a good result. It won’t be an easy place for us but we will put up a fight until the end. We are really motivated to keep on pushing until the end of the season.

“Weather conditions are uncertain, which could be interesting since experiencing difficult weather conditions in Japan may give us a better chance of achieving a good result. For this Grand Prix I’ve wanted to pay my respects to the victims of the earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year by wearing a special edition helmet named Embracing Japan designed by Kaos Design, the helmet will later be put up for auction with the benefits going towards charity”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “I’m looking forward to driving at Suzuka for the first time. I’ve heard from many of the drivers that it is a beautiful circuit with a lot of history. I spent some time in the simulator and the first sector looks like a lot of fun with the ‘S’ curves followed by an uphill which, apparently, is a lot steeper than what you can appreciate on television. It seems like a real driver’s circuit which is always nice, a place where you can try and get the most out of the car.

“I’m really excited because reality is always better. The weekend in Singapore was positive, the progression has been good in every race and I hope that this trend will continue in Japan”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “After the earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year, it is important that Formula One goes back there and we all show our support and commitment to the country and the Grand Prix. Singapore was a tough race but we had a positive weekend overall closing the gap to our rivals and having both cars finish the race. Nevertheless, we have to continue making steps forward.

“Suzuka includes some of the most challenging corners like the high-speed 130R and the famous Spoon Curve, and its unique layout makes it one of the most special ones on the calendar. It is a medium to high downforce track but we expect the updates that we brought to Singapore to slightly improve our performance under such conditions. Tonio’s experience and skills will certainly contribute to this improvement while Daniel will find himself again facing a new challenge at a track that he has never driven around before, although I am sure he will adapt to it and push as he has done over the past races”

HRT Singapore Grand prix 2011

September 26, 2011

Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

Sunday, 25th of September 2011

Weather: Maximum temperature: Air 32ºC, Track 34 ºC – Hot and humid

Race: 61 laps

Track distance: 5.073 km

Vitantonio Liuzzi         F111-002 #23  20th

Daniel Ricciardo        F111-003 #22  19th

“The 14th race of the Formula 1 World Championship, and only night race on the calendar, took place today at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore and didn’t disappoint, testing both drivers and cars to the limit. Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi felt the demands of this Grand Prix as they both had to adapt their strategies as the race went on in order to cross the finish line with their F111’s. The Australian and Italian finished in 19th and 20th respectively.

The next race will take place at the Japanese circuit of Suzuka in 15 days, the 7th of October.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi: “Today’s race has been quite tough; not only because the car was difficult to drive in such conditions but also because we have been a little unlucky. The first half of the race has been good and then, in the last quarter, we were forced to change to our last set of tyres because the rear was going and had to put on the tyres that we used in qualifying.

“Immediately I felt that the car had a lot less grip, to the point where I locked the front on turn 14 without doing anything different and I touched the wall, which caused the wing to break. So I was forced to pit again. After the wall incident the car was difficult to drive with quite a lot of understeer so we just tried to reach the chequered flag from there. So it was tough out there but with the positive of having reached the end”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “Unfortunately my race wasn’t too exciting because I got my nose clipped on the first lap. It was all a bit bunched into turn 8 and I didn’t have a clear line so I just wanted to keep that line for the next corner and had a touch.

“It was my mistake for going in a bit too deep and it was a costly one because then I encountered quite a few blue flags which upset my rhythm. But the middle stint wasn’t too bad, we got a bit of a rhythm going but towards the end of the race we got more blue flags and tried to go quite long on the tyres, which was pretty difficult to manage. But we made it and it’s good to get to the finish line though in the toughest race of the season. Now I need to keep on working and move forward”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “We knew it was going to be a tough race and it has been, but we achieved the main objective of the team that was crossing the finish line with both cars. We had different strategies for each one of the drivers and we knew that the chances of a safety car were high therefore we had alternatives to adapt our strategy quickly.

“The planning was good but it had to come into place earlier than expected when Daniel had to pit to replace his front wing. Both Tonio and Daniel did a good job on the track because they adapted to the circumstances and kept focused. They managed to keep a fairly good rhythm despite the blue flags and pushed each other to the end. This one is over and now we are hoping for a better race in Japan in two weeks”.

HRT Qualifying Singapore Grand Prix 2011

September 25, 2011

FP3 & Qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

Saturday, 24th of September 2011

Maximum temperature: Air 31ºC, Track 35ºC – Hot and humid

19.00-20.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3

Vitantonio Liuzzi         F111-002  #23  24th     (17 laps)  1:55.203

Daniel Ricciardo        F111-003  #22  21st     (17 laps)  1:53.728

22.00-23.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION

Vitantonio Liuzzi          F111-002 #23  24th     (6 laps)  1:52.810

Daniel Ricciardo         F111-003 #22  23rd     (6 laps)  1:52.404

“HRT F1 Team has taken an important step today in Singapore and, although it is not one of the best circuits for the F111, the gap to the rest of the field has been noticeably reduced. The third free practice session and qualifying session held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit (5.073 Km) have served Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi to fine tune their cars’ set-up and it showed with an improvement of three seconds from yesterday. For tomorrow’s 61 laps race Daniel and Tonio will start from 23rd and 24th position respectively.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi: “We knew beforehand that it would be a difficult track for our us since our car doesn’t suit it very well but, overall, it wasn’t too bad. What we did was to work on the balance and the traction to understand the car better.

“However, we still need to figure out why we lost a lot of pace in the third sector where we lost a lot of grip in the rear end with the new set of tyres. But we should be proud because we could’ve beaten our closest competitors if everything went fine. For me qualifying wasn’t the most important thing after the penalty from Monza so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race which will be very tough but I’m confident that we can battle with our nearest rivals after today’s evidence”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “It was quite a tough session because the plan was just to do one lap so we had two sets of tyres and had to do what we could on one lap alone so there was no room for mistakes. I think it went well although with the second set I was expecting to improve a little bit more but I was probably overdriving as well. I touched the wall on the second last corner but it proves I was trying to get everything I could out of it.

“I’m happy to see the gap much closer to the nearest rivals but it is a bit disappointing not to be in front after getting so close. Nevertheless, it is a good step from yesterday. The main thing tonight is to eat, drink and sleep well in order to be in peak condition for the demands of tomorrow. I think tomorrow will be a long race and I’m pretty excited as it is going to be a real test for me”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “In the third practice session this morning we’ve continued to work on the race set-up and the gap to our nearest rivals has reduced considerably. Both Daniel and Tonio made the most of their first set of tyres in the qualifying session and were ahead of the Virgins. However, with the second set, they were unable to stay ahead although Daniel was only one tenth off D’Ambrosio.

“Tomorrow’s race will be long and tough for the drivers and cars alike and we need to be prepared. I hope both cars can finish the race so that we can achieve our eighth double finish of the season”.

Hispania Racing Qualifying British Grand Prix 2011

July 9, 2011

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FP3 & Qualifying for the British Grand Prix

Silverstone, 9th of July of 2011

Silverstone Circuit

10.00-11.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3

Daniel Ricciardo        F111-03  #22  23rd     (19 laps)  1:38.289

Vitantonio Liuzzi       F111-02  #23  24th      (17 laps)  1:38.568

Maximum temperature: Air 18ºC, Track 20ºC – Intermittent rain

13.00-14.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION

Daniel Ricciardo         F111-03 #22   24th     (6 laps)   1:38.059

Vitantonio Liuzzi        F111-02 #23   23rd    (7 laps)   1:37.484

Maximum temperature: Air 20ºC, Track 23ºC – Intermittent rain

Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal:

“It was a difficult day because a lot of rain came down in FP3 and it wasn’t easy to get the set up right for qualifying. Obviously, also during qualifying it started to rain and, unfortunately, we had the wrong timing and were unable to do a second run. So this is why the result is quite disappointing.

“Tomorrow we have to finish the race and we will see what will be the end. Today I would have expected more; we knew that it would be difficult because we had traction problems and have a lack of downforce. We had some new parts on the car but, unfortunately, it was difficult to get the right timing and to react in the right way under these circumstances.

“If tomorrow we have what we had today then I will be happy. In free practice it’s better to have dry conditions; in qualifying it’s better to have consistent conditions, either rain or dry, and all this didn’t happen. For us, starting at the end of the grid, the best would be to have heavy rain like in Canada for the race”.

Daniel Ricciardo, Driver #22:

“My first qualifying session was alright but it was a bit frustrating with the weather, we couldn’t do two runs so we were just limited to one but it was ok. I would like to be a little bit closer to the rest of the field but I can’t try to expect too much for now, it’s a big learning curve. I’m half a second off Tonio which isn’t much but for a racing car driver it is quite a lot, I want more but I shouldn’t really expect too much at this stage, if I can keep closing the gap then it’s ok.

“The F111 is actually quite good, with the option tyres the level of grip has surprised me, that’s one part that will come from experience; knowing how far I can push it. In high speed corners I can still race at my speed. I think there’s definitely potential and if I’m able to keep an open mind and am willing to learn; I think we will definitely move forward.

“I met the team on Wednesday and it’s been a pretty deep introduction and I think it’s gone quite smoothly, everyone seems really nice. With the engineers, it’s hard to come into Formula 1 and start a fresh relationship in the middle of a season but I think we’re doing quite well and I’m sure it gets easier from here.

“I expect to finish the race and be competitive, if I can maybe close the gap in the race and be within a few tenths of Tonio, I think that would be a positive start and some progress. If we can get ahead of a few other cars then that would be a good result”.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Driver #23:

“It was a difficult qualifying session because of the weather but also because we’ve had an issue with the car since yesterday; the handling hasn’t been good since the beginning and the weather hasn’t helped us to understand the new bits we’ve brought on the car. It hasn’t been easy, we didn’t have the best balance for qualifying but, overall, it was the best run we’ve had all week because it was a bit better overall.

“The race will be quite difficult because our rivals seem to be running faster than last year. We knew that this circuit wouldn’t be great for our car but we have to keep on pushing and see how it goes tomorrow”.

Hispania Racing Preview Canadian Grand Prix 2011

June 8, 2011

10th-12th June

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 70 laps, 4.361km

“The FIA Formula 1 World Championship makes a brief escape from Europe for the Canadian Grand Prix. Named after local Formula 1 hero, the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit combines long straights with slow corners meaning that cars are pushed to the limit.

“Engines are at maximum revs for long periods of time, brakes are given a tough time and gearboxes are worked extremely hard. Brake cooling and stability under braking play a big role in the performance of the car.

“The track also grains the tyres because of the constant acceleration and breaking which causes the wheels to spin up and slide, sheering the rubber, particularly on rear tyres.

“Soft and Supersoft tyres will again be prime and option tyres respectively.”

Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal:

“The Canadian Grand Prix is my favourite race of the year, the location and the track are fantastic, especially the last curve which is a real test. This should be a better weekend for us, it’s an opportunity to prove our reliability and show some improvement in our performance.

“As in the majority of races this year, I’m sure we will see a lot of overtaking again in Montreal. The team has come a long way since the start of the championship but we have to make bigger steps. In order to achieve this improvement we will be coming to Canada with some new aero parts that suit the circuit characteristics and a new exhaust system”.

Narain Karthikeyan, Driver #22:

“Montreal is a beautiful city with great food and an exciting nightlife. The people are very friendly and knowledgeable about F1, so that’s a nice bonus too.

“Our car has been reasonably reliable over the last few races so that bodes well for this circuit, which is notorious for its harshness on the engines and especially the brakes. We have some new aero parts for this race so I hope we are a lot more competitive and experience a significant boost in our lap times.

“The track should suit us better than Barcelona or Turkey as it is a low downforce circuit. All of the chicanes here are quite challenging and you need to use them well to extract a good lap time, but you need to be very precise as the walls are very close. There is no such thing as a small mistake here, any mistake and you’re in the wall.

“To be in Formula 1 you must always set yourself ambitious goals, so we must keep pushing harder and harder all the time”.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Driver #23:

“Montreal brings back good memories for me, such as last year when we had a really good qualifying session and race where I ended in 9th place. In 2007, I was having a great race, in 4th position but a suspension failure put an end to my quest.

“The Canadian Grand Prix is a crazy and entertaining race that is unpredictable up until the last lap and I expect nothing different from it this year. I’m certain that there will be a lot of overtaking and pit stops.

“The long straight in Montreal will put our car under a lot of stress but this circuit is much better for the F111 than Monaco. My favourite part of the track is the last chicane, it’s not easy because you have to run hard over the kerbs and need to make sure that you’re really smooth in order to avoid oversteering.

“I think the team is heading in the right direction. We need even more belief and more effort from everybody if we are to achieve bigger goals because we are definitely capable of achieving them”.

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