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


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

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


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”.

Mercedes Preview Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 23, 2011

Nico Rosberg

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes
“For the next race, we are heading to India for the first time; a country which a lot of people tell me is fascinating. I’m looking forward to experiencing this new culture and seeing the track for the first time. I am sure we will be impressed with what has been done there. There has been a lot of interest in the build-up to the event, and therefore hopefully we will entertain a lot of new fans in India.

“I’ve always been happy to welcome new tracks on the calendar and enjoy the challenge of adapting to them. The outcome of the last race in Korea was unlucky for us, therefore I am extra-motivated to score some points next weekend, and reward the good work of the team.”

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
“This will be my first visit to India, and it will be very exciting for me to discover the new culture. I am planning to spend a few days in the country and looking forward to doing some sightseeing, particularly making a visit to the Taj Mahal. I hope the first race in India will be a great show for all motorsport fans there, and a big success.

“I enjoy going to new tracks for the first time as I tend to learn them quickly, and it will be very interesting to set the car up as there will be so many unknown points. I hope to be able to fight in amongst the top six cars again, like during the last race in Korea, but this time hopefully I will be able to stay ahead of one of them until the end of the race.”

Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal
“The Indian Grand Prix will be a new adventure for Formula One, and we are all looking forward to experiencing the country and the Buddh International Circuit for the first time next week. A tremendous amount of work has gone into the new venue and the preparations for this inaugural event, and the interest in India seems to be growing daily. In the second most populous country in the world, this can only be good for Formula One as we continue to expand our fan base by taking the sport to new markets.

“The circuit itself looks to be an interesting challenge and we have been preparing back at the factory with circuit maps, simulations and models. You can do a great deal of work beforehand but nothing replicates the feedback from the drivers on their first laps out on the new circuit on Friday. With just three races remaining, we will be aiming to finish the season on a high and pushing hard to score good points at each one.”

Sir Jackie Stewart is Critical of Lewis Hamilton’s Driving

September 27, 2011

Lewis Hamilton

The Scottish former triple world champion believes that Lewis Hamilton needs to be more controlled in his driving. “I am a bit confused because he certainly knows how to drive and has a very large amount of natural talent but if he is going to be a great driver he cannot have serial incidents and none of the great drivers ever drove in that fashion.

“He has all the skills but somehow or other, he jumps out of gear mentally – like in Singapore qualifying, leaving the pits. I cannot believe he nearly had an incident that would have taken him out of qualifying.

“The race incident was again uncalled for, so I think he needs to think about his mind-management. He has the skills, and he has the abilities, but unfortunately he is having too many incidents.

“Michael Schumacher has had the same problem, but all the great drivers, the Fangios, Jim Clarks, Niki Lauda, myself – we didn’t have many accidents.”

Lewis’s father, Anthony Hamilton, used to be his manager, but they parted company and Anthony is unhappy with the lack of support that he thinks that his son is receiving. “His management need to do more. What I will say is look up the paddock. Every driver that’s got a driver manager, the manager is here and in the driver’s life.”

Force India German Grand Prix 2011

July 24, 2011

2011 German Grand Prix Race Report – 24 July

Force India delivered another excellent performance today as Adrian Sutil raced to a superb sixth place in the German Grand Prix. Teammate Paul Di Resta was the victim of a first lap crash, but recovered to finish P13. The eight points scored today move the team into 7th place in the Constructors’ Championship.

P6 Adrian Sutil, VJM04/04
Tyre strategy:option, option, prime

Adrian:  “It was a great race today and I’m so pleased to get this result for the team because we really deserved it. We had a great car all weekend and everything just went perfectly. The tyres lasted well and we definitely made the right calls with the strategy, which helped me beat Nico [Rosberg] in the final stint. It was actually quite a lonely race for me because I spent most of the time running in clean air so I could really show the potential of the car. To get this result in my home race also makes it extra special and I’d like to thank the fans for their support this weekend. But this is just the start because we still have lots of work to do in the coming races to score lots of points and catch up with the teams ahead of us.”

P13 Paul Di Resta, VJM04/02
Tyre strategy: option, option, prime

Paul: “Once again it’s a frustrating end to my weekend because I had a great chance to score some points today. I made a reasonable start, maintained my position and I was racing with Michael into the first corner. Then I got hit from behind, which must have been Nick [Heidfeld], and that spun me around and compromised my race. It’s a shame because we came here with a great package and we had a good strategy for the race. I pushed hard to recover, but points were just out of reach today. The good news is that Adrian has brought in a lot of points and shown just how competitive the car is.”

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and Team Principal
“Today has been a wonderful team performance and I’m delighted to see Adrian finish in sixth place – a result that everybody has been working hard to achieve. We have been a bit unlucky in the last few races, but today we demonstrated the true pace of the car and delivered the result to match it. The only frustration is that Paul was the unfortunate victim of a first lap accident with Heidfeld. Without this, I’m sure we could have had both Force Indias finish in the points. Even so, we welcome the eight points scored today – points that are important for our championship position and move us ahead of Toro Rosso.”

Mercedes GP Preview German Grand Prix 2011

July 21, 2011


“The 2011 Formula One season reaches its midway point this weekend with Round 10, the German Grand Prix, hosted at the historic Nürburgring circuit in the Eifel Mountains on Sunday 24 July. After the British Grand Prix on 10 July, the weekend will be the second home race in a row for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team.

“The circuit itself presents a complete challenge: The run from the start to the first corner at the Nürburgring is 500m, the furthest of all circuits used in 2011,there are three corners below 100 kph as well as three over 250 kph, so good performance at both low and high speeds is critical.

“Of course, the famous Eifel weather is always capable of throwing a joker into the pack – even in late July – so we need to remain adaptable and ready to seize every opportunity. Our race performance in Silverstone showed signs of an upward trend, and we hope that the practice sessions next weekend will allow us to extract further performance from our new aerodynamic package.

“We will certainly be giving everything in order the get the best possible result on home turf.”

Norbert Haug commented: “The story of the Silver Arrows began 77 years ago at the Nürburgring in 1934, and this year’s German Grand Prix will mark the first time that the modern Silver Arrows, and our MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team, will be racing at this historic circuit.

“This will be a very special weekend for our team, with many of our loyal fans and colleagues supporting Nico, Michael and Mercedes-Benz at our second home race in a fortnight. Formula One is on a high in Germany right now, and the crowd is going to be bigger than when we last raced there in 2009 – hopefully we will see a sell-out on Sunday and a fully packed Mercedes-Benz grandstand at the spectacular Turn 1 as well.

Mercedes Expect to Perform Well in Germany

July 19, 2011

Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button

Michael Schumacher is looking forward to his home Grand Prix and is hopeful of having a faster car. “We saw some improvements over the Silverstone weekend with our new exhaust system, along with improvements to how we work with the tyres, so we go to the next race weekend with a good feeling added to our fighting spirit.

“We definitely want to show our home crowds our best level of performance possible. This season has been a difficult one for performance predictions so far; however I can predict one thing for sure: the extra boost we are receiving will be transformed into extra motivation.

“It will be the first time that I race through the corner which is named after me [turns eight and nine], and obviously I would like to believe that this is not only making me proud, but also even faster.”

Mercedes Team Principal, Ross Brawn, is also expecting an improvement in performance. “Our car showed positive signs of improvement with the new upgrade package and exhaust system in Silverstone, and we have been working hard since then to further enhance our understanding of its performance capabilities.

“We are hopeful of continuing this progression and putting on a good performance next weekend, giving our drivers the opportunity to show what they can do in front of their own supporters.”

Ferrari Report British Grand Prix 2011

July 12, 2011

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Red Bull Report British Grand Prix 2011

July 10, 2011

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Unhappy Nico Rosberg

June 1, 2011

Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02

Nico Rosberg was very frustrated with his performance at Monaco: “The weekend started really well in practice, fully on it. Everything was looking good but then on Saturday I made a really stupid mistake. One of those mistakes that shouldn’t happen, can’t happen and will not happen again.

“I’m sure there will be better days. Montreal, we’ll be right back up there I’m convinced. We’ll just forget about Monaco and learn what we can. I totally destroyed the car, and that’s horrible. Standing there in the middle of the track, red flag, looking at my car just before qualifying and there was nothing left on the car. No corners. Everything was gone. The whole weekend, I thought it was over.

“Then a miracle. The team did an amazing job. Even Michael’s mechanics were on my car. It was just absolute mayhem and they put it together, unbelievably, in 97 minutes. Even at the beginning of qualifying there were still some missing parts, and 10 minutes later it was ready to go and off I went.

“Not my greatest day. With everything together, an absolute weekend to forget. I was supposed to be on the podium in the Monaco GP and I finished in 11th place. I’m sure there will be better days.

“Montreal, we’ll be right back up there I’m convinced. We’ll just forget about Monaco and learn what we can. I had said in Barcelona I was going to be attacking in Monaco and was going to be right up there, and that’s how I went into the weekend – I was convinced I was going to be on the podium but it didn’t quite go that way.”

Problems Frustrate Nico Rosberg

May 23, 2011

Nico Rosberg – Mercedes W01

Nico Rosberg was disappointed that his DRS was not working and this prevented him from overtaking his team mate, Michael Schumacher: “There were some cool battles, but unfortunately it was a difficult race for me.

“The radio didn’t work so that made it difficult to understand the race because there’s so much you have to do with the settings and fuel saving, so that was a bit challenging then my rear wing also broke so I didn’t have the overtaking system and it made it very difficult to overtake. Otherwise for sure I could’ve moved up and I’m sure I would’ve finished a lot closer to the top because I think I had pretty good pace today.

“It didn’t look like he (Schumacher) had a good balance. I was pretty happy with my car, it felt good. I think I had good speed but there’s still a lot of work to do because unfortunately I don’t think we really managed to close the gap yet.”

Michael Schumacher commented: “We managed to make the most out of our possibilities today which is good news, especially for our guys who I am happy for.

“I had a good start; going right through the middle was tight but fortunately it worked out. Then the race was about holding position from there.

“We can be happy with the result but other than that, it was just tricky with oversteer, tyre degradation and poor balance to deal with. Still we achieved what we could have, and I look forward to going to Monaco.”

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