Formula 1 – Hispania Racing European Grand Prix FP 1 & 2 Report

June 25, 2011

Formula 1

10.00-11.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 1
Narain Karthikeyan  F111-03  #22  23rd     (27 laps)  1:46.926
Vitantonio Liuzzi       F111-02  #23  22nd    (24 laps)  1:45.494
Maximum temperature: Air 26ºC, Track 35ºC – Cloudy
 
14.00-15.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 2
Narain Karthikeyan  F111-03  #22  23rd    (16 laps)  1:46.906
Vitantonio Liuzzi       F111-02  #23  22nd    (29 laps)  1:44.460
Maximum temperature: Air 27ºC, Track 38ºC – Cloudy 
 
 
Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal: “Basically we ran through our programmes for the race setup, we have not made any special qualifying setup, it was all directed towards the race”.
 
“We had no major issues to worry about. On Narain’s car we had a gearbox issue which made us stop a little bit earlier but, otherwise, we were able to follow the programme”.
 
Narain Karthikeyan, Driver #22: “Obviously the afternoon with the gearbox situation was not ideal and, unfortunately, due to these issues we were unable to run the whole of the programme”.
 
“I’m still learning my way around the circuit, it’s a little bit stop-and-go. The track is quite slippery and our car seemed to be very limited on traction in the morning which wasn’t good. With the reliability issue it was not the best of days for me”.
 
Vitantonio Liuzzi, Driver #23: “It was a difficult day because we struggled a lot with the rear tyres and the rear end of the car. We still haven’t found the right balance. I think our pace in relation to the leaders is similar to usual but we still need to improve a lot and work hard tonight to try and solve the issues with the balance of the car and keep pushing to stay ahead of our closest rivals”.
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