Narain Karthikeyan finished the Spanish Grand Prix with a burnt back.
In practice HRT looked at risk of failing to qualify as they were often more than 7% slower than the quickest driver.
Both drivers made it into the race but would have been in trouble had McLaren or Red Bull chosen to use soft tyres in Q1.
|Narain Karthikeyan||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’27.908 (+0.099)||1’27.809|
HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Karthikeyan said he was in pain throughout the Spanish Grand Prix:
“It was a very hard race. The tyres were degrading a lot, especially the rear ones making it very difficult to drive. The first few laps were all right but then the rear started giving me a lot of problems.
“I also had some trouble with my seat, I burnt my back and at times the pain was unbearable. The positive aspect was that I finished the race although we didn’t get much out of it.”
Made a good start to pass Timo Glock. Felt he could have kept the fight up had he not had to retire with a gearbox problem:
“After the first pit stop, with the second set of tyres we lost some grip in the rear just like in qualifying. I also started feeling issues with the upshift, it was getting worse and worse and eventually had to stop.
“We have to investigate why this happened but it’s still too early to say what the reason was. It’s a real shame because without this issue we could’ve had better pace for the second stint and fight with the Virgins until the end.”
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
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