Daniel Ricciardo finished ahead of his team mate and a Virgin in his third Grand Prix, and showed good pace during the wet period late in the race.
|Daniel Ricciardo||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’26.479 (+0.156)||1’26.323|
HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
A tenth of a second off Liuzzi in qualifying, Ricciardo clearly had his sights set on beating his team mate: “When you see that the times are so close it is a little bit frustrating to not be one spot ahead,” he said.
Ricciardo’s lap times were on a par with Liuzzi’s during the race in the dry. Unlike his team mate, Ricciardo did not switch to intermediate tyres during the late shower.
At this point his laps were far quicker than Timo Glock’s, the closest driver to him on slick tyres, albeit ones that had done a stint’s service.
Perhaps more significantly for Ricciardo, his lap times also compared favourably with those of the two Toro Rosso drivers, both of whom stayed on slicks. Compare all their lap times here.
He brought the car home in front of Jerome d’Ambrosio, who’d been ahead of him until the rain started to fall.
Ricciardo declared himself “satisfied” with his performance, saying: “I feel we are progressing well; Silverstone to Nurburgring was a very big step and this time we have taken another good step.
“I want to be ahead of our main rivals and prove I can go the distance in the race. The most positive thing today was that we made the right decisions with pit stops, so we need to try and stay in this path.”
Liuzzi damaged his front wing in qualifying and hovered worryingly near to the 107% mark before putting in a lap good enough to beat his team mate and d’Ambrosio.
But his race went wrong at the start: “We got off to a good start until someone hit me from behind coming out of the chicane, causing me to spin. I lost a lot of time there and then the balance of the car wasn’t ideal.”
He also had more problems with the front wing: “We suffered again a problem with the front wing and the front tyres were suffering a lot as a result of this. We replaced the nose and the tyres but we still were suffering from massive understeer.”
Liuzzi had just got back in front of his team mate when the rain began to fall late in the race, and his switch to intermediate tyres and then back to slicks left him last.
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix
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