Daniel Ricciardo led the Lotuses and Virgins before his car failed.
|Daniel Ricciardo||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||2’13.077 (+1.461)||2’11.616|
HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Short on downforce, the HRT drivers struggled in the middle sector by Colin Kolles’s own admission. This was particularly true of Ricciardo in qualifying.
Ricciardo dodged the mess at the first corner and moved up to 17th, in front of his team and Jarno Trulli. He was just starting to come under pressure from Trulli when the safety car came out.
“I can?óÔé¼Ôäót be fully satisfied because it has been a short race for me,” he said, “but at least the time I was out there was really positive.”
Another slow HRT pit stop cost him the place, but it didn’t matter as his car coasted to a halt at Rivage on his out lap.
Liuzzi ran in front of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Trulli at the start before being passed by both of them, slipping back to last place.
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