F1 » Karthikeyan: HRT's F1 2010 car 'not a disaster'


Hispania Racing may not have achieved much with the FF110 last year, but Narain Karthikeyan has said he was pleasantly surprised when he drove it for the first time.

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Alan D - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 12:51 PM

"Hispania Racing's Narain Karthikeyan has revealed that the handling of the teams' F1 2010 car wasn't as bad as he thought it would be."

If it wasn't as bad as he thought, just how bad did he think it was going to be?

Syed - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 3:39 PM

I really think some comments here are absurd. Look how Christian Klien came in and nearly ended Bruno Senna's career by beating him in Singapore qualifying by more than a second and ran much quicker in the race when he retired. And then again at Interlagos, he beat Senna by more than 7 tenths in qualifying. At Abu Dhabi he qualified only a couple of tenths behind Senna. It shows that Senna had been under performing massively and that the car wasn't that bad, and this is what Narain is reflecting which seems pretty honest.
Most importantly Klien took part in his first Grand Prix weekend for three years at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he drove in the first practice session in place of Karun Chandhok. He replaced Chandhok again at the European Grand Prix where his session was made difficult by problems with his car. So in reality a guy comes in after 3 year hiatus and out qualifies and out races his teammate surely means that the car isn't a lazy dog.

Bzzzzt - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 5:23 PM

Maybe he just meant that it wasn't as disastrous as the Jordan that he used to drive? Or that it wasn't a disaster to drive, just difficult to drive FAST..?

Syed, although your comments are interesting, and it's a shame that Christian hasn't had the chance to follow up on his performance in 2010, the fact remains that EVEN after qualifying massively up on Senna in Singapore, he was STILL racing the clock for last position (22 out of 23, with Massa DNF) and adrift of the rest of the field by over a second...
...and over 5 seconds off of the leader for the P1.

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