F1 » Karthikeyan: Unfair to describe HRT as jokers

F1 returnee Narain Karthikeyan remains convinced about the potential of Hispania Racing's HRT F111, confident that he can qualify for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang and that then his season will 'start for real'

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Daz - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 11:19 AM

So what do you describe them as then if not jokers.
You cant say they not just making the numbers up. Because you have to race to do that.One thing I can say that they got going for them is the colour scheme. I guess it a start

David - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 11:31 AM

Let's just speculate for a second... *If* HRT fail to qualify this weekend in Malaysia, where will that leave them? With the ban on in-season testing their only track time is at race weekends, and if they're unable to qualify (and therefore get as much track time as the other teams) how are they ever going to catch up???

Personally I don't think they'll qualify this weekend, nor most of the other races this season. I'm afraid they're paying the price for not being prepared and missing those early pre-season tests.

steer - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 11:44 AM

There is only one way to proove they are not a joke - and that is by qualifying for all the remaining races this season.

Their efforts in preseason testing (ie not running the new car at all) and in the first race this season WAS A JOKE, and if that upsets the employees of the team then too bad.

Willy Watchit - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 12:07 PM

I'm not sure I agree the lack of performance is down just to not being prepared, its more likely that the problems that the very slow teams have is funding.

I am sure that all the HRT staff are far from jokers and take their jobs very seriously and are totally crushed when the performance is so poor at a race weekend.
The 117% rule is not helpful if it stops the slower teams getting track time, however you also have to be a little sympathetic with the organisers of F1 who are responsible for track safety and have genuine concerns with regard to extremely fast cars coming up behind extremely slow ones.
Older F1 fans know this rule is not new, we've seen it before and it wasn't very helpful then.
Most (though not all) new F1 teams start slow and then move forward year on year or disappear it can be a long process that needs more than just total commitment, namely bucket loads of cash.

ads - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 12:17 PM

HRT stands for - Hopeless Racing Team!!

In all seriousness though this is getting silly. Perhaps a new rule could be brought in for teams who are unable to make the 107% qualifying rule, in that they can have unlimited testing until they do make the 107% grade? surely no one would object as they are hardly likely to challenge another team. The only stumbling block would be this could give them the chance to sell data to other teams who may use some of the same components but that is a little tenuous.


April 06, 2011 1:08 PM

sorry narain,but hrt will never be able to make it to grid.sad but true,i am an indian and want to see you on grid for inaugural Indian grandprix.But it seems to be impossible,U should have remained in nascar,but you choose hrt,so yes be prepared for being a laughing stock

chupty - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 1:28 PM

I think Formula One could do something quite simple for smaller teams, maybe if you don't finish in the points or qualify in the previous race then there could be an extra practice session for these cars. Just half an hour or so. It would benefit everyone I believe. The time difference between cars would decrease, which not only is a safety issue but would be good for the spectacle. Everyone surely wants closer racing as Nascar know only too well. How will the smaller teams continue otherwise as the teams with bigger budgets develop their cars over the season?


April 06, 2011 2:35 PM

HRT are not a joke. These new rules are killing the new teams. They don't have the testing time they need to build a proper car. All the new teams should be allowed to track test as much as they want until end of May for example. They dont have the experience or mass of data like Mcl, Renault, Ferrari, etc, and you can't get experience without testing so they will always look like a joke despite putting good sponsors money on the table

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