Hispania Racing's Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan have both been given the all-clear to start tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth round in the F1 2011 World Championship.
Neither driver posted a time in the first qualifying session, with Liuzzi sidelined after crashing in final practice, while Karthikeyan was unable to go out due to a rear suspension failure.
Despite failing to get in the 107 percent though, the Monaco GP stewards have used their discretion and given the pace shown in practice, have judged they can in fact take in the race.
“We had a difficult day with Tonio crashing and Narain's car having problems with the suspension just before qualifying,” reflected team principal, Colin Kolles. “We couldn't run either car in qualifying as a result of this so we had to go to the stewards to see what would happen tomorrow. Thankfully they made a good decision so both our drivers will be on the grid tomorrow.”
Liuzzi and Karthikeyan meanwhile were similarly happy with the judgement: “It was a difficult day because in the morning I had a crash in corner 1. I have been struggling a lot with the balance of the car since Thursday, the rear end is suffering a lot. The FIA showed some good sense though with the decision they made since we've been inside the 107 percent rule for every race since Australia,” Liuzzi added.
“It will be a difficult race tomorrow because we're struggling with the balance on the car but in Monaco you never know what will happen”.
“Today was a little bit disappointing,” Karthikeyan continued. “It was not safe for the car to come out as it was, so we had to make some changes to the suspension which resulted in us being unable to run in qualifying. We would have easily qualified, just like in the last four races, I have no doubts about that. So it was a good decision to let us race”.