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Hispania duo given okay to race

Hispania Racing boss Colin Kolles welcomes the decision that will see both of his men line up on the grid for F1's most prestigious race.

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”.




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26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
28.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT  leads Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT

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Ben M - Unregistered

May 28, 2011 11:40 PM

@Paul, they had set times in practice that were within 107% of the qualifying time. Its not accurate of course since the practice times could have been set on supersofts, while the fastest Q1 time wasn't. I like Hispania, but I don't think they should be allowed to start in Monaco. The pace is patchy at best and it's not the place you want to be blocked. Also, did anyone else notice the way Liuzzi's car disintegrated at the back in his practice crash? They'll be picking the bits up for weeks if one of them crashes in the race!

PaulS

May 28, 2011 9:49 PM

so its more of a fuzzy% rule rather than 107%. If they have been nowhere near the mark all weekend, I can't see any justification to let them race. Maybe the 107% rule needs to disappear once more



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