HRT will not drive in Australia GP

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Stewards have rejected the application of HRT to exempt from 107percent rule

The Hispania Racing Formula One team applied for an exemption from the 107 percent qualifying rule in Australia but it was thrown out by FIA stewards.

Liuzzi and Karthikeyan were tail-enders in Saturday’s qualifying and ineligible to race because under the re-introduced “107 per cent” rule they were more than seven per cent slower than session winner Sebastian Vettel.

Hispania made use of an “exceptional circumstances” clause within the rule to get their drivers on the grid, but were turned down. Liuzzi missed the cut-off by around 1.7 seconds, Karthikeyan by just over three seconds.

Hispania only completed their car in Melbourne without running it in pre-season tests, and only managed a few laps in Friday practice.

"Our times were not good enough, but given the number of laps we've done this weekend, we probably are not so bad," said the team's Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan.

But the stewards, including former Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert, did not agree that "exceptional circumstances" explained the Spanish team's lack of pace.

The grid will therefore feature 22, and not 24, cars for Sunday's Melbourne race.

"The car is capable of running a lot quicker than today," insisted team boss Colin Kolles. "We'll be back stronger than ever in Malaysia."

Added Italian driver Vitantonio Liuzzi: "The rules are the rules. Now we're focused on the next race."

According to 107percent Rule, both drivers of HRT were not qualified for Sunday race. The time to beat was 1min 31.266sec.

NQ Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT - Cosworth 1min 32.978sec 11
NQ Narain Karthikeyan HRT - Cosworth 1min 34.293sec 11

Australia GP - Qualifying Result - Vettel grab the pole

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Saturday Qualifying, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia


Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton
Mark Webber

World Champion Sebastian Vettel grab the pole on the season opener Australian GP to show his dominance over the other drivers. He out-qualified all other drivers on track by setting 1min 23.529 as the fastest time with no other man can breach 1min 23 zone in qualifying. Second man Lewis Hamilton was almost 8tenth of a second slower than Vettel.

Mclaren continues its good performance with recent updates on car. Lewis qualified 2nd while Jenson was 4th. Mark Webber was thirdd fastest with Ferrari strongman Fernando Alonso was 6th fastest followed by Vitaly Petrov in Renault. Vitaly showed an exceptional performance during qualifying proving that he can lead the team in absence of Robert Kubica.

Kamui Kobayashi and Sebastien Buemi made a mark in their respective teams to out qualify Michael Schumacher to Q2 only with 11th position on grid.

Force India Adrian Sutil initially put a better performance in Q1 while could not get much out of Q2 and qualified only 16th while teammate and rookie driver Paul Di Resta with consistent performance in Q1 and Q2 qualified at 14th. There were far greater expectations from Force India to their performance. In comparison Sauber and Toro Rosso make their mark in 2011 season.

In the Q2, Rubens Barrichello runs wide on to the gravel trap which made him to qualify only 17th on the grid.

Q1, seen Nick Heidfeld exit as much of a surprise while all three new teams were out qualified in Q1. HRT was not able to put a time to beat 107percent Rule. This means they are ruled out of Tomorrow Race.

 

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 1min 25.296sec 1min 24.090sec 1min 23.529sec 16
2 Lewis Hamilton Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 25.384sec 1min 24.595sec 1min 24.307sec 19
3 Mark Webber Red Bull - Renault 1min 25.900sec 1min 24.658sec 1min 24.395sec 15
4 Jenson Button Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 25.886sec 1min 24.957sec 1min 24.779sec 18
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1min 25.707sec 1min 25.242sec 1min 24.974sec 19
6 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1min 25.543sec 1min 25.582sec 1min 25.247sec 18
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1min 25.856sec 1min 25.606sec 1min 25.421sec 17
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1min 26.031sec 1min 26.611sec 1min 25.599sec 18
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber - Ferrari 1min 25.717sec 1min 25.405sec 1min 25.626sec 17
10 Sebastien Buemi STR - Ferrari 1min 26.232sec 1min 25.882sec 1min 27.066sec 15
11 Michael Schmacher Mercedes GP 1min 25.962sec 1min 25.971sec 13
12 Jaime Alguersuari STR - Ferrari 1min 26.620sec 1min 26.103sec 11
13 Sergio Perez Sauber - Ferrari 1min 25.812sec 1min 26.108sec 9
14 Paul Di Resta Force India - Mercedes 1min 27.222sec 1min 26.739sec 16
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams - Cosworth 1min 26.298sec 1min 26.768sec 17
16 Adrian Sutil Force India - Mercedes 1min 26.245sec 1min 31.407sec 15
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams - Cosworth 1min 26.270sec No-Time
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18 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1min 27.239sec 10
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus - Renault 1min 29.254sec 10
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus - Renault 1min 29.342sec 12
21 Timo Glock Virgin - Cosworth 1min 29.858sec 10
22 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin - Cosworth 1min 30.822sec 8
NQ Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT - Cosworth 1min 32.978sec 11
NQ Narain Karthikeyan HRT - Cosworth 1min 34.293sec 11

According to 107percent Rule, both drivers of HRT were not qualified for tomorrow race.

The time to beat was 1min 31.266sec. So, only after the special permission of Stewart they may be able to race tomorrow. Otherwise only 22 drivers will take part in the Australian GP with World Champion Sebastian Vettel starting on pole.

 

Australian GP - Practice Session 3 - Red Bull Dominance continues

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Saturday Practice Session - 3, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia

The third and the final practice session of the season opener Australian GP ends with flying Red Bull.

It was again the Red Bull duo on top. Sebastian Vettel was a no match even for his team mate Mark Webber. He breached 1min 24 barrier with following Mark Webber was almost 1sec behind him.

Mclaren plays a catch up to Red Bull with 3rd and 4th quickest time. There recent upgrades to exhaust system has paid them well and brought them back in competition with the front runners.

Vitaly Petrov stroms its way up to field with 5th quickest time for the session followed by Two time World Champion Fernando Alonso in 6th.

Sauber is looking strong team as they posted 7th, 8th and 9th quickest times in practice sessions. The timeline predicts they can be a strong mid-fielder giving competition to Williams and Force India.

Nico and Michael could only score 8th and 10th quickest time for the session.

The other half of Red Bull Toro Rosso were showing a strong sign of competitiveness in the midfield with 11th and 13th on the time sheet.

Felipe Massa poor performance continues as he was only 12th quickest with a gap of 2.5sec from the quickest man Vettel.

Force India's poor performance also continues as they have shown no sign of 6th team in the constructors. In all the three session their cars were slower than their competitors Williams, Toro Rosso, Sauber. They were ahead of only new teams Lotus, Virgin and HRT.

Team Lotus shows a good sign as their times are just in contention to give competition to midfielders but nothing can be predicted until 3-4races in the season.

HRT woes continues as Vitantonio Liuzzi F111 come to halt on the very first lap while Narain only managing to run his F111 for 5 laps and managing only 1min41.554sec.

As all the team have geared up and pull up their pants, They will be getting ready for their final run in qualifying to secure the pole position. Some will try to make their mark and some will try to qualify 107percent rule. It is for sure all will try to outpace their competitors.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 1min 24.507sec 15
2 Mark Webber Red Bull - Renault 1min 25.364sec 0.857 14
3 Lewis Hamilton Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 25.553sec 1.046 15
4 Jenson Button Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 25.567sec 1.060 16
5 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1min 25.906sec 1.399 18
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1min 26.121sec 1.614 16
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber - Ferrari 1min 26.417sec 1.910 17
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1min 26.520sec 2.013 17
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1min 26.746sec 2.239 17
10 Michael Schmacher Mercedes GP 1min 26.856sec 2.349 15
11 Sebastien Buemi STR - Ferrari 1min 27.008sec 2.501 17
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1min 27.011sec 2.504 15
13 Jaime Alguersuari STR - Ferrari 1min 27.066sec 2.559 14
14 Paul Di Resta Force India - Mercedes 1min 27.087sec 2.580 15
15 Adrian Sutil Force India - Mercedes 1min 27.180sec 2.673 15
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams - Cosworth 1min 28.068sec 3.561 7
17 Sergio Perez Sauber - Ferrari 1min 28.077sec 3.570 9
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus - Renault 1min 29.772sec 5.265 17
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus - Renault 1min 30.003sec 5.496 18
20 Timo Glock Virgin - Cosworth 1min 30.261sec 5.754 15
21 Pastor Maldonado Williams - Cosworth 1min 30.496sec 5.989 5
22 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin - Cosworth 1min 30.704sec 6.197 18
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT - Cosworth 1min 41.554sec 17.047 5
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT - Cosworth No Time 1

Karun Chandhok accepts blame for T128, FP1 crash

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Karun Chandhok admitted he was totally to blame for his crash right at the start of opening practice in Melbourne this morning.

The Indian was announced as a Lotus test driver earlier this week, but his first run in the car was extremely brief as he lost control on cold tyres while coming out of the pits to begin the first session of the Formula 1 season.

"I'm obviously disappointed to have had such a short run for my first time in the Team Lotus car, but I put my hands up to it and totally accept it was a combination of a slippery track and less grip than I expected from the tyres that combined to put me out so early," said Chandhok.

He praised the team's efforts to get the car repaired ready for race driver Jarno Trulli to take over in second practice.

"I'm just pleased the guys could get Jarno out in the afternoon session and it shows what a great team this is that they could get the car fixed that quickly to ensure Jarno could get a decent number of laps under his belt in FP2," Chandhok said.

F1 Statistics

Brazil GRAND PRIX
23-25 November, 2012

Practice 1 : Result

Practice 2 : Result

Practice 3 : Result

Qualifying : Result

Race : Result

1 Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Fernando Alonso 278
3 Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Jenson Button 188
6 Mark Webber 179
7 Felipe Massa 122
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
Full Table

1 Red Bull Racing - Renault 460
2 Ferrari 400
3 Mclaren - Mercedes 378
4 Lotus - Renault 303
5 Mercedes 142
6 Sauber - Ferrari 126
7 Force India - Mercedes 109
8 Williams - Renault 76
9 STR - Ferrari 26
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
Full Table