HRT forced out of Monaco qualifying

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Oct 14, 2011 19:00 IST

It just seems to be going from bad to worse for Narain Karthikeyan and his Hispania Racing Team (HRT) teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi. After driving a large portion of last week's Spanish Grand Prix with second degree burns on his back, Karthikeyan had to sit out the qualifying session at the Monaco Grand Prix due to an irreparable problem with the rear suspension on his F111 car. 

Teammate Liuzzi didn't fare much better after a crash in the final practice session on Saturday caused so much damage on his car that HRT were unable to fix the car in time for qualifying.

Since neither driver set a time in qualifying, the FIA appointed race stewards will now decide whether or not they will be allowed to line up on the starting grid on raceday.

Aside from the season opening Australian Grand Prix, both drivers have been successfully making the 107 percent cut off time in qualifying. This could lead to the stewards ruling in their favour at Monaco.

 

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