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GP Week : Issue 109
F1 NEWS >> HRT fails to make the cut Hispania became the first team since 2002 not to qualify for a race, now that the 107 percent qualification rule has been reapplied. The Spanish team’s mechanics worked all hours in Australia – using their first of four ‘jokers’ in order to burn the midnight oil, despite the new ruling that personnel shouldn’t work through the night. The efforts on Friday night meant that their car, which didn’t turn a wheel in either FP1 or FP2, finally spluttered to life and headed onto the track in the final two minutes of FP3 on Saturday morning. One wag commented that the F111 makes the Andrea Moda look like a Ferrari. It was the first time the car had been driven, for it wasn’t finished in time for any of the pre-season tests. Narain Kartheyan drove the car like it had its pit-limiter on, which put the wind up the other teams due to the dangers of lapping such a slow car. Come qualifying, the drivers managed 11 laps a piece. Karthikeyan did a 1:34.293, which was nine seconds off Sebastian Vettel’s Q1 time. This made the 107 percent criteria within 1:31.266. Tonio Liuzzi just missed out on this with a spirited drive to a 1:32.978 – given the car, and the fact it was only two seconds off the back of Jerome d’Ambrosio’s superior Virgin, it might have been the best lap of the Italian’s career. But the rule is there to be applied, of course, and with the Hispania cars a legitimate safety concern, the pair weren’t allowed to race. Insurance products for the Motorsport industry – worldwide The season is about to start - call us now Adrian Hardy +44 (0)207 220 0138 Jon Salmon +44 (0)207 220 0143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our brand new website is coming soon! Lloyds broker Ellis Clowes & Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority 11