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Italian Grand Prix Qualifying – HRT F1 Team

Monza, Italy
Saturday, 10th of September 2011
Maximum temperature: Air 28ºC, track 34ºC – Sunny

Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 22nd (22 laps) 1:28.441
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 24th (16 laps) 1:30.316

Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 24th (11 laps) 1:28.231
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 23rd (12 laps) 1:28.054

Rookie Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi brought safely home their F111s in qualifying this afternoon at Monza and will start tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix from the 23rd and 24th places respectively.

Vitantonio Liuzzi: “If you take everything into account then, overall, it was a good qualifying session because the car was behaving well. But the thing about Monza is that slipstream is very important in order to set a good time and I wasn’t in the right place at the right place, so I wasn’t able to make the most of this. So, at the end of the day, I’m on the back of the grid. But the car is behaving well for the race so I’m positive that tomorrow we can have a good race”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “It feels really nice not being on the back of the grid and finishing ahead of Tonio, which is a small target I had set myself, so I’m happy to have achieved that. But I don’t want to stop there, I want to do it constantly and progress in one way or another. It’s been a tough weekend having suffered some mechanical problems in yesterday’s practice sessions, so we didn’t get to run as much as we would have liked today. I was aware that I had to give everything I could in this qualifying session and it’s really satisfying to have done a good job. Now we have to wait and see how tomorrow goes but I think we should have a good set-up because we didn’t go completely aggressive in qualifying”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “Considering that we lost so much valuable running time with our problems yesterday, and that we were thus obliged to use most of free practice this morning to investigate another technical problem, I’m satisfied with what we achieved this afternoon. In qualifying, both drivers were early out as the green light was on. It can be an interesting race for us and I am looking forward to the race tomorrow and a two car finish”.