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The Hispania Racing Team is certain that it has made significant progress in Montreal considering its results in the qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Vitantonio Liuzzi qualified 21st, ahead of Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock, as both the HRTs were within the 107% time unlike one car of its immediate rival.
“For me the 107% rule is not a problem anymore but, for sure, in this kind of circuit where KERS and DRS make a difference, we weren’t that far off it but it’s not something that should worry us for the future, we must just focus on beating our rivals,” Liuzzi said.
“The new exhaust seems to be working well but we still have to get the best out of it,” the Italian added. “It takes a few races to optimize this, we have to understand the system a little more and make it work better for the future.”
Teammate Narain Karthikeyan will start 23rd, ahead of Jerome D’Ambrosio, admitting that he suffered with problems with the car on Saturday. However, the Indian driver remained upbeat.
“I’m only a tenth away from Tonio so, after five and a half years out of Formula 1, it is a good feeling to be so close,” Karthikeyan said.
Team principal Colin Kolles summed up the session, “I think it has been proven that we have made a step forward, we qualified ahead of the Virgins and the gap with Lotus is smaller than in previous races and it could’ve been even smaller.”