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HRT, Marussia & amp; Caterham: The fight at the end of the field

HRT, Marussia & Caterham
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N ormally the order is cemented at the end of the field: Caterham before Marussia and HRT. In Austin, Marussia turned the tables. Timo Glock and Charles Pic start in front of their Caterham colleagues Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen. And the HRT drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan surprisingly easily jumped the 107 percent hurdle.

Kovalainen lacks temperature in the tires

Heikki Kovalainen had a simple explanation for the defeat against the Marussia drivers: 'Our car has problems on tracks with little grip. It takes forever to bring the tires into their temperature window. There is no other reason why we should suddenly be behind the Marussia Both cars are unchanged. '

' I couldn't warm up the tires. It would have taken me more laps than you can drive in Q1. Then we had the bad luck that Vitaly and I ended up behind an HRT We had to make room and the tire temperature went down again. '

Caterham beaten by Marussia

At the end of the training session you could see in the Caterham box in two angry faces. Petrov and Kovalainen wondered why they sent their team out on the track so late, when you already know there will be a problem with tire temperatures. Both could only do seven laps each. The Marussias were eleven and twelve laps underway.

Timo Glock didn't just put his 19th place on the grid down to the tires: 'We were fast all weekend. In the third practice session we already got the tires to work better than the Caterham. It was in the qualification higher temperatures even easier. '

' Our car certainly doesn't have more downforce than the Caterham, but we got it set up better than they did. I knew what to do to get the tires in to bring her window. And I also did a great lap. ' It was six tenths faster than that of colleague Pic and eight tenths than that of the Caterham drivers.

HRT will start in Brazil

Pedro de la Rosa was glad that he can even take part in the race. 'Man, that was a fight. It was terrible in the third training session. Zero temperature, zero grip. I just skated around. I had the worst fears. It helped us that it was warmer in qualifying. And that we with camber and toe-inwent extreme ways to warm up the tires. If the Red Bull has problems with the tire temperatures, what should we say first? '

Rumors from Spain that HRT will contest its last race in Austin, de la Rosa rejects:' We are racing in Brazil at. What comes next is in the stars. '


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