Vitantonio Liuzzi wore a special helmet for his 75th Grand Prix but it only lasted a few hundred metres.
|Daniel Ricciardo||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’28.054 (-0.177)||1’28.231|
HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds, excluding Ricciardo’s first two slow laps):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 1004.718s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 30.777s|
Inflicted Liuzzi’s first defeat in qualifying this year but kept things in perspective: “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?óÔé¼Ôäóm happy to have achieved that.
“But I don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to stop there, I want to do it constantly and progress in one way or another.”
However his race was ruined at the start: “For some reason the car went into anti-stall, jammed in third gear and then the engine switched off.”
The mechanics spent 18 minutes bleeding and refilling the water system before sending him back out again. By that time he had lost a dozen laps and would not have been classified in the final results even without a further delay as he was called back into the pits to investigate rising engine temperature.
Liuzzi wore a special helmet to mark his 75th race start. However he didn’t make it any further than the first corner.
In a moment that had parallels with his crash on the first lap in China last year, Liuzzi lost control of his car approaching the first turn and slammed into Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov, putting both out of the race.
He apologised for the crash afterwards, saying: “I had a good start getting past both Virgins, Lotuses and Daniel but then I went for another overtaking manoeuvre and got closed out.
“That put me into the grass and once I was there I tried to slow down but completely lost control of the car and unfortunately hit other cars. I am really sorry for Petrov, Rosberg and the other drivers who were forced to retire because of this.”
The stewards handed down a five-place penalty for the next race, which seems a rather hollow gesture given that Liuzzi rarely starts anywhere other than the back of the grid.
2011 Italian Grand Prix
- Sebastian Vettel named Driver of the Weekend for Monza
- Rate the race result: 2011 Italian Grand Prix
- FIA steward Daly says Schumacher should have had penalty
- 2011 Italian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your Italian GP driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Vettel poised to clinch second title
- McLaren: Button leads Hamilton home again
- Ferrari: Alonso admits “the title is gone”
- Mercedes: Schumacher fifth after Hamilton battle
- Renault: Senna claims first points finish
Image ?é?® Motioncompany