Saturday, March 17, 2012

HRT Apply for permission to race in Melbourne

HRT team whose both cars failed to qualify within the 107% rule have now sought permission from the stewards to race in Melbourne. The 107% rule states that all the cars have to qualify within the 107% time of the time set by the car in first position in that session. However, cars can be allowed to race at the discretion of the stewards.

HRT team has completed a total of 45 laps. They could not take part in the pre-season testing. They could only do a filming run after the barcelona testing was over. The filming run was for 10 laps at reduced pace using demo tyres.

It would be pertinent to mention that HRT was in a similar situation in the previous year and was not allowed to race by the Stewards. I don't believe the Stewards will allow them to race. It would be good for the HRT team if they can get permission to race. It would be a miracle and will help them to test the car and fine tune. Else, they have to do modifications based on whatever limited running they had in melbourne and fine tune the car before next week's Malaysia race.

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