June.11 – HRT drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi were left reaction positive following Friday practice in Canada, with a raft of developments being applied to their cars ahead of the weekend in a bid to move further up the grid. Karthikeyan described the changes as ‘a positive step’ in terms of performance, while his Italian team-mate Liuzzi believes the overall balance of the F111 has been improved.
“Today we had a lot of new parts on the car: the diffuser and the rear wing which was specifically made for this track amongst others, so we have to fine-tune this. But it is a positive step, we have to find a good balance and mechanical grip for tomorrow because you need to save your tyres here, the track takes its toll on the rear tyres, so we must be careful and work on that. Tomorrow we have to wait and see what the weather conditions will be and hope to improve from here.” Karthikeyan explained.
Liuzzi added his feelings: “Overall, today was not a bad day at all. We had a lot of things to test: the aero upgrade, the new exhaust, our new “Montreal” rear wing. We found that we improved our balance and overall speed a bit, now we need to work on tuning the exhaust system. I’m happy about taking another step forward in our competition against our nearest rivals and I think tomorrow’s qualifying will be interesting. I enjoyed some long runs today and it seems the car is even better for the race than qualifying. Overall we can be positive about the rest of the weekend.”
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