24/05/2012

Monaco GP - Thursday Practices

Unfortunately due to other commitments this will have to be a very brief article.

Practice one
Hulkenberg 12th (1:17.631), di Resta 16th (1:18.302), Karthikeyan 20th (1:20.838).

A good session of data gathering for the Sahara Force India boys who completed a total of 34laps around one of the most famous circuits in the World. There was a gap of 7tenths between the two drivers but this can be attributed to the fact that Hulkenberg did one more run on the super-soft tyres (the quicker ones) than Paul di Resta.

Meanwhile Narain Karthikeyan had an awesome session! He drove a lap good enough for 20th place, ahead of both Marussia's, his teammate and Kimi Raikkonen who didn't set a time. To beat both Marussia's is a great effort by him, irrespective of fuel loads; probably one of his best ever laps in F1.

Practice two
di Resta 12th (1:17.395), Hulkenberg 14th (1:17.800), Karthikeyan 24th (1:20.886).

A session of mixed conditions saw the Sahara Force India drivers finish 12th and 14th but the dry running was cut short by rain early on so there is more pace to come from all of the cars compared to what we saw here. Nevertheless, 46laps completed in total and feedback from the drivers was positive.

Narain Karthikeyan couldn't replicate his first session heroics in the limited dry-running and ended up in 24th position, 3tenths down on teammate de la Rosa. The good thing for Narain is that he knows from session one he's capable around Monaco - this should give him confidence for qualifying and the race.

Quotes from Sahara Force India and Narain Karthikeyan can be found here. Additionally quotes from Sahara Force India team principle Vijay Mallya can be found here.

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