HRT duo can start Monaco race despite no show in qualifying

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Despite the fact that both Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi were unable to leave the garage during the Monaco qualifying session, the Hispania Racing Team drivers will be on the grid tomorrow.

Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal: “We had a difficult day with Tonio crashing and Narain’s car having problems with the suspension just before qualifying. We couldn’t run either car in qualifying as a result of this so we had to go to the stewards to see what would happen tomorrow. Thankfully they made a good decision so both our drivers will be on the grid tomorrow”.

Narain Karthikeyan, Driver #22: “Today was a little bit disappointing. It was not safe for the car to come out as it was, so we had to make some changes to the suspension which resulted in us being unable to run in qualifying. We would have easily qualified, just like in the last four races, I have no doubts about that. So it was a good decision from the stewards to let us race”.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Driver #23: “It was a difficult day because in the morning I had a crash in corner 1. I have been struggling a lot with the balance of the car since Thursday, the rear end is suffering a lot. The FIA showed some good sense with the decision they made since we’ve been inside the 107% rule for every race since Australia. It will be a difficult race tomorrow because we’re struggling with the balance on the car but in Monaco you never know what will happen”.