Narain Karthikeyan found his car sliding all over the place, but still qualified in the 23rd spot in the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park on Saturday, two rungs below his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi.
“I should've done better today considering that my teammate did quite a good lap,” said the Hispania Racing driver. “My first set of tyres was alright, but with the second set I couldn't feel any grip, the car was sliding all over the place so we must try and find out what went wrong.”
The Istanbul Park track is a tough one, said the Indian who is coming back to the circuit after five years.
“It's my third race back in F-1 and Turkey is not an easy track, there are a lot of bumps and it's quite technical,” said 34-year-old. “So, the longer I spend in the car the more comfortable I will get. The car is improving a lot, reliability is good so once again my aim for tomorrow is to try and finish the race.”
While Narain found the going tough with the second set of tyres, it helped Liuzzi get better. “I struggled a bit at the beginning with the first set of tyres, but the second set had a really good performance, the car reacted very well,” said the 29-year-old Italian.
Meanwhile, Vijay Mallya's Force India star Adrian Sutil, who took the 12th spot, felt that qualifying high is not crucial these days.
“I think we used the tyres well, there were no problems with traffic and it was a great team effort. We should remember that the races so far this year have shown that qualifying is not as important as it used to be and it's more important to have a good car for the race,” said Sutil.
“I'm pretty happy with my set-up for tomorrow and feel more comfortable with the car than I did at the last race.”
His talented teammate Paul di Resta took the 13th spot in qualifying.
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