Rain and an incident on track meant that Pedro de la Rosa was left bemoaning a lack of track time after the two Thursday practice sessions in Monte Carlo.
The Spaniard managed 15 laps in the morning session before it was red-flagged in response to the Renault engine in the back of Heikki Kovalainen‘s Caterham giving up in the tunnel, and then just 12 laps in the afternoon session when rain starting falling after 30 minutes.
His HRT team-mate Narain Karthikeyan faired slightly better, managing 26 laps in the morning and another ten in the afternoon before the heavens opened.
De la Rosa was the fastest HRT driver in each of the two sessions.
“Today has been a really strange day because, out of the three hours which we normally have, I only completed two stints,” said de la Rosa. “I wasn't able to make the most out of the other two.
“In the morning I encountered a cloud of smoke in the tunnel and a red flag, and in the afternoon it started to rain. So it was a productive day taking into account the little track time we had, and all the changes we incorporated in the afternoon supposed an important improvement.
“The truth is I would have liked to have done more laps, more than anything because at this circuit the more laps you do, the better. Looking to Saturday, our aim is to continue improving the car and try to qualify a little bit further ahead. It's a difficult task here but not an impossible one”.
Karthikeyan was a bit happier with his tally of laps today, but is hoping for a drier day on Saturday.
“We did a lot of laps in the morning and were able to try various different things on the car,” explained the Indian driver. “We had a pretty decent balance and wanted to go one step further in the afternoon but conditions weren't great and you couldn't drive to the limit. Unfortunately we were unable to make the most of our track time as we would have liked but we didn't want to risk going out in the rain and opted to stay in the garage.
“Things are looking promising for Saturday where we hope to encounter dry conditions to help us achieve a good result”.