Hispania Racing leave Canada celebrating their best ever result as Tonio Liuzzi capitalised on accidents by other drivers to bring his car home in thirteenth.
Narain Karthikeyan finished the race one place behind his team-mate but later had 20 seconds added on to his race time by the stewards, who penalised the Indian driver for gaining an advantage by cutting a corner.
The result boosts Hispania up to eleventh place in the Constructors’ Championship, ahead of Virgin Racing, but boss Colin Kolles has his sights set on tenth and overhauling Team Lotus.
“Today we achieved our best result in the history of Hispania Racing,” he said. “It was a great race with a positive ending for the team. We made a step forward in terms of performance and in the championship position. The team is working very hard and it is a deserved result. The drivers did a very good job driving more aggressively after the track was drying up.
“We will have to improve further and target the 10th position in the championship. I am very thankful and happy for all the team members who are working very hard to move the team forward. I want to also thank the suppliers supporting us.”
Liuzzi argued that it was not just luck that they scored such a good result, pointing to all of the hard work and preparation that the team had put in for this race:
“It was a great result for us, for everybody in the team, because we've done everything right since Saturday, when we had a great result in qualifying,” said the Italian, who was higher than both Virgin cars on the grid in Montreal. “In these kinds of situations you always have to gamble, you have to be in the right place at the right time, we made the right decisions and the team worked perfectly during pit stops. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but this is a great starting point for the future”.
“The updates helped but in these sorts of conditions it's more about timing and getting the right tyres in the right moments. The pit stops have been good, everything went well. But we're positive because all the updates worked and now we have to keep pushing to get more for the following races”.
“It's a great feeling to overtake other cars, we're always focused on challenging our nearest rivals, but this race was crazy because we were able to overtake much faster cars. All you needed to do was be smooth and under control, it's always a great feeling when you're racing properly”.
“We achieved our best result of the season, which is great for the team. We hope this won't be our best finish of the season; we hope to finish even better in the future and will push for this”.
Karthikeyan bemoaned a failure in tyre strategy during the race for not finishing higher, but was happy to see the checkered flag and beat his rivals.
“I drove well today in wet and dry conditions,” he said. “I would've liked to have stayed a little bit longer on the last set of intermediates; I passed Tonio with them so maybe one more lap would've got me a little bit more track position”.
“For whatever reason I didn't get a call saying we were going to go on slicks, so in my mind I thought I was still on intermediates and when I came out of the pits I realised that they were slicks but it was too late because I was on the wet line and the car was sliding a lot and I lost a lot of positions. But apart from that it was an enjoyable race, I overtook a few cars, D'Ambrosio and Glock, and I'm very happy to finish the race”.