HRT requests permission to race after failing to qualify for Australian GP

The HRT team has requested for permission to take part in the Australian Grand Prix despite its drivers failing to qualify on Saturday

HRT requests permission to race after failing to qualify for Australian GP

Neither Pedro de la Rosa nor Narain Karthikeyan managed a time within the 107 per cent of pole position on Saturday.

They were both over a second off the 107 per cent time.

The team was in a similar situation last year, when it wasn't allowed to take part in the race.

Karthikeyan admitted it was "hugely disappointing" to have failed to qualify.

"We knew it would be tough coming into Australia but today's result is hugely disappointing for any driver, there's no doubt about that," said the Indian. "We can try and come up with excuses but, at the end of the day, we lacked pre-season running time.

"We were up against it from the word go and yesterday's weather wasn't good which resulted in us losing a lot of dry running, hurting us badly. We've had a lot of issues with the car, which is something normal during pre-season, but the problem is that this weekend was our own particular pre-season and we were fighting against the clock.

"So there's a fair amount of work to do and hopefully we can improve and move on from this."

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