Despite failing to post a qualifying time this afternoon, both Hispania Racing drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi will be allowed to start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Liuzzi crashed in the final five minutes of the final practice session, sustaining heavy damage to his F111 chassis that his mechanics were unable to repair in time. Karthikeyan reportedly suffered a rear suspension problem that meant he was unable to leave the pits during the first phase of qualifying.
Based on the pair having posted practice times faster than the 107% cut-off calculated from the fastest time posted in Q1, the race stewards have allowed both drivers to start the race.
It should be noted, however, that neither driver managed to post a time within 107% of the fastest time in any of the free practice sessions in which they participated.
As the WTF1 website puts it in their Twitter feed:
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