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Formula 1: Liuzzi, Karthikeyan Become First Victims of 107 Percent Rule

After the torrid time Hispania Racing Team had with their new car during preseason testing, they didn't manage to qualify for the first race of the season Down Under. Vitantonio Liuzzi went out of the first stage of qualifying after setting his best time of 1:32.978, just over seven seconds behind Sebastian Vettel, the fastest man throughout the session. Liuzzi's teammate Narain Karthikeyan finished even further behind with a personal best time of 1:34.293, which left both HRT drivers behind the eventual 107 percent cut at 1:31.267. They both had issues in the Friday sessions after Liuzzi only set an installation lap at the end of the second session, while Karthikeyan set his first timed lap on Saturday morning. Despite an appeal to start t...

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