• Korean Grand Prix - Qualifying

Liuzzi hampered by tyre graining

ESPNF1 Staff
October 23, 2010 « Massa unhappy with sixth on the grid | »
Tonio Liuzzi kicks up some dust © Sutton Images

Under pressure Tonio Liuzzi was left lamenting severe tyre graining after qualifying a disappointing 18th on the grid for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.

It means the Italian lines up behind both Toro Rosso cars and was only fractionally quicker than the Virgin of Timo Glock.

"We suffered with a lot of graining on the soft tyres today," said Liuzzi. "We missed out on the last run in the morning because of a puncture and didn't try the option tyres, but we didn't expect them to grain as badly as they did.

"The first two laps of the final run were good and the first two sectors of the third lap were looking really good - I was on for a 1:38.2 at that point - but then the tyres grained so badly I lost a lot of time through the last two corners as the car started to understeer a lot. Based on this wear rate it's going to be an interesting race for sure."