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In the first part of our mid-season review we covered the top runners, in the second part we reviewed the mid-fielders and today in the third party we'll cover the backmarkers - Toro Rosso, Caterham, Marussia and HRT. Out of these, only Toro Rosso has scored points while the other three are yet to open their account. We review their performance.
Toro Rosso were one of the midfielders last year but this year they've failed to make enough developments and subsided to bottom four. At Valencia, they were outpaced by Caterham in qualifying. They scored 6 points in first two races but haven't increased that tally by a single point since then.
Jean-Eric Vergne's debut year has been disappointing; the Frenchman failed to make it into Q2 for most of the season. His best result was a 8th place finish at the rain his Malaysian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo scored 2 points at the opening round in Australia with an eight place finish. He qualified in an amazing 6th place at the Bahrain Grand Prix but lost 10 places at the start of the race and subsequently collided with Heikki Kovalainen as he could finish no better than 15th.
Caterham was the best of the three teams who joined F1 at the start of 2010 season. Their plan was to score their first points this season but unfortunately, they'are nowhere close to that. In fact, they've are over a second behind the midfielders. On the technical side, they had many improvements such as a Renault engine, a Red Bull gearbox and KERS system.
Heikki Kovalainen has given his all in his not so good Caterham. His qualifying performance has been impressive as he made into Q2 a couple of times by beating one of the Toro Rossos. His best result was 13th place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix as he hopes to find a seat at one of the top teams.
Unlike Kovalainen, Petrov has disappointed this year with not even a single good showing. He has been continuously outpaced by his Finnish teammate - both in qualifying and in race. His best result was a 13th place finish at Valencia where a number of drivers retired from the race.
With the sale of the remaining stake held by Richard Branson, Marussia Virgin Racing became Marussia F1 team this year. Marussia's stands somewhere between Caterham and HRT with their pace being 1.5 seconds slower than Caterham and 1 second faster than the latter.
Timo Glock clearly ain't happy being forced to drive an in-competitive car after spending some quality years at Toyota. This time Marussia qualified within 107% of fastest Q1 time in all races but the German was forced to miss the European GP due to stomach ache.
Charles Pic joined F1 this year but has failed to impress us despite outpacing his teammate at 4 out of 11 occasions in qualifying. His best result includes two 15th place finishes at Australia and Europe
HRT became a Spanish team this year and have shifted their factory close to Madrid. They failed to set a laptime within 107% of the fastest Q1 time and were not allowed to race at Australia. However, they qualified for all other races and their aim is to be in 104% of the fastest time by the end of this year.
Narain Karthikeyan is the fuel of HRT with the Indian bringing lots of money from his sponsors particularly the Tata Group. But the general lack of pace in his HRT mean that the 35 year old could not finish better than 15th place at any race.
Pedro de la Rosa returned as race driver this year with HRT but his return has been disappointing. His best result was 17th place at the European Grand Prix.