HRT's Narain Karthikeyan has been given the green light to race in this afternoon's Spanish Grand Prix, despite failing to reach the 107% benchmark in qualifying yesterday afternoon. The Indian was unable to set a representative laptime in Q1 because of an issue with his onboard camera, prompting the team not to send him out on-track for safety reasons.
Consequently his laptime was almost three seconds slower than the 107% target during the session, having lapped in 1m31.122s compared to the 107% target of 1m28.363s. However, because he had lapped in a time of 1m28.207s during final practice the stewards have allowed him to race.
He is likely to start from 23rd on the grid once Lewis Hamilton's exclusion from qualifying is taken into account. The updated starting grid can be found here.