Red Bull have 10kph speed deficit on straights (Practice one analysis)

High straight-line speeds helped McLaren and Renault to the fastest times in first practice at Korea.

Sebastian Vettel used the Red Bull’s superior downforce to go quickest in the second half of the lap at Korea but a lack of straight line speed appeared to be their vulnerability in first practice.

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It’s advisable not to read too much into the lap times from the first session at a new track which was both slippery and rapidly-evolving.

But there are a few headline numbers and likely performance indicators for the rest of the weekend to keep an eye on.

McLaren and Renault topped the times and were quickest on the long straight leading to turn three.

Renault’s F-duct, introduced at Spa, appears to be a particularly efficient solution – Robert Kubica was fastest through the speed trap at 316.6kph with the two McLarens and his team mate not far behind.

Red Bull were giving away almost 10kph through the speed trap which is comparable to what we saw from them at tracks like Montreal. If they’re concerned about the disadvantage that could put them at on the first lap of the race they may choose to reduce their downforce levels.

That would lessen their advantage in the twisty second and third sectors. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest times of the session in those sectors – unfortunately for him they account for less than half the total lap time.

Lewis Hamilton was four-tenths of a second faster than anyone in the first sector which accounts for why his ‘ultimate lap’ is almost half a second quicker than anyone else’s.

But the improving grip levels at the track may further alter the picture. As the track cleans up, it may well mean more time can be found in the corners than on the straights. That’s certainly what Red Bull will be hoping for.

And, as at Suzuka, Ferrari don’t appear to have set representative lap times in the first practice session.

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Lap At time Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.887 14 92 15
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’40.968 0.081 17 92 18
3 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.152 0.265 20 85 21
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.371 0.484 17 92 18
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.940 1.053 14 93 16
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.022 1.135 24 93 25
7 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.202 1.315 22 87 23
8 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.293 1.406 17 88 18
9 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’42.678 1.791 16 86 21
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.883 1.996 17 76 23
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’42.896 2.009 19 92 22
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’43.054 2.167 24 48 25
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.309 2.422 19 89 20
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’43.602 2.715 15 91 18
15 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’43.928 3.041 15 75 21
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.940 3.053 22 84 23
17 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’44.887 4.000 20 93 21
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’45.141 4.254 22 93 26
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.588 4.701 19 92 20
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.613 5.726 16 87 17
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’47.115 6.228 18 90 22
22 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’50.347 9.460 14 75 29
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’50.821 9.934 14 67 14
24 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.701 10.814 9 57 11

Ultimate laps

An ultimate lap is a driver’s best three sector times added together.

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.524 0.363
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’40.968 0.444 0.000
3 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.152 0.628 0.000
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.371 0.847 0.000
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’41.523 0.999 0.499
6 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.772 1.248 0.168
7 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.079 1.555 0.123
8 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.293 1.769 0.000
9 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’42.631 2.107 0.265
10 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’42.678 2.154 0.000
11 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’42.785 2.261 0.269
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.825 2.301 0.058
13 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’43.065 2.541 0.863
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.283 2.759 0.026
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’43.509 2.985 0.093
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.523 2.999 0.417
17 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’44.479 3.955 0.408
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.911 4.387 0.230
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.588 5.064 0.000
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’46.512 5.988 0.603
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.613 6.089 0.000
22 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’49.924 9.400 0.423
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’50.806 10.282 0.015
24 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.701 11.177 0.000

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18 comments on Red Bull have 10kph speed deficit on straights (Practice one analysis)

  1. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 22nd October 2010, 4:46

    Good signs for a close weekend with Hamilton and Kubica looking fast.

    It will be very interesting to see some more of Ferrari’s hand this afternoon – I think they should be right up there if not fastest.

  2. Regis said on 22nd October 2010, 4:48

    So i terms of time, what does 10kph represent on the straight? How many tenths is lost?

  3. Anagh said on 22nd October 2010, 5:02

    wat is funny is the fact that both RBR n Renault use the same engine. And RBR always blamed the engine for having shorter revvs for their loss in top speed. And now the same Renault powered Renault is almost as fast as the Mclaren!

  4. yea i been wondering about that, same engines and not as fast on the str8′s as Renault. u know ferrari run a different program than the other top 2 teams, in the afternoon ferrari is gonna come alive and be fastest.

  5. Rahim.RG said on 22nd October 2010, 5:40

    Williams were performing well too….
    I thinks its gonna be awesome…..and as i said according to me whoever wins this race deserves the title….

  6. plushpile (@plushpile) said on 22nd October 2010, 5:45

    Would be nice to see Kubica on the podium with the McLaren boys after this weekend – that would tighten the championship back up once again.

  7. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 22nd October 2010, 5:57

    With that top speed advantage on the straights I think there’s really a decent chance we could see Kubica on the podium if his team can tighten the wheel nuts.

  8. Splint3r said on 22nd October 2010, 6:05

    It would be interesting to see how far Ferrari push their cars during practice with no spare engines.

  9. CarsVsChildren said on 22nd October 2010, 6:10

    Surely as the track grips up the red bulls will streak ahead.

    Staightline speed won’t change so much over the weekend, however the speed the RB will carry around the second and third corners “should” increase greatly.

    I think the red bulls are going to streak away on Saturday, so long as it doesn’t rain.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 22nd October 2010, 9:09

      Saturday might still be the Red Bull day of the week, but with such a huge deficit in the only overtaking friendly S1, I just cannot see them holding back the Mclarens and Ferraris on raceday.

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2010, 7:46

    It’s a testament to Adria Newey’s design ability that Red Bull are 10kp/h slower than everyone else on one of the longest straights in the championship, yet their drivers are still topping the time sheets. The RB6 must be absolutely phenomenal through S2 and S3.

    But we already knew that.

    • Hyoko said on 22nd October 2010, 10:37

      It won’t help the RBRs that much if they get overtaken at the end of the long straight in S1 and then they can’t overtake in S2-S3 where they are faster. Vettel might do a Vettel, though.

  11. CarsVsChildren said on 22nd October 2010, 12:23

    @hyoko

    you may very well be right, but surely having the better handling car will mean less stress on the tyres, therefore the chance to overtake later in the race.

    Plus as a Webber fan I wouldn’t be terribly upset if Vettel drove into Alonso.

  12. It seems lap times improves… what can we expect from race? :)

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