Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Melbourne, 2011

Four drivers at risk of not qualifying in Australia

Australian GP FP2 analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Melbourne, 2011
Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Melbourne, 2011

Virgin are at risk of falling foul of the 107% rule if they cannot find more performance from their car in the Australian Grand Prix.

And HRT could be caught out by the same rule having failed to set a time in either of Friday’s two practice sessions.

The fastest of the two MVR-02s, driven by Jerome d’Ambrosio, was 0.242s slower than 107% of the best lap of the session, a 1’25.854 by Jenson Button.

Virgin may take some encouragement from the fact that Timo Glock was able to set his best time, which almost matched d’Ambrosio’s best, on the tenth lap of a stint, suggesting there is more performance to be found from the car.

However if teams like Red Bull and Ferrari are able to go much faster than McLaren, that could spell trouble for Virgin and HRT.

Longest stint comparison

Compare each driver’s lap times over their longest stint. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers.

  • Sebastian Vettel did a 20-lap stint in which his times rose from 1’31.0 to 1’31.7. That low rate of degradation, far less than what was observed in testing, could improve further on Sunday with warmer temperatures and more rubber on the track. It looks as though Vettel may be able to complete the race distance on fewer than three pit stops.
  • Team mate Mark Webber didn’t seem to keep his tyres alive quite as well, but he may have been carrying more fuel.
  • Lotus were well off the midfield pace. Mike Gascoyne said on Twitter they were struggling to use the tyres well.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Sebastian Vettel 92.788 91.085 91.158 95.733 91.583 92.193 92.022 90.731 90.998 90.939 91.211 90.732 92.038 92.585 91.345 91.247 91.748 91.763 99.836 92.371
Mark Webber 94.077 92.321 91.513 91.228 91.244 91.408 90.952 91.486 92.528 91.723 92.895 92.702 93.689 93.947 94.088 95.317
Lewis Hamilton 99.153 96.157 87.166 92.232 88.998 86.813
Jenson Button 95.004 94.485 94.033 94.079 93.506 93.608
Fernando Alonso 92.037 92.765 95.788 93.122 91.914 91.621 93.299 92.622
Felipe Massa 95.472 94.342 95.181 100.118 101.663 95.094 94.528 94.351 96.181 94.744
Michael Schumacher 93.978 93.54 93.436 95.111 93.455 93.35 93.423 93.206 93.341 93.792
Nico Rosberg 95.918 93.418 95.783 92.911 107.31
Nick Heidfeld 99.583 92.004 96.352 98.212 88.492
Vitaly Petrov 96.025 90.867 88.563 88.578 94.614 88.107
Rubens Barrichello 93.701 95.213 98.185 93.349 92.212 92.765 91.984 92.354 108.519
Pastor Maldonado 94.735 93.582 93.606 93.776 99.615 93.852 94.969 94.348 94.896 94.588 95.172 96.711
Adrian Sutil 94.947 94.191 93.443 93.669 94.317 101.379 95.955 94.202 93.546 93.848 93.803 93.893
Paul di Resta 95.194 94.14 93.517 93.543 93.282 94.281 94.628
Kamui Kobayashi 93.465 92.714 92.878 92.78 92.643 92.837 93.485 93.269 94.189
Sergio Perez 95.008 94.001 93.877 93.146 93.413 93.499 95.377
Sebastien Buemi 87.697 102.332 88.186 91.777 93.855
Jaime Alguersuari 92.527 92.561 92.744 92.55 92.649 92.65 92.89 93.812 93.749
Heikki Kovalainen 97.703 98.71 97.273 104.379 91.541 99.098 92.86
Jarno Trulli 97.439 92.934 96.638 92.489 92.046
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Vitantonio Liuzzi
Timo Glock 93.04 92.926 94.146 99.041 97.088 93.427 93.06 95.693 95.612 92.135
Jerome d’Ambrosio 105.761 97.322 97.499 94.28 94.026 93.997 93.732 93.803 95.768 96.474 95.052 94.351 93.359 93.719 93.646 94.358 93.847 94.257

Ultimate lap times

An ultimate lap time is a driver’s best three sectors combined.

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.854 0.000
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.986 0.132 0.000
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.001 0.147 0.000
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.014 0.160 0.000
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.283 0.429 0.000
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.577 0.723 0.013
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.681 0.827 0.108
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.003 1.149 0.098
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.071 1.217 0.377
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.192 1.338 0.333
11 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.280 1.426 0.000
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.396 1.542 0.132
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.517 1.663 0.019
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.602 1.748 0.095
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.095 2.241 0.000
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’28.376 2.522 0.000
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.470 2.616 0.113
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.287 3.433 0.099
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.821 4.967 0.008
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.912 5.058 0.000
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.106 6.252 0.000
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.135 6.281 0.000

Practice times in full

  • Drivers who set their best times in the last half hour of the session (at 60 minutes or later) may not have been able to use DRS fully as the FIA was testing the ‘race’ mode of the system at that time. This may include Fernando Alonso and Vettel.
  • The two Virgin drivers also set their best times at this point, showing another means by which they might improve their qualifying time.
  • Pastor Maldonado has a lot of ground to make up – he’s been over two seconds per lap slower than Rubens Barrichello in both sessions.
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.854 3/3 56 32
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.986 0.132 1/1 56 31
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.001 0.147 2/3 60 28
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.014 0.160 5/5 62 35
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.283 0.429 4/4 55 33
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.590 0.736 1/1 37 31
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.789 0.935 4/4 59 34
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.101 1.247 6/6 60 39
9 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.280 1.426 1/1 36 34
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.448 1.594 3/3 17 23
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.525 1.671 3/3 49 31
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.528 1.674 1/1 62 29
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.536 1.682 2/2 72 22
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.697 1.843 1/5 48 30
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.095 2.241 3/3 53 35
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’28.376 2.522 3/3 58 33
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.583 2.729 1/1 60 31
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.386 3.532 1/1 28 29
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.829 4.975 3/6 77 22
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.912 5.058 3/4 80 23
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.106 6.252 1/2 91 36
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.135 6.281 10/10 93 30

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