Ferrari and Red Bull closely matched on early stints

Australian GP FP1 analysis

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2011

Mark Webber was over a second faster than Fernando Alonso in first practice.

But Red Bull and Ferrari were much more closely-matched over longer runs in first practice.

Longest stint comparison

The graph below compares the lap times done by each driver during their longest stint. Use the controls below to show and hide different laps.

A few points of note:

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Sebastian Vettel 98.126 90.154 88.434 94.009 87.869 87.739 88.065 94.967
Mark Webber 89.316 87.45 97.098 89.633 86.831
Lewis Hamilton 91.315 90.679 90.05 97.443 90.282 90.339 90.517 92.103 90.112 90.338 91.088 90.48 93.559
Jenson Button 89.466 89.409 88.946 89.377 90.002 93.124 89.706 89.929 94.835 90.269 90.745 90.695 90.44
Fernando Alonso 89.436 95.365 88.819 93.075 87.958 87.749
Felipe Massa 92.275 88.927 93.969 91.283 88.842 105.029 109.259
Michael Schumacher 89.204 88.782 99.713 88.965 107.358 88.69
Nico Rosberg 88.152 93.975 95.754 89.83 94.53 90.081
Nick Heidfeld 96.927 96.248 91.201 91.767 90.122 89.381
Vitaly Petrov 93.575 95.344 90.477 89.042 88.765
Rubens Barrichello 94.439 88.594 97.368 88.606 88.43
Pastor Maldonado 104.351 91.657 90.242 101.654 92.304 89.96 89.403
Adrian Sutil 91.579 94.423 92.942 89.314
Nico H?â??lkenberg 98.755 96.561 93.555 93.754 92.818 93.71 98.216
Kamui Kobayashi 94.055 93.329 90.891 94.733 90.677 89.375
Sergio Perez 99.465 93.797 91.434 95.952 90.322 97.476 89.686
Sebastien Buemi 91.948 90.704 90.122 90.263 89.979
Daniel Ricciardo 101.237 96.086 94.562 105.429 93.061 91.973
Heikki Kovalainen 94.875 93.288 92.428 103.267 95.98 95.116
Karun Chandhok
Narain Karthikeyan
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Timo Glock 96.757 95.549
Jerome d’Ambrosio 100.938 97.606 99.856 95.767 95.282 99.295 95.372

Ultimate lap times

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

Sergio Perez looks to have comparable pace to team mate Kamui Kobayashi.

But there are no comforting signs for Virgin in their sector times. First practice indicates they’re over two seconds slower than the 107% time. If they can’t beat that in Q1, they won’t be allowed to start the race.

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.828 0.003
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.146 0.318 0.012
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.749 0.921 0.000
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.956 1.128 0.196
5 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.161 1.333 0.269
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.415 1.587 0.025
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.462 1.634 0.228
8 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.483 1.655 0.000
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.725 1.897 0.000
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’28.765 1.937 0.000
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.771 1.943 0.071
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’28.849 2.021 0.079
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.054 2.226 0.589
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’29.237 2.409 0.077
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.293 2.465 0.175
16 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.306 2.478 0.022
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.403 2.575 0.000
18 15 Nico H?â??lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’31.002 4.174 0.000
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’32.267 5.439 0.161
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.065 8.237 0.224
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.155 8.327 0.127

Complete first practice times

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.831 5/5 92 20
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.158 0.327 2/5 88 19
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.749 0.918 6/6 80 20
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.152 1.321 1/6 84 16
5 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.430 1.599 5/5 93 24
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.440 1.609 1/1 54 29
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.483 1.652 6/6 50 26
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.690 1.859 6/6 91 14
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.725 1.894 2/2 84 13
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’28.765 1.934 5/5 92 15
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.842 2.011 5/7 72 20
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’28.928 2.097 3/3 92 14
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’29.314 2.483 4/4 91 19
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.328 2.497 4/4 92 21
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.403 2.572 7/7 90 24
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.468 2.637 4/5 88 23
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.643 2.812 2/6 85 18
18 15 Nico H?â??lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’31.002 4.171 3/3 47 20
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’32.428 5.597 3/6 57 13
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.282 8.451 5/7 89 17
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.289 8.458 1/1 81 15
22 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault

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9 comments on Ferrari and Red Bull closely matched on early stints

  1. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 25th March 2011, 4:57

    Very worrying there for Virgin. I really don’t think any team that gets DNQ’S will last a season. Still, at least they have done some laps, lets see if HRT can get their cars together in time!

  2. graigchq (@graigchq) said on 25th March 2011, 5:16

    this is quite interesting. I think it’s unfair to say Rubens was best of the rest, given that he has split the Mercedes and Ferraris and beaten both McLarens. What would be fairer is to put Williams in the leading pack, and say McLaren are the best of the rest.

    However, if a McLaren can do 20% or more longer stints, then ultimate lap means very little. Imagine if they can somehow pull a race in two tops when most of the rest are doing three if not four.

    If it’s worse than that, and most teams are doing five pit stops, then it’s even more possible that one team can smoothly get away with a full stop or two less than those blistering their tyres.

    This is so godamn exciting I almost wet myself

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th March 2011, 7:12

    That last table is great Keith, just what we needed to understand a bit of thos times. McLaren is a lot slower, but hteir fastest laps were set much earlier in the session.

    A bit of a worry for Virgin.

  4. F1iLike said on 25th March 2011, 9:06

    I like the new “Complete first practice times” with stints and so on.
    I just wish there was an option to “untick all” in the lap time graph! I find it very annoying to have to click every name and to find some info..

  5. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th March 2011, 9:48

    They are the top 2 but I still think that may be Red Bull have a better edge over the other teams.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 25th March 2011, 13:23

    Not really surprising McLaren were out in force given their testing…or lack of.

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