2011 Australian Grand Prix result

2011 Australian Grand Prix

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 58
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 22.297 22.297
3 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 58 30.560 8.263
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 31.772 1.212
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 58 38.171 6.399
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 54.304 16.133
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 85.186 30.882
8 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 1 lap 1 lap
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 57 1 lap 16.089
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 1 lap 28.972
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 1 lap 5.157
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 57 1 lap 14.978
13 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 56 2 laps 1 lap
14 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 54 4 laps 2 laps
Not classified
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 49 9 laps 5 laps
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 48 10 laps 1 lap Transmission
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22 36 laps 26 laps Contact
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 19 39 laps 3 laps Water leak
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 19 39 laps 57.028 Contact
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 9 49 laps 10 laps Transmission
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 58 Disqualified
17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 58 Disqualified

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  1. Damon said on 27th March 2011, 8:38

    Mclaren are useless at strategy!!

    • Tobitron said on 27th March 2011, 9:39

      They got Button from a penalty to sixth place and maintained Hamilton in second place in tyre conditions which are hit and miss for all teams, how is that useless at strategy?

      • Damon said on 27th March 2011, 9:57

        Wow it wasn’t hard to maintain 2nd. Hamilton could have jumped vettel on the pitstops and they blew it!!

        • dennis (@dennis) said on 27th March 2011, 13:09

          Not a chance. Vettel was blocked behind Button, had to overtake him and still managed to come out of the pits with a bigger gap than before. At no point in the race Hamilton was fast enough to get past Vettel.

          • Damon said on 27th March 2011, 18:16

            Offcourse Hamilton had the pace, the lap vettel came in Hamilton was about 1.2 secs behind and lapping faster. Mclaren should have immediately brought Hamilton on the very next lap but they kept him out an extra lap which was too late because either his own tyres and gone off or vettel was fully up to speed

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 27th March 2011, 15:23

          No strategy was going to take the race from Vettel. Hamilton wouldn’t have got past if the race was 100 laps long.

    • F1iLike said on 27th March 2011, 9:40

      Hamilton’s was alright wasn’t it? Same as Seb. They just was annihilated like the rest of the field by Sebastian. Don’t blame it on strategy.

  2. SennaNmbr1 (@sennanmbr1) said on 27th March 2011, 8:40

    DRS seemed virtually ineffective. Can’t wait to see what happens on the long straights of Sepang though :)

    • sam said on 27th March 2011, 8:45

      seemed to work reasonably well to me, helped a few people pass cars where they would other wise have just gotten stuck, but didn’t just let people straight past too easily.

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 27th March 2011, 8:47

      It wasn’t virtually ineffective, it clearly worked to pull the cars closer together. You couldn’t expect overtaking on such a short straight. Besides there were a fair number of overtakes thanks to the DRS, it it worked to well it would get boring.

    • Himmat S. said on 27th March 2011, 8:47

      I beg to differ. DRS turned out to be an overtaking-aid. It was, never, meant to make overtaking a given. It’s a little more easier to overtake now, but it still takes loads of drivers skill to pull it off.

      I like the DRS! :)

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th March 2011, 8:50

      Yeah, I think we should wait until we have a more typical circuit to judge it properly. The straight at Melbourne is tiny.

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 27th March 2011, 9:15

      Pretty ineffective on this track, but it will work better on others. To early to tell the effect.
      DRS overtakes = 3
      One of which was also new tyres vs old.
      So I agree ineffective at this race at least. If they could of used it on the back straight it would of been effective

    • Gambit said on 27th March 2011, 9:33

      Yeah, DRS sucked. Drafting made a bigger difference.

  3. Steph said on 27th March 2011, 8:41

    Hamilton impressed me and did the maximum obviously as did Seb but in the best car he had an easier time but a well deserved win.

    Perez beat the wonderkid at first attempt! Petrov gave a very controlled and calm race and this time had the pace to back up his race craft. I’m quite happy with Ferrari- Massa had a great first half but his late stop hurt while Alo had a poor first few laps and then clawed his way back so it could have been worse.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th March 2011, 8:58

      I liked Lewis saying the car just dit the longest lasting stint whole season!

      And what to say about Sauber. They soundly beat the second Ferrari, to show its not about the rear end that makes it hard on tyres as well. Kobayashi, solid race. Perez for best rookie already.

      Petrov showed a great start again and had a really good race after that. He must be loving the sight of keeping that Ferrari behind!

      Ferrari did look OK, but they seem to have problems making those tyres work at least at these temperatures. Great to see Massa’s feisty defence and nice driving in the race.
      A bit of a shame about the need for that last stop and letting Alonso by right after getting rid of Button, but that is team work eh.

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 27th March 2011, 9:09

        Petrov and Perez were the drivers of the day for sure!

        • infy (@infy) said on 27th March 2011, 9:14

          Its not very hard to beat Massa, evidently.

          I was impressed by Alonso, who went from 9th to finish 4th, 1.5 seconds behind Petrov. He was a predator the entire race.

        • Joseph said on 27th March 2011, 9:50

          I totally agree with you. I was so pleased for them both but especially Vitaly Petrov great to see the Russian up there.

      • Calum (@calum) said on 27th March 2011, 9:12

        Lewis is provisionally 2nd right, when will we hear the confirmation – I’m thinking 25 secs would be a penalty for illegally worn plank – that would drop him to forth!!

        Who ould have thought Petrov could potentially be runner-up in the title race! :L

        • BBT (@bbt) said on 27th March 2011, 9:18

          It won’t be a penalty surely.
          The result will stand or a DSQ no option for a penalty or at least that what I believe the rules to be.

        • JustAnF1Fanatic (@justanf1fanatic) said on 27th March 2011, 9:22

          its great to see Petrov step up to the mark in Kubica’s absence i think Renault might be slightly relieved. Whilst i think Kubica is world class and up there with ham alo and vet, dont think he would have been higher than 3rd. Petorv and Perez the best of the day for me

          • Calum (@calum) said on 27th March 2011, 9:36

            I quite like Suaber – they only exist to race, and they have two promising drivers which fit in well with the team’s philosiphy!

  4. RIISE (@riise) said on 27th March 2011, 8:43

    I think Petrov is the stand out driver today, fantastic performance.

    Alonso did well to recover from 10th to almost getting a podium. Massa again was abysmal.

    Exciting race lets hope for more of the same.

    • TFLB said on 27th March 2011, 9:04

      Are you still standing by your earlier prediction that Sauber would finish in the bottom three in the constructor’s championship this year?

    • Massa again was abysmal.

      It’s pretty standard now that I stick up for him but his second half of the race was pretty bad pace wise and then his late last stop killed him. At the beginning though he was very good and held his nerve under pressure from Jenson and defending hasn’t always been his strongest point.

  5. If they don’t dsq LH it will be… Same usual ****

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 27th March 2011, 8:48

      How can you say that when it hasn’t been through scrutineering yet?

    • Damon said on 27th March 2011, 8:58

      Yeh because that’s the only way they can stop Lewis you idiot!!

      • infy (@infy) said on 27th March 2011, 9:16

        Yeah if lewis doesn’t pass the min measurement and they let him keep his points then it will be very controversial because in the past drivers have received DQ’s for the exact same situation.

    • Franz said on 27th March 2011, 9:35

      The purpose of the plank is to make sure the teams don’t run the ride height too low. I would hope those doing the inspection would be fair (and smart) enough overlook any damage to the plank caused by kerb damage. A chunk taken out of it by hiitng a kerb or debris isn’t exactly the same as wearing it down on the track by running it too low. Cars get damaged in races all the time.

      • Calum (@calum) said on 27th March 2011, 9:39

        I would think the scrutineer’s will realise that given the non damaged end of the plank will most likely be ‘normal’ as far as wear is concerned – then the Mclaren was at a legal ride height until the part failled

        • infy (@infy) said on 27th March 2011, 9:59

          The problem is that they have set a president. As David C said, he was DQ’d in the past for the same situation. There would be a big conflict if they overturned their decision.

          Its a pretty black and white case. The reason for enforcing the rule is to prevent teams from purposefully building the part so that if it fails it gains them down-force. They would build weak it so that it fails. They would design it so that it drops just enough to gain them time, and so that it is also “damaged”.

          By enforcing the rule, the stewards effectively prevent anyone from trying their luck.

          • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 27th March 2011, 10:11

            That’s like penalising someone for ramming a driver because somebody else pushed them into that position.

            Our first big stewarding decision and it’s once again come down to who’s involved and wishful thinking.

          • Damon said on 27th March 2011, 10:16

            The stewards just love to get their knives into hamiltons back. They are just jealous of who he is. Brindle and coulthard don’t help matters at all!!

          • Solo (@solo) said on 27th March 2011, 10:49

            Coulthard is just afraid Hamilton might take the championship from his precious Red Bull.

          • On the contrary, they let it get away with stuff that always gets anyone else black flagged. Same old story ever and ever.

          • Michelle said on 27th March 2011, 11:08

            There should be some kind of penalty for LH cause, as DC said he and Michael (Michael in 1994) got DQ’d for the exact same thing. And if you look it was damaged before he went off the race track

          • Neil said on 27th March 2011, 15:39

            Whose to say his plank will be worn anymroe than normal?

            The plank runs along the bottom of the car upto where the driver sits, it dosnt run the entire length of the undertray. It was only the ‘tip’ of the undertray that was dragging, there wouldnt have been a reduction in ride height because of that strake braking. It just looked dramatic because of some sparks.

            “There should be some kind of penalty for LH cause, as DC said he and Michael (Michael in 1994) got DQ’d for the exact same thing”

            No, Schumacher got DQ’d for excessive plank wear. Like i said, we dont know that Hamiltons plank was worn anymore than normal, and i suspect not, given my previous paragraph.

  6. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 27th March 2011, 8:45

    Sauber followed by Sauber. In top ten. :)

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th March 2011, 8:47

    Great first race and a couple of surprises. Congrats to Perez, Sauber and Petrov. Really happy for them.

    Expected nothing less than Vettel to win.

  8. Oliver said on 27th March 2011, 8:49

    By not qualifying inthe top 10 Perez saved his tyres. He could thus start with brand new tyres, would also have fresh sets of option tyres hence the single stop. As such any one who is going to qualify in 8th – 10th position might as well not bother

  9. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 27th March 2011, 8:51

    No KERS for Red Bull, but that would have helped them here with having a better centre of gravity. Next race has long straights, they will need it badly.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th March 2011, 9:00

      I suppose their KERS just sucks. Everyone is satisfied about having it packaged nicely into one package and below the tank.
      RBR clearly have it all over the car to make it fit in, compromising it a bit.
      But I agree with you, they will probaly use it in Malaysia for the long straights.

  10. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 27th March 2011, 8:51

    Petrov finished ahead of Alonso for a second race in a row! If this trend continues, Alonso will start seeing Petrov in his nightmares :D

    • But there was never a fight, the race ended before Fer came close enough. A few more laps and we might have seen a really exciting fight for the podium.

  11. Himmat S. said on 27th March 2011, 8:53

    A great season-opener. Just a thought – Hamilton actually closed in on Vettel at the end of their first stint. Perhaps, Hamilton could manage his tyres better than Vettel. Sad though that he damaged his car and I reckon he’d have lost about 3 tenths of performance each lap as a result of that.

    One thing though – Red Bull are not unbeatable. That’s for sure!

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 27th March 2011, 8:54

      Yeh I was thinking that too, might have had a bit of a fight towards the end, like Alonso closing on Petrov.

    • Sam said on 27th March 2011, 8:58

      I think Ham will surprise people this season as far as ‘tyre management’ is concerned…very underrated in that aspect.
      He did seem to catch Seb up on the first stint.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th March 2011, 9:01

      It did look like McLaren could have given them a bit of a fight there if Lewis had not damaged the car there.

      • Damon said on 27th March 2011, 9:08

        I think mclaren threw away a good chance of victory with their useless stategy calls. When vettel pitted Hamilton was 1.7 secs behind and going faster, they should have pitted him the very next lap but they stupidly left him out for an extra lap!!

  12. Oliver said on 27th March 2011, 8:53

    I wonder why Coulthard is comparing Hamilton’s situation to Schumacher’s of 16 years ago. Then they used a wooden plank. Also the spin over the kerbs by Schumacher may have just been a ploy to mask the fact that the team may have shaved the planks for performance.

    • bosyber said on 27th March 2011, 9:01

      A spin on the curbs also would give quite different, more local, wear than the even wear due to too low ride height.

    • bosyber said on 27th March 2011, 9:02

      A spin on the curbs also would give quite different, more local, wear than the even wear due to too low ride height. So that didn’t work

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th March 2011, 9:06

      They use exaclty the same “plank” for years now. Its FIA mandated.

      Actually he was looking for a situation that might give clues as to wether it would be a problem getting him DSQ.
      So he just got the last time where there was an issue with worn plank due to damage.

  13. Damon said on 27th March 2011, 9:03

    It really irritates me when brundell and coulthard keep droning on about lewis receiving a penalty. Why keep bringing schumacers incident nearly 20 yrs ago? There’s no doubt the stewards will punish him now. They love to hurt Hamilton because they are so so jealous of him

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 27th March 2011, 9:09

      If Hamilton’s car violates the rules then he deserves to be punished. Same for Vettel, Petrov, Alonso and the rest.

      The Schumacher incident in 1994 is the closest analogy we have, though as others have pointed out wooden planks were used in those days.

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 27th March 2011, 9:40

      Haha! you make me laugh.

      • LHJBFTW (@lhjbftw) said on 27th March 2011, 10:33

        I admit this is just speculation but Schumacher spinning on a curb probably wouldn’t have coursed uniform were and the stewards may have judged that the plank was warn by the low ride hight, the spin may have just been an excuse they tried to use. The stewards may judge that Hamilton’s plank were was coursed by damage, If it was because of low ride hight then all the plank would have been worn, not just the front which is probably the case.

    • HxCas (@hxcas) said on 29th March 2011, 13:13

      Why the hell are the stewards jealous of Hamilton? You are giving him an almost matyr complex that he just doesn’t have. If the stewards punish him it will be for having an illegal car, not for some made up childish reason as you would make us believe. Get your mouth away from Hamiltons ass and wake up.

  14. summers (@summers) said on 27th March 2011, 9:07

    Well done Petrov – I can’t believe it but I was so wrong about him!

  15. JohnBt said on 27th March 2011, 9:09

    Sergio Perez with only one stop. WOW! That’s the highlight for me.

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