Lack of KERS no problem for Vettel at start

2011 Australian GP analysis

Start, Melbourne, 2011

Start, Melbourne, 2011

Red Bull gambled on racing without KERS in Australia which could have left their drivers vulnerable at the start.

But as their rivals bogged down Sebastian Vettel scampered off into a led he never lost.

See how the start unfolded, compare pit strategies, race pace and more in the Australian Grand Prix analysis.

Lap 1

Lap 1 position change

Lap 1 position change

This is from yesterday’s pre-race analysis:

In theory all 18 cars with KERS on the grid are starting in front of non-KERS cars.

What we didn’t know then was that Red Bull weren’t using KERS at all, and Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber lined up in first and third worried they might be easy prey for the McLarens behind them.

But two things played into their hands. The first of which they’d taken into account to begin with: the run to the first corner at Melbourn is relatively short, just 200m, making KERS less of an advantage at the start.

The second was Lewis Hamilton’s slow get-away from second on the grid. By the time he had enough traction to deploy KERS it was only enough to take back the second place he briefly lost to Webber.

But this races a fascinating prospect for future races: if Red Bull are going to keep running without KERS, they may be more vulnerable at other circuits with longer pit straights.

Vitaly Petrov made several good starts last year, including at Melbourne, and his on in this race was similar excellent.

Pit stops

Pit stops

Pit stops

In the last race we saw 22 pit stops. In Melbourne the drivers did exactly twice as many.

The majority of drivers made two stops but Webber and both Ferraris needed three, while Sauber’s Sergio Perez did just one. Remarkably, given the levels of degradation seen in testing, he managed 35 laps on the soft tyres.

What was also significant is that drivers generally pitted when they had to, instead of waiting for a time when they were able to come out without cars in front of them.

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Sebastian Vettel Soft Soft Hard
Lewis Hamilton Soft Soft Hard
Mark Webber Soft Hard Soft Soft
Jenson Button Soft Soft Hard
Fernando Alonso Soft Soft Soft Hard
Vitaly Petrov Soft Soft Hard
Nico Rosberg Soft Hard
Felipe Massa Soft Soft Hard Soft
Kamui Kobayashi Soft Soft Hard
Sebastien Buemi Soft Soft Hard
Michael Schumacher Soft Soft Hard
Jaime Alguersuari Soft Soft Hard Hard
Sergio Perez Hard Soft
Paul di Resta Soft Hard Soft
Pastor Maldonado Soft
Adrian Sutil Soft Hard Hard
Rubens Barrichello Soft Soft Soft Hard
Nick Heidfeld Soft Soft Hard
Heikki Kovalainen Soft Soft
Jarno Trulli Hard Soft Soft
Timo Glock Soft Soft Hard
Jerome d’Ambrosio Soft Hard Hard

Race chart

This graph shows how far each driver was behind the leader on each lap in seconds. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers:

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 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Sebastian Vettel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.558 22.757 2.266 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lewis Hamilton 2.464 3.232 3.419 3.198 3.327 3.156 3.101 2.874 2.246 2.795 2.863 2.756 1.533 0 0 0 6.5 6.513 6.895 7.034 6.958 7.398 7.937 7.261 7.387 7.478 7.42 8.574 9.061 9.156 8.902 11.549 12.276 12.421 12.251 11.812 12.039 9.42 8.753 9.423 9.597 9.599 10.181 11.512 11.554 11.393 11.733 12.047 12.09 12.368 12.807 13.349 14.148 15.281 16.148 17.999 19.667 22.297
Mark Webber 3.358 4.077 4.572 4.702 5.259 5.57 5.968 6.693 6.783 8.459 30.785 38.104 38.067 37.668 38.718 19.176 18.644 19.739 21.451 22.925 23.938 25.196 26.793 27.299 28.52 48.925 55.198 55.433 55.48 55.35 54.439 53.225 52.381 50.984 49.187 25.946 17.252 14.102 13.836 14.976 38.326 45.352 44.535 44.799 44.132 43.267 43.5 43.151 42.154 41.022 40.314 39.052 38.377 37.416 37.641 37.882 37.838 38.171
Jenson Button 6.613 7.746 10.789 11.804 14.74 15.426 16.883 18.367 18.704 20.785 22.512 22.809 22.564 21.662 22.278 5.136 20.979 30.033 53.442 62.298 63.197 64.131 65.962 65.454 65.723 65.568 65.16 65.19 64.647 65.265 64.613 64.267 64.369 64.113 62.904 40.626 51.743 57.737 57.788 57.843 57.946 57.93 57.838 58.222 57.884 57.392 57.631 57.708 56.881 56.794 56.214 55.225 55.283 55.181 54.388 54.715 55.047 54.304
Fernando Alonso 8.035 11.262 13.275 15.827 17.885 18.558 18.959 19.521 19.902 21.383 23.571 43.293 48.407 46.569 45.287 25.537 24.657 24.679 25.619 26.5 27.214 28.466 29.546 29.504 31.28 32.323 54.307 60.094 58.852 57.901 56.275 54.841 53.814 52.299 50.129 26.706 18.124 14.891 15.007 15.571 17.063 36.959 44.201 44.386 43.524 42.695 42.235 41.361 40.138 39.273 38.337 36.907 35.743 35.488 34.118 33.821 33.217 31.772
Vitaly Petrov 4.726 6.083 7.332 8.258 9.641 10.609 11.471 12.249 12.366 13.409 14.351 15.605 15.605 14.24 14.524 16.28 23.077 23.312 24.254 25.413 25.974 27.231 28.278 28.555 30.43 31.031 30.738 30.888 30.656 31.081 31.136 31.785 32.188 31.73 31.083 31.703 32.002 29.635 29.292 29.475 30.202 30.308 30.587 31.599 31.955 32.619 33.018 33.432 33.889 33.828 33.71 32.781 32.765 32.74 31.905 32.135 31.739 30.56
Nico Rosberg 7.231 10.033 12.756 15.763 20.258 22.509 24.626 26.713 28.164 29.613 31.041 33.001 33.71 33.328 34.615 36.815 46.703 49.832 52.825 55.384 57.599 61.115
Felipe Massa 6.087 7.566 10.517 11.614 13.984 15.079 16.581 17.877 18.506 20.424 24.454 26.214 46.576 52.309 52.081 32.791 32.158 33.84 35.653 37.259 38.26 39.497 41.163 41.373 42.528 43.924 45.432 47.233 49.088 51.299 73.332 81.694 82.165 81.938 80.942 59.089 51.027 48.658 49.459 50.22 51.287 51.961 53.098 54.744 55.605 56.314 57.558 80.093 86.296 85.015 84.236 85.605 87.753 87.167 85.215 85.023 85.31 85.186
Kamui Kobayashi 7.787 11.899 14.669 17.514 20.805 23.502 27.681 29.664 30.849 32.768 34.685 36.35 37.499 37.324 40.054 42.834 50.353 51.418 53.491 55.769 59.132 61.898 65.181 65.273 67.066 68.4 69.498 70.758 71.583 72.609 73.325 93.834 101.977 101.845 100.517 78.027 69.787 67.494 67.683 68.099 68.986 70.34 70.978 71.952 72.451 72.482 72.92 73.066 72.976 72.94 72.451 72.496 73.062 74.093 73.972 76.275 76.988 76.872
Sebastien Buemi 13.012 15.405 17.492 19.495 22.585 25.158 28.888 31.504 32.874 34.792 36.602 39.912 41.157 41.016 64.745 52.817 54.674 55.695 58.028 60.373 62.183 64.086 68.492 69.302 69.958 70.799 71.805 72.967 93.044 103.46 104.486 104.782 105.312 105.399 105.243 82.649 74.307 72.014 72.169 72.855 74.121 75.369 76.044 77.036 77.586 77.904 78.758 79.635 81.504 82.865 83.949 85.31 87.538 92.522 94.317 97.402 100.392
Michael Schumacher 63.319 73.34 77.229 80.488 83.985 86.961 90.253 95.398 98.922 104.866 109.68 112.2 113.821 117.158 122.248 107.2 131.347 141.804 146.153
Jaime Alguersuari 35.77 43.423 44.003 44.344 45.322 46.287 49.121 51.185 51.827 53.238 55.63 57.802 59.068 59.469 61.656 45.218 69.865 80.574 83.318 85.465 87.268 88.736 93.471 94.478 96.309 99.982 102.119 104.527 106.871 109.294 111.378 113.543 116.217 118.404 144.327 130.456 124.224 121.752 121.469 121.626 121.953 122.06 122.706 123.606 124.6 125.148 126.121 127.099 128.684 132.25 133.82 134.884 136.529 139.225 141.471 146.648 150.61
Sergio Perez 14.554 19.124 22.627 25.441 29.098 32.662 35.454 38.292 43.22 47.154 49.131 50.975 52.182 54.098 55.779 38.518 40.242 43.321 46.926 50.556 54.413 58.546 82.782 92.712 93.16 93.141 92.88 92.817 92.149 92.338 92.148 92.277 92.177 93.081 92.38 71.212 62.54 59.649 58.606 58.602 59.007 59.309 59.319 59.612 59.461 59.031 59.367 60.893 60.797 60.542 61.212 60.927 61.062 61.807 62.444 64.021 65.214 65.845
Paul di Resta 9.453 12.254 15.282 18.031 21.81 24.428 29.509 32.726 34.531 37.966 39.994 42.083 43.573 66.146 73.208 54.671 55.628 57.254 59.598 63.088 65.972 68.028 71.489 73.316 76.901 78.66 80.015 81.69 83.517 85.128 86.311 87.572 89.364 90.249 90.706 92.071 93.302 93.364 94.781 96.192 98.22 99.978 103.308 105.589 107.508 109.325 111.833 113.998 116.241 118.102 120.208 122.18 125.912 129.756 133.276 139.619 145.453
Pastor Maldonado 15.1 20.547 25.377 29.142 32.704 34.694 36.294 38.798 42.079
Adrian Sutil 13.411 16.232 18.186 19.985 23.217 25.833 29.903 33.169 34.898 36.487 37.879 40.448 41.75 41.628 43.395 46.61 56.74 58.195 60.456 64.151 66.672 68.954 72.136 73.739 75.1 76.484 77.939 79.749 81 82.672 83.743 85.066 86.656 87.588 87.875 66.771 79.42 86.258 87.27 88.7 92.813 94.318 95.786 97.621 99.159 100.736 104.371 105.831 107.069 108.274 109.466 110.06 111.163 112.28 112.907 114.524 116.481
Rubens Barrichello 16.862 20.759 23.969 25.73 29.367 31.289 32.943 35.412 37.969 40.632 42.91 44.722 65.472 69.957 69.283 49.854 50.957 52.058 54.118 56.38 58.462 61.528 115.259 124.129 124.472 125.209 125.217 139.134 148.089 150.741 151.185 151.871 153.018 153.353 153.035 134.465 128.391 127.435 129.306 153.84 167.233 170.302 172.445 174.55 175.77 176.796 177.903 181.049
Nick Heidfeld 13.982 17.481 19.835 22.694 25.757 28.814 32.01 34.836 37.491 39.957 42.126 44.263 47.111 48.186 69.318 56.963 57.604 59.333 61.736 64.503 67.576 70.381 74.241 75.588 78.583 80.8 82.495 84.23 86.173 109.945 118.198 119.463 120.609 121.809 124.389 103.544 96.988 96.349 99.65 104.094 106.98 109.368 111.242 114.017 116.667 118.896 121.701 126.312 129.806 134.776 137.704 142.11 147.028 151.615 157.12 161.016 165.588
Heikki Kovalainen 14.774 20.02 24.685 28.51 33.609 37.516 41.121 44.975 48.087 51.755 54.993 58.589 61.177 62.187 64.922 48.12 75.253 85.225 89.125
Jarno Trulli 16.004 22.873 28.615 33.101 37.994 42.975 47.653 52.847 56.865 61.503 65.537 69.314 72.628 75.815 79.869 86.598 98.128 103.3 108.101 112.903 121.34 125.289 130.327 135.184 138.608 141.716 144.253 150.124 157.69 161.276 164.217 167.13 169.993 172.371 177.343 160.654 180.12 194.377 201.125 205.394 208.952 216.24 219.73 223.009 228.849 231.457 234.392 238.373 244.375 246.672 248.615 250.078 252.635 258.481 260.997 265.739
Timo Glock 16.86 23.953 29.62 34.96 40.255 45.321 51.502 56.105 59.677 64.258 68.195 72.086 75.518 77.728 81.036 65.965 69.467 94.014 711.166 735.321 743.293 750.783 756.535 760.795 766.457 771.327 775.738 780.426 787.218 802.068 810.429 818.842 827.451 833.275 838.096 822.607 820.144 822.621 829.737 835.722 844.456 850.768 861.72 872.972 880.234 885.83 895.388 900.706 909.72
Jerome dAmbrosio 16.532 23.487 29.29 34.542 39.882 44.978 50.492 56.744 61.268 66.638 71.7 77.359 87.729 113.633 128.752 119.032 126.917 132.526 139.178 146.751 156.942 165.085 172.049 177.777 185.84 192.81 199.896 206.443 212.367 219.929 225.833 231.718 239.729 248.116 253.965 238.108 238.007 266.291 283.385 289.518 295.917 300.93 307.073 311.752 319.2 323.348 327.718 335.829 340.293 344.517 350.132 354.269 359.705 367.582
  • Timo Glock had to spend a long time in the pits after a problem with a loose wheel.
  • The quickest of the second year teams (Jarno Trulli) was over a minute and a half behind the next car at the end of the race.
  • Lewis Hamilton dropped back quickly from leader Vettel at the end of the race due to his broken floor.
  • Paul di Resta was also told to slow down towards the end of the race to save fuel.
  • Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber weren’t quick enough on their three-stop strategies to beat two-stopping Vitaly Petrov.

Lap chart

This graph shows each driver’s position on each lap. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers:

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

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Sebastian Vettel 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lewis Hamilton 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Mark Webber 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 8 7 7 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Jenson Button 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 6 9 12 12 12 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Fernando Alonso 5 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 12 13 10 9 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Vitaly Petrov 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Nico Rosberg 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 5 5 5 8 9 9 8 8 8 8
Felipe Massa 8 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 11 12 10 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9
Kamui Kobayashi 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 6 6 7 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 11 11 11 11 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Sebastien Buemi 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 8 13 15 12 12 12 11 11 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10
Michael Schumacher 11 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 21 21 20
Jaime Alguersuari 12 21 21 21 21 21 21 19 18 18 17 17 16 15 14 12 11 17 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Sergio Perez 13 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 14 13 11 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Paul di Resta 14 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 12 12 11 10 16 17 16 13 13 13 13 13 13 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Pastor Maldonado 15 16 16 17 17 16 16 16 16 15
Adrian Sutil 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 10 9 9 8 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 11 11 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Rubens Barrichello 17 20 17 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 17 17 15 14 11 11 11 10 9 9 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Nick Heidfeld 18 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 16 17 15 15 15 15 15 15 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Heikki Kovalainen 19 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 17 16 15 14 13 18 17 17
Jarno Trulli 20 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 18 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Timo Glock 21 19 20 20 20 20 20 21 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 16 18 21 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17
Jerome d’Ambrosio 22 18 19 19 19 19 19 20 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 20 20 19 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16

The Sauber drivers were disqualified after the race.

Fastest laps

The Ferrari drivers set the two fastest lap of the race:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.947 55
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’29.487 0.540 49
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.600 0.653 50
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.844 0.897 44
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’29.883 0.936 49
6 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.962 1.015 39
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’30.064 1.117 55
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’30.314 1.367 41
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.384 1.437 51
10 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’30.467 1.520 41
11 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’30.836 1.889 44
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’31.404 2.457 47
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’31.526 2.579 55
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’31.941 2.994 40
15 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’32.377 3.430 43
16 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’32.550 3.603 52
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.503 4.556 21
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’34.102 5.155 7
19 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’34.523 5.576 44
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’34.918 5.971 19
21 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.319 6.372 13
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.789 6.842 48

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103 comments on Lack of KERS no problem for Vettel at start

  1. joseph said on 27th March 2011, 20:26

    if button had taken the inside line into turn one, then he would have been ahead of petrov, easy podium.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th March 2011, 20:51

    Great graphics Keith, interesting stuff.

    Good to see Sauber so high up in the top speed graphic. Just hope it’s genuine, though from what I can gather, it is.

  3. Glenn (@glenn) said on 27th March 2011, 21:41

    Great article as always Keith,

    Now looking at how this race played out, the prospect of Malaysia are looking great.

    The Fia must decide where to place the DRS zone.

    They have two very long straights to choose from.
    Redbull will be so vulnerable if they do not get the KERS to work for Malaysia.

    And of course RAIN! Rain will surely play some sort of role throughout the weekend.

    Bring it on!

  4. SuperDavros said on 27th March 2011, 21:54

    Vettell clearly gained an advantage running wide (it is the quickest line) when passing Button. They need to put rumble strips on the outside of that turn

  5. Valentino (@valentino) said on 27th March 2011, 23:39

    It’s off topic, but can anyone explain me this?!

    3.15 Aerodynamic influence :
    With the exception of the driver adjustable bodywork described in Article 3.18 (in addition to minimal parts
    solely associated with its actuation) and the ducts described in Article 11.4, any specific part of the car
    influencing its aerodynamic performance :
    – must comply with the rules relating to bodywork.
    – must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car (rigidly secured means not having any degree of freedom).
    – must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car.
    Any device or construction that is designed to bridge the gap between the sprung part of the car and the ground is prohibited under all circumstances.
    No part having an aerodynamic influence and no part of the bodywork, with the exception of the skid block in 3.13 above, may under any circumstances be located below the reference plane.
    With the exception of the parts necessary for the adjustment described in Article 3.18, any car system,
    device or procedure which uses, or is suspected of using, driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited.

    http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg640/scaled.php?tn=0&server=640&filename=wnxw.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

    • Willl (@willl) said on 28th March 2011, 9:41

      Valentino – That’s a good spot.
      No doubt the wing has passed scrutineering, and has been subject to deflection tests. There’s no doubt however that the wing is closer to the ground than the reference plane. My view is that
      1. It’s legal (if it has indeed been fully scrutineered, and I have no reason to believe it wouldn’t be)
      2. It’s time to update the deflection tests, so that they are representative of the real world use of the part.

  6. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 28th March 2011, 1:41

    The one thing that ruined the race for me was the inconsistency of the stewards. Three passes were made off the track, only one was punished. Maybe you should run a vote keith to see what the general consensus is!

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 28th March 2011, 8:23

      You are correct and I don’t care who the drivers are it makes no difference, neither does being on the inside or outside of the track. The rules do not say you can leave the track on the outside, in fact they say you can’t, you must be between the white line (or yellow in OZ)

    • Mads (@mads) said on 28th March 2011, 13:23

      The stewards were inconsistent but on the same time consistent with their inconsistency. No driver were punished for overtaking outside the track but overtaking on the inside was punished. It has been that way for a lot of years now. The drivers should be aware that overtaking on the inside is going to be punished no matter how much he felt he was being forced off the track.
      They could easily make a high curb there to stop the drivers re designing the track whenever they want to.

  7. Dave Blanc said on 28th March 2011, 9:02

    Great analysis Keith. THANK YOU and keep it up!

  8. Eggry (@eggry) said on 28th March 2011, 11:23

    Keith, I have script error in IE9(IE8 compatible mode. because I can’t see flash chart on IE9 mode).

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 28th March 2011, 11:23

      I mean this page. the rest is OK.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th March 2011, 11:30

      The charts don’t use Flash, they use Javascript.

      • Eggry (@eggry) said on 28th March 2011, 14:44

        I mean why I use IE8 compatible mode is Flash. not this page. I just want to tell my configuration. Anyway, Javascript error and IE9 crash.

        • Mr draw said on 28th March 2011, 18:59

          I think I have the same problem: the charts aren’t displayed in IE 9. I thought it should be something with Flash Player, as Flash Player is not yet available for IE 9, but according to Keith that’s not the case. So my question is: what else could have caused this display-issue?

          • gDog (@gdog) said on 30th March 2011, 0:06

            In IE8 for me, the charts are *incredibly* slow and actually cause the browser to hang for 30 seconds, sometimes when just trying to scroll the page. Doesn’t happen on normal articles without the charts. If I try and uncheck any of the check boxes on the chart I might as well go and make myself a cup of tea while I wait for it to update. I dont actually drink tea, but if I did, that’d be what I would do ;)

            This is on a pretty decent spec machine (dual 2.7, 4GB).

  9. I think Redbull could find themselves on the back foot on the tracks were KERS is more advantageous. It seemed to me they were a bit harder on their tires than Mclaren even without running the KERS. I expect the degradation to be be far worse when/if they do run it. Redbull definately quicker on new tires but this seems to be cancelled out by Mclaren being quicker towards the end of a stint, just a shame we didn’t get to see how quicker due to Hamiltons problem after his second pit stop.

  10. Mr draw said on 28th March 2011, 19:09

    Did anyone mention the fact that the Red Bulls were starting on the racing line? I think that’s why their getaways were relatively good.

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