Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Melbourne, 2011

Ferrari look for answers on missing pace

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari were one-and-a-half seconds slower than Red Bull in qualifying and needed an extra pit stop in the race.

Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa
Qualifying position 5 8
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’24.974 (-0.625) 1’25.599
Race position 4 7
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 3 3

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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
Fernando Alonso 106.144 96.233 94.726 95.355 94.4 93.278 92.903 93.099 93.621 94.053 94.857 112.624 98.812 92.679 91.904 92.289 92.186 91.832 91.958 91.936 92.002 92.336 91.955 92.198 93.475 92.371 113.552 96.9 90.097 90.103 90.081 90.177 90.379 90.356 90.427 90.314 90.739 90.399 91.121 91.094 91.632 110.315 97.745 90.029 89.608 89.84 89.837 89.597 89.487 89.867 89.937 89.657 89.507 90.401 89.529 89.665 89.912 90.501
Felipe Massa 104.196 94.485 95.664 93.9 94.712 93.7 94.004 93.833 93.869 94.49 96.699 94.662 114.06 100.25 92.958 92.749 92.433 93.492 92.831 92.661 92.289 92.321 92.541 92.45 92.854 92.724 93.076 92.914 93.194 93.265 113.74 99.973 91.877 91.644 91.601 91.884 91.259 91.263 91.806 91.291 91.207 91.093 91.64 91.49 91.331 91.378 91.541 113.006 96.913 89.451 90.094 92.456 92.819 90.07 88.947 89.77 90.803 91.822

Fernando Alonso

For the second year in a row Alonso went into the first corner at Melbourne side-by-side with Jenson Button and it didn’t work out for him – although at least this time he didn’t end up facing oncoming traffic.

Alonso was edged wide onto the grass and slipped back from fifth to tenth.

He quickly mounted a comeback, picking off Kamui Kobayashi by going to long way around turn 11 on lap two. Then he used his DRS to take Nico Rosberg on the outside of turn one.

Alonso rapidly closed in on the battle for fifth between his team mate and Button. When Button made his ill-fated passing attempt Alonso pounced on his delayed team mate and made it through. But by now his tyres were going off and he made his first pit stop on the next lap.

He moved up to fifth which became fourth when Mark Webber made a mistake on a later out-lap, allowing Alonso to jump him in the pits.

Despite pressure from (the KERS-less) Webber, Alonso reeled in Vitaly Petrov in the closing laps, but ran out of time to mount an attack on the Renault driver.

Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Melbourne, 2011
Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Melbourne, 2011

Felipe Massa

Only a late improvement spared Massa the embarrassment of being eliminated in the first part of qualifying. After that scare he made it into Q3 and lined up eighth.

A good start put him fifth but he came under huge pressure from Button and had to defend so much he lost between one and three seconds per lap to leader Sebastian Vettel.

After Button went off the track trying to pass him, Massa lost his place to Alonso. After their first pit stops Massa lost further ground to his team mate.

Massa tried to make it to the end of the race by taking on hard tyres at his second pit stop, but gave up after being passed by Button and pitted for more softs. That dropped him to tenth, after which he passed Sebastien Buemi for ninth and was promoted two more places by the disqualification of the Saubers.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali said the team simply didn’t have as much downforce as they expected to: “We will have to study everything carefully to work out what prevented us from being as competitive as we had expected this weekend.

“Then we will have to react immediately, starting with the next race in Malaysia. One of the main themes is the level of downforce at the front: we must find out why we did not get on track what was predicted by the data.”

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