Pastor Maldonado, Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Melbourne, 2011

Unreliability and driver errors hold Williams back

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams made a disastrous start to 2011 with both cars qualifying towards the back of the field and being hit by unreliability.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 17 15
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’26.768
Race position
Laps 48/58 9/58
Pit stops 3 0

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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
Rubens Barrichello 114.971 96.903 95.923 94.564 95.979 94.527 94.156 95.006 95.797 95.235 94.947 94.714 114.448 99.002 92.512 92.61 94.169 92.911 93.078 93.317 93.37 94.15 144.606 101.11 92.042 92.065 91.576 105.03 100.294 93.706 92.151 92.297 92.553 92.206 92.279 95.167 93.247 92.676 92.876 115.064 103.533 93.488 92.646 91.949 91.69 91.695 91.404 93.617
Pastor Maldonado 113.209 98.453 97.543 96.568 95.904 94.595 94.102 95.041 96.521
Pastor Maldonado, Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Melbourne, 2011
Pastor Maldonado, Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Melbourne, 2011

Rubens Barrichello

Having been fifth in the first practice session on Friday, Barrichello’s Q1 pace showed he had the potential to make the top ten.

But he spun off early in Q2 at turn three – where he would come to grief several times during the weekend. That ended his session and left him 17th on the grid.

At the start of the race he was squeezed into the same gravel trap but kept going and was soon after 14th. He had to make an early pit stop with a slow leak on a front tyre which delayed him further.

Barrichello recovered with a gutsy move on Kamui Kobayashi for ninth at turn three. Two laps later, while trying to keep clear of a counter-attack, he braked too late at turn three and crashed into Nico Rosberg.

He was handed a drive-through penalty and later retired with a transmission failure.

Barrichello said: “I had a good rhythm going and was doing quite a lot of overtaking until the incident with Rosberg.

“I wasn?t planning on overtaking him at that point, I was defending from Kobayashi. I think we have one tyre with grip and one with less and so we have different braking points. Rosberg braked earlier, and was already in the middle of the corner before I could stop the car.”

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado never got within two seconds of Barrichello during practice.

He slipped back from his grid position of 15th at the start and had just recovered the position from Sergio Perez when his transmission failed.

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