Red Bull show superior performance in race stints

2011 Malaysian GP second practice analysis

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Sepang, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Sepang, 2011

Red Bull seem to be able to look after their tyres better than their rivals in Malaysia.

However it was clear from the radio chatter during the session that Mark Webber was unhappy with rear tyre degradation. He wasn’t able to preserve his tyres as long as Vettel in Melbourne and may have the same problem here.

It remains to be seen whether both RB7s were using KERS all the time. The energy recovery device can cause increased rear tyre wear.

The team will decide tonight whether to run it in the rest of the weekend.

Longest stint comparison

  • The Red Bull appears to have the best performance over a stint. Compare Sebastian Vettel’s run with Jenson Button’s below to see.
  • Lewis Hamilton said the tyres aren’t lasting as long as they did in Melbourne and he expects a three-stop race.

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Sebastian Vettel 104.041 104.042 104.046 104.379 104.268 104.216 104.661 104.431 104.438 105.489 103.993 105.206
Mark Webber 105.664 104.138 103.585 103.753 103.666 103.545 104.455 104.881 105.661
Lewis Hamilton 104.539 104.175 104.223 104.477 105.583 106.03
Jenson Button 106.384 105.451 104.58 104.503 104.074 104.49 104.68 104.588 104.758 105.975 106.938 108.748
Fernando Alonso 105.605 106.684 105.91 106.38 107.834 112.009
Felipe Massa 103.538 103.754 113.541 103.584 104.307 104.83 105.519 113.944 107.014
Michael Schumacher 106.076 107.463 109.146 111.762
Nico Rosberg 104.974 105.14 105.992 106.997 110.369
Nick Heidfeld 104.062 104.704 117.833 104.958 106.249 107.037 107.641 112.492
Vitaly Petrov 106.642 106.216 107.174 138.412
Rubens Barrichello 106.771 106.246 106.403 106.058 106.11 106.553 112.372 106.792 107.964
Pastor Maldonado 107.061 107.033 106.027 106.358 106.7 110.17 108.422
Adrian Sutil 104.614 104.653 107.645 104.763 106.384 105.804 106.575
Paul di Resta 103.828 104.058 104.906 106.128 109.326 107.994 111.335 112.676
Kamui Kobayashi 105.884 104.078 104.825 104.62 105.252
Sergio Perez 105.229 104.622 104.585 104.853 104.922 105.306 105.372 105.679 106.664 107.307 111.478 108.378 109.505
Sebastien Buemi 104.3 105.4 102.761 103.091 102.733 102.607
Jaime Alguersuari 104.848 106.168 106.136 106.479 107.015 108.737 110.449
Heikki Kovalainen 105.118 104.886
Jarno Trulli 108.918 108.767 124.529
Narain Karthikeyan 106.75 108.425 106.189 105.6
Vitantonio Liuzzi 107.453 110.776 106.123 106.153
Timo Glock 105.737 105.374 105.144 106.341 106.8 106.297 106.21 107.81
Jerome d’Ambrosio

Ultimate lap times

  • Ferrari are a little closer to the pace than they appear to be – Fernando Alonso was delayed by Jarno Trulli during his quickest lap.
  • Trulli also felt his fastest lap was spoiled by traffic and believes he can improve.
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.876 0.000
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.881 0.005 0.000
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.010 0.134 0.000
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.090 0.214 0.000
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.047 1.171 0.042
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.088 1.212 0.000
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.187 1.311 0.396
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.434 1.558 0.131
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’38.537 1.661 0.033
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.846 1.970 0.000
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’38.968 2.092 0.000
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.159 2.283 0.108
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.187 2.311 0.000
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.248 2.372 0.150
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.509 2.633 0.116
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.603 2.727 0.000
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.754 2.878 0.055
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.853 2.977 0.262
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.866 3.990 0.000
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.849 4.973 0.041
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.127 6.251 0.070
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.991 7.115 0.000
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.869 7.993 0.017

Complete practice times

  • Encouragingly for Renault, despite missing much of the session while their cars were repaired, Nick Heidfeld managed the ninth fastest time and did it on the fourth lap of his stint.
  • HRT showed they have the potential to beat the 107% time in qualifying. Narain Karthikeyan was half-a-second quicker than the 107% time based on the quickest time in second practice.
  • Unusually, the two Mercedes had among the lowest top speeds at the speed trap. Nick Heidfeld was quickest at 307.9kph – the fastest Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was over 11kph slower and Michael Schumacher was another 5kph behind.
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.876 1/1 44 24
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.881 0.005 1/1 53 30
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.010 0.134 1/3 68 23
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.090 0.214 1/4 43 30
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.088 1.212 1/3 40 26
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.089 1.213 1/3 57 31
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.565 1.689 3/3 61 25
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’38.570 1.694 4/4 65 16
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.583 1.707 3/4 61 27
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.846 1.970 1/3 41 31
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’38.968 2.092 1/2 22 24
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.187 2.311 1/2 32 30
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.267 2.391 1/3 74 17
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.398 2.522 1/3 57 29
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.603 2.727 2/2 59 34
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.625 2.749 3/3 61 31
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.809 2.933 3/3 71 28
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.115 3.239 2/3 49 31
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.866 3.990 1/2 67 24
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.890 5.014 3/3 66 19
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.197 6.321 1/2 57 15
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.991 7.115 2/2 92 13
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.886 8.010 2/2 8 4

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71 comments on Red Bull show superior performance in race stints

  1. RIISE (@riise) said on 8th April 2011, 14:04

    Did anyone find out what was wrong with Nahrain’s HRT? Spurts of smoke were constantly coming out when he put down the power. Strange stuff…

  2. F1Lover said on 8th April 2011, 14:47

    I don’t believe in any of those stats and theories…I said before the first race that people were gonna be surprised as most people were thinking that Ferrari should stronger than Mclaren…

    At the race the driving style is always different from the one during practice.

  3. DaveW said on 8th April 2011, 14:52

    The graphs tell me that RBR and VMM tire use is comparable. Webber vs. Button goes to Button as Webber went off the cliff much faster. Vettel v. Button is a close call because Vettel was much faster out of the gates, but could not sustain that edge. Not clear who could have gone longer into the teens laps. On this point, here is an interesting comparison to Hamilton, who went out quick and lost the tires quicker. It could be McLaren needs to dial in the right starting pace to determine the ultimate tire performance. It could be a close race tomorrow.

    Ferrari are in trouble. So is Mercedes. However, it seems that only RBR and VMM are not destroying their tires straight away, so their misery will have company.

    But, take a look at Perez. His absolute pace is not stellar, but by lap 12, he’s quicker than Button.

    • F1Lover said on 8th April 2011, 14:58

      So should we say that Perez ability to look after the tyres at Melbourne was real skills and not just luck?

      I can’t wait for the start on sunday…hope it doesn’t rain before the start though.

  4. Toro Stevo said on 8th April 2011, 15:27

    Nothing in these practice runs makes me think that the gulf between Vettel and Webber will close. Webber’s tyres went off laps earlier than Seb’s – and over race distance that makes all the difference. I hope he can close it, but I don’t think he will. And given the rumours that only Vettel was running the bulky KERS system (I didn’t see the coverage, being stuck at work), it could be another bloodbath.

    I was worried when I saw Webber blaming the car a fortnight ago. As a driver, the first step should be to ensure that your driving is top notch first. If the car isn’t up to scratch that will come out in the wash, but the only thing you can control as a driver is your own driving. Blaming the car, particularly the car which is one of the best in the field, is just poor form.

    I’m a painted on Aussie Webber fan – I hope he can pull it together but I fear otherwise given his comments. At least he’s been positive though, and he does have more points than after the first race last year.

    • Aussie Fan said on 9th April 2011, 5:16

      Yawn, there must have been a problem, Vettel has NEVER beaten Webber by anything like the 1 second per lap he had at Melbourne… Guys don’t just suddenly get a second a lap faster against the same teammate they were racing for the last 2 seasons, not last time I checked anyway.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 8th April 2011, 18:48

    Plenty to digest here! Looks like Webber is on top form this weekend.

  6. huytoante (@huytoante) said on 9th April 2011, 9:00

    I don’t understand the graph, what is horizontal/vertical axis?

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