Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Sepang, 2011

Two more retirements “not acceptable” at Williams

2011 Malaysian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A frustrating start to 2011 continued at Williams as neither car finished again in Sepang.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 15 18
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’38.163 (-0.113) 1’38.276
Race position
Laps 22/56 8/56
Pit stops 2 0

Williams drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

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
Rubens Barrichello 118.865 110.03 171.696 135.217 108.949 107.345 106.083 106.116 106.1 105.516 107.056 106.866 106.752 108.52 107.6 109.053 116.058 126.386 105.706 105.694 105.953 125.988
Pastor Maldonado 120.256 108.862 108.662 106.036 105.689 108.326 107.825 120.529
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Sepang, 2011
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Sepang, 2011

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello was disappointed after qualifying 15th, then picking up a puncture at the start of the race following contact with Adrian Sutil.

Barrichello had to drag his car around an entire lap before getting the tyre replaced. He dropped out with an hydraulic leak after just 22 laps. The team later discovered the problem was related to the lap he’d driven with a puncture.

He said: “This wasn?t the start of the season I was hoping for and we need to improve.

“Right now we don?t have a reliable car and we?re playing catch up, but the team back home are pushing hard to get things resolved and bring performance to the car”

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado was eliminated in Q1 but was not far off his team mate’s pace – if he’d found another tenth of a second he’d have knocked Barrichello out.

On the third lap his car developed a misfire and he had to retire.

Sam Michael said their performance was “well below expectations in many areas” and “not acceptable”.

He added: “We also have some promising improvements coming through for Shanghai and Istanbul and we need to see how these perform.” These include a new exhaust which Barrichello will run.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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