2011 Chinese Grand Prix first practice analysis

2011 Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Shanghai, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Shanghai, 2011

First practice sessions tends to raise more questions than they answer and today’s was no exception.

Are Red Bull really as far ahead as they seemed to be? Sebastian Vettel had two seconds in hand over Lewis Hamilton.

They were comfortably fastest in first practice in Sepang last week but never had that kind of margin again through the rest of the weekend.

Here’s the data from the first practice session in Shanghai.

Longest stint comparison

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sebastian Vettel 104.838 106.001 100.922 105.014 100.193 99.54
Mark Webber 105.221 105.388 105.338 105.086 104.828 104.699 104.953 108.106 105.446
Lewis Hamilton 104.106 111.736 107.213 107.331 106.719
Jenson Button 104.297 103.842 103.49 103.484 103.12 103.562 103.543
Fernando Alonso 102.464 101.434 105.5 105.412
Felipe Massa 101.083 110.584 101.067 108.15 107.366 101.493 101.392
Michael Schumacher 102.644 102.301 102.357 107.254 105.227 105.389 104.034 106.706 106.37
Nico Rosberg 101.972 101.64 101.764 103.553 101.566 101.361
Nick Heidfeld 101.431 100.987
Vitaly Petrov 107.287 109.261 101.231 101.727 103.469 101.857
Rubens Barrichello 106.336 106.618 108.585 102.951 102.812 111.842 110.382
Pastor Maldonado 106.059 104.692 102.783 122.219 102.399 102.105
Nico H?â??lkenberg 105.824 102.891 102.136 107.195 101.494
Paul di Resta 119.165 103.281 101.922 102.102 110.015 101.61
Kamui Kobayashi 105.21 105.822 104.757 106.215
Sergio Perez 110.106 109.114 101.314 102.151 101.709 106.318 105.343
Sebastien Buemi 106.489 102.418 102.206 107.62 103.181
Daniel Ricciardo 105.06 103.498 103.438 102.842 101.953
Heikki Kovalainen 109.248 102.854 102.16 107.317 101.579
Luiz Razia 109.827 106.094 107.345 105.415 108.861 104.542
Narain Karthikeyan 105.249 106.567 107.111 105.019
Vitantonio Liuzzi 108.923 106.825 105.373
Timo Glock 110.259 112.308 105.294 104.784 104.438 108.4
Jerome d’Ambrosio 107.037 105.377 104.595 104.353 104.089 104.182

Ultimate lap times

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.614 0.125
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.239 0.625 0.115
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.794 2.180 0.146
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.839 2.225 0.006
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.841 2.227 0.205
6 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.931 2.317 0.056
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.069 2.455 0.162
8 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’41.134 2.520 0.088
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.136 2.522 0.053
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.141 2.527 0.220
11 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.256 2.642 0.072
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.287 2.673 0.147
13 14 Nico H?â??lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.494 2.880 0.000
14 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.499 2.885 0.111
15 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’41.579 2.965 0.000
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.639 3.025 0.113
17 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’41.861 3.247 0.078
18 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.141 3.527 0.160
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.528 4.914 0.264
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.900 5.286 0.189
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.297 5.683 0.062
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.438 5.824 0.000
23 21 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1’44.503 5.889 0.039
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’44.883 6.269 0.136

Complete practice times

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.739 1/5 56 23
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.354 0.615 3/3 61 27
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.845 2.106 4/4 29 21
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.940 2.201 1/4 54 22
5 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.987 2.248 2/2 61 4
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.046 2.307 7/7 39 25
7 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.189 2.450 4/4 43 20
8 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’41.222 2.483 1/2 77 19
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.231 2.492 3/6 87 16
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.328 2.589 2/4 88 21
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.361 2.622 6/6 75 23
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.434 2.695 2/4 76 15
13 14 Nico H?â??lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.494 2.755 5/5 42 20
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’41.579 2.840 5/5 49 13
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.610 2.871 6/6 46 18
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.752 3.013 1/4 87 20
17 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’41.939 3.200 3/4 62 25
18 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.301 3.562 2/9 76 23
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.792 5.053 1/3 61 20
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.089 5.350 5/6 52 20
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.359 5.620 2/2 71 17
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.438 5.699 5/6 91 11
23 21 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1’44.542 5.803 6/6 39 9
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’45.019 6.280 4/4 93 23

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21 comments on 2011 Chinese Grand Prix first practice analysis

  1. Todfod (@todfod) said on 15th April 2011, 8:43

    Vettel style pole position on the post.. more than a second quicker than anyone else

  2. Keith

    Have only just noticed this feature on your site (is it new?) Absolutely brilliant!

    CT

  3. lol. That’ll teach me to pay more bloody attention then! Keep up the excellent work Keith

  4. Andy Bright said on 15th April 2011, 9:47

    Novice Question I Know. How many cars actually qualify for the race please ?

  5. Faraz (@faraz) said on 15th April 2011, 10:21

    Just noticed that Hulkenberg has been consistently been faster than Di Resta the whole of this session…………..

    • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 15th April 2011, 14:32

      Yeah I noticed that too. And di Resta is doing a good job against Sutil who I praise a lot, and if I’m right regarding this praise, then these three is a very very good driver line-up for Force India.

  6. wigster (@wigster) said on 15th April 2011, 11:23

    Is there any reason as to why the second (or third) Team lotus reserve driver wasn’t in Kovalainens car in 1st practice?

  7. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 15th April 2011, 14:30

    I tried to get something from longest stints comparison but I found very few drivers who were actually put in 8-10 laps of running in a consistent manner (which I think indicates that it really is a tyre evaluation test, or a race setup test etc.).

    And those who did gave verystrange results, namely an upside down pecking order which is obviously not possible unless we assume that the Williamses and Co. have run their respective longer stints on a cleaner track.

    And this could very well be the case as we saw that track is especially dirty.

    Not much to read into so far.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th April 2011, 14:49

    This looks like a good showing from Razia, a respectable time all things considered. Ricciardo is miles behind Buemi though.

    Still, it’s only practise!

  9. Anon said on 15th April 2011, 17:33

    What are the units on that graph?

  10. metalhead013 (@metalhead013) said on 15th April 2011, 21:54

    is there a way you can compare more than only longest stints? ie you select a driver and then select one of his stints (or several stints)… that would be great, would give better picture…

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