Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Vettel still has race stint advantage over Webber

2011 Chinese GP FP2 analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

The second practice session showed Sebastian Vettel is still able to run longer and faster in a race stint than team mate Mark Webber – and pretty much everyone else.

The Ferrari of Felipe Massa showed good race stint performance while team mate Fernando Alonso was delayed by a technical problem. But the red cars still seem to lack qualifying performance.

Here’s all the data from the second practice session.

Longest stint comparison

This chart shows the drivers’ lap times in their longest individual stint. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers.

  • Vettel’s 17-lap stint in the high 1’43s and low 1’44s looks by far the strongest
  • Vettel’s later stint on soft tyres is not shown on this chart. He lapped in the 1’43s to begin with and dipped into the 1’42s over eight laps
  • Webber’s later stint was closer to Vettel’s pace
  • Massa did a shorter but competitive-looking run, albeit with a couple of spikes possibly due to traffic
  • Jenson Button’s stint at the end of the session was around one second per lap off Vettel’s pace
  • Nick Heidfeld’s stint compared favourable with Button’s as well

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
Sebastian Vettel 104.959 104.194 103.753 104.687 104.493 104.462 104.231 104.16 104.186 103.956 104.062 103.795 103.837 103.297 104.006 104.084 103.824
Mark Webber 106.433 105.802 105.33 105.024 105.051 104.694 104.775 104.633 104.425 104.732 104.726 105.179 105.329
Lewis Hamilton 105.737 105.41 105.07 105.712 105.867 105.516
Jenson Button 105.115 104.702 104.641 104.797 104.408 104.161 105.526 104.676
Fernando Alonso 101.512 101.043 105.697 100.258
Felipe Massa 103.971 103.202 106.933 103.822 103.498 103.726 109.671 103.814 104.082 108.164
Michael Schumacher 104.592 104.888 104.875 105.232 105.432 104.998 104.914 105.042 105.461 105.12 105.835 105.179
Nico Rosberg 109.608 104.53 104.707 104.561 104.544 104.73 104.879 104.833 104.974 105.421 105.968
Nick Heidfeld 104.759 104.444 104.361 104.461 104.927 104.849
Vitaly Petrov 105.796 105.563 105.35 105.501 106.413 104.666 105.051 106.274
Rubens Barrichello 105.35 104.827 105.002 106.139 107.71 104.816 109.869 105.276 105.287 105.526 108.481 107.012 107.592
Pastor Maldonado 106.33 105.698 105.384 105.183 107.623 105.008 106.062 105.627 105.849 105.866 106.495 107.014 109.057
Adrian Sutil 105.123 104.751 104.718 104.855 104.694 104.709 104.56 104.786
Paul di Resta
Kamui Kobayashi 104.702 104.508 104.676 104.359 104.585 105.084 104.739 104.618
Sergio Perez 106.062 105.88 106.493 106.421 106.233 105.837 106.013 106.596 109.197 109.414
Sebastien Buemi 103.655 106.538 102.069 102.27 104.077 101.76
Jaime Alguersuari 105.578 105.863 105.544 106.514 105.938 105.408 105.795
Heikki Kovalainen 106.578 106.795 106.1 106.929 105.979 106.372 106.675 107.385
Jarno Trulli 106.18 105.521 105.861 105.845 106.173 106.18 107.932 105.561
Narain Karthikeyan 107.511 107.082 107.232 108.624 108.249 108.464 107.06 108.751 107.301
Vitantonio Liuzzi 103.85
Timo Glock 106.461 105.664 105.207 104.953
Jerome d’Ambrosio 108.309 106.427 106.071 106.955 106.503 105.498 105.508 105.245 105.432 105.233 105.12 105.045 105.691 105.577 105.534 105.74 106.267 106.031

Ultimate lap times

An ultimate lap is a driver’s best three sector times combined.

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.623 0.065
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.854 0.231 0.000
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.870 0.247 0.065
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.943 0.320 0.000
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.105 0.482 0.000
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.472 0.849 0.035
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’38.688 1.065 0.171
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.735 1.112 0.000
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’38.805 1.182 0.000
10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.182 1.559 0.145
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.508 1.885 0.030
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.590 1.967 0.189
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’39.655 2.032 0.012
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.771 2.148 0.000
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.801 2.178 0.027
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.819 2.196 0.134
17 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.906 2.283 0.019
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’40.476 2.853 0.000
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.344 3.721 0.138
20 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’42.887 5.264 0.015
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.753 6.130 0.255
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.850 6.227 0.000
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.697 7.074 0.050

Complete practice times

  • The fastest lap was 1.4 seconds slower than the quickest time from Friday last year – not as large a gap as there was in Malaysia
  • Timo Glock’s Virgin was outside the theoretical 107% time by 0.2s. But he had car trouble and the front runners are unlikely to use soft tyres in Q1
  • Ferrari’s single-lap performance is still a weakness
  • It’s early days but Mercedes appear to be in better shape following their problems in the first two races
  • Perhaps significantly, both HRTs were faster than both Virgins
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.688 3/3 65 34
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.854 0.166 1/1 61 22
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.935 0.247 1/3 62 31
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.943 0.255 1/1 39 34
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.105 0.417 1/1 57 29
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.507 0.819 1/3 32 36
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.735 1.047 1/3 62 35
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’38.805 1.117 2/2 68 25
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’38.859 1.171 3/3 65 31
10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.327 1.639 1/2 54 33
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.538 1.850 1/2 55 33
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’39.667 1.979 1/3 22 37
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.771 2.083 1/3 45 18
14 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.779 2.091 1/3 35 17
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.828 2.140 1/3 41 25
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.925 2.237 1/3 48 32
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.953 2.265 1/3 52 30
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’40.476 2.788 2/3 59 30
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.482 3.794 3/3 63 32
20 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’42.902 5.214 1/3 45 25
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.850 6.162 1/1 91 3
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.008 6.320 2/4 88 35
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.747 7.059 3/3 34 12
24 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time 0

Maximum speeds

  • With the Kinetic Energy Recovery System and Drag Reduction System, the cars are faster on the long straight than they were in last year’s race, where Lewis Hamilton hit a maximum of 318kph (197.59mph)
  • Sebastien Buemi was by far the fastest, hitting 324kph (201.32mph)
# Driver Car Engine Speed Gap
1 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 324.9
2 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 319.3 5.6
3 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 319.1 5.8
4 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 318.3 6.6
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 317.4 7.5
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 316.5 8.4
7 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 315.8 9.1
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 315.8 9.1
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 315.7 9.2
10 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 314.5 10.4
11 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 314.5 10.4
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 314 10.9
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 314 10.9
14 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 313.8 11.1
15 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 312.8 12.1
16 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 312.2 12.7
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 312.2 12.7
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 311.5 13.4
19 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 308.3 16.6
20 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 308 16.9
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 307.4 17.5
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 307.2 17.7
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 306.3 18.6

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