Williams: First finish of 2011 but no points

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The two FW33s saw the chequered flag but were almost half a minute outside the points.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 15 17
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’36.465 (-0.491) 1’36.956
Race position 13 18
Laps 56/56 55/56
Pit stops 2 3

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 115.259 107.035 105.837 107.628 105.598 105.778 105.709 107.515 106.939 106.166 105.462 105.947 105.167 105.962 106.861 111.418 122.447 103.996 103.945 104.511 103.553 103.724 103.648 104.185 104.125 103.744 104.066 104.749 104.221 104.191 104.467 103.974 104.654 105.024 110.154 121.772 103.718 103.419 103.315 103.581 103.028 102.772 102.421 102.253 102.031 102.576 103.004 102.93 103.577 103.328 103.639 104.127 103.961 104.53 105.46 105.314
Pastor Maldonado 116.942 107.149 106.42 106.252 106.904 105.92 106.748 108.051 109.351 114.571 124.368 103.874 104.351 105.057 104.194 104.174 104.252 104.329 104.479 104.496 104.654 104.382 105.26 105.476 110.498 121.529 103.123 103.203 103.341 103.119 103.225 103.171 103.986 104.433 104.622 104.944 105.045 105.712 105.839 111.506 129.253 102.124 102.661 103.307 102.084 101.702 101.802 102.214 104.755 102.869 103.039 103.187 104.175 104.162 104.079
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Shanghai, 2011

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Shanghai, 2011

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello tested a revised exhaust in practice, but it wasn’t used for the rest of the weekend.

Sam Michael said: “We saw some quite positive signs during the traction phase, but unfortunately we had some reliability issues with parts of the floor burning and subsequently causing degradation of aero performance.”

With the original parts back on his car Barrichello qualified 15th and pitted twice on his way to 13th in a low-key race.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado

Spun in first practice and was left waiting a long time to be recovered.

Qualified 17th and ran an almost symmetrical three-stop strategy, using hard tyres for the last two stints.

He ended the race 18th having fallen eight seconds behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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27 comments on Williams: First finish of 2011 but no points

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 18th April 2011, 14:42

    For a GP2 champion, I’m not really overwhelmed by Pastor Maldonado. In fact, I’m barely even whelmed at all. He hasn’t done anything positive of note, having been the first of the regular runners eliminated in Australia, the first retirement of the season and now the first car to finish behind one of the Class of 2010.

    But at the same time, Williams are doing an incredible job of making Rubens Barrichello look silly. All these promises of aggressive designs have finally produced an actual aggressive car, and Williams still manage to go into freefall. It makes me want to punch Sam Michael, but I think stock prices are going to do that for me.

    • Mack41 (@mack41) said on 18th April 2011, 15:11

      Maldonado is the worst of the rookies by far and Rubens makes himself look silly. The car is rubbish and so are the drivers. This season is likely a wash for Williams. I hope they bring in some new blood in a lot of areas next season, especially behind the wheel.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 18th April 2011, 15:21

      Williams are doing an incredible job of making Rubens Barrichello look silly.

      Rubens doesn’t need any help from Williams… he is perfectly capable of doing it all by himself.

      • Mike said on 18th April 2011, 15:40

        I think that’s the most wrong statement you’ve ever said, And you’ve said a few.

        Rubens time and time again proves people wrong, this season will be no different.

        • Ragerod said on 18th April 2011, 16:30

          Maybe he will, but three races in and it looks like one season too many.

          He has nothing to prove and now Williams are the slowest of the midfield runners he isn’t in a position to compete for points. Rubens is driving for the sake of it.

          At this point I’d much prefer to see Hulkenberg in that Williams instead.

        • Mack41 (@mack41) said on 18th April 2011, 20:02

          He’s always been the most average driver on the grid. Don’t see that changing any time soon. The only way I can explain the love for him is cause people feel bad he was Schumi’s numero 2

        • Nick said on 19th April 2011, 9:52

          I don’t think it’s Rubens’ fault my friend…Don’t forget that he’s the real champion with Brawn team, not Button!

    • James_mc (@james_mc) said on 19th April 2011, 21:41

      I’ve not been overly impressed but Hulkenberg wasn’t doing much different at this time last season either. Admittedly he was taken out (not his fault) but I’m pretty sure Maldonano has suffered in that way too

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 18th April 2011, 14:53

    He ended the race 18th having fallen eight seconds behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.

    This is really too much.

    • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 18th April 2011, 15:04

      Meh. Taking into consideration he ran on primes for about half of the race and even Red Bulls struggled on harder tire – it wasn’t so bad. Better strategy and Lotus would only smell Maldonado’s fumes.

      By the way, I love the propaganda of success from Team Lotus. They officially declared joining midfield because Heikki ended in front of bad-strategy driven Maldonado and Perez with penalties. Ridiculous.

      • Mack41 (@mack41) said on 18th April 2011, 15:13

        lol, I ignore everything that comes from that team except for what Heikki and Jarno say since they show the most class in that entire organization.

        • Todfod (@todfod) said on 18th April 2011, 15:24

          Mr.Fernandes is a little positive publicity machince. Trying to make them look better than they are, providing false promises, etc. They aren’t midfield competitors as yet.. although Heikki is doing a great job for them.

          • King Six said on 18th April 2011, 16:13

            He’s running a business, he’ll do everything he can for it to run successfully. The whole idea of using the name Lotus, plugging AirAsia …saying all these kinds of things, it’s all about business. Granted, pretty much everyone is there in a business sense, but for Team Lotus it’s more than anyone else on the grid.

        • Mike said on 18th April 2011, 15:43

          They beat a Williams, Williams is a mid field team… They joined the mid field. Logic huh? go figure.

          I agree they aren’t real mid fielders, and it’s more of a reflection of Pastor doing badly. But… Well… They are right I think. Technically.

          C’mon, support the smaller teams. It’ll feel good.

    • Ads21 (@ads21) said on 18th April 2011, 15:14

      I presumed Maldonado must have lost a front wing or something to put him behind a Lotus, but it seems that things really are that bad for Williams.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th April 2011, 20:24

      It is. It’s embarrassing for them.

  3. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 18th April 2011, 15:26

    If you ask me Pastor needs to be given more time to improve, same for the car. I still believe they can do a Sauber 2010 and become regular point scorers towards the second half of the season.

    • S.J.M (@sjm) said on 18th April 2011, 19:46

      whilst i do agree about giving a newbie time (petrov is an example) they can come good. But Pastor is being shown up by di Resta and Perez so far, and D’Ambrosio isnt doing badly in a bad car.

      I am really trying to reserve my judgement on him till the European races get going.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th April 2011, 20:29

        Yea, we shouldn’t be too hard on him. Petrov is having a better 2011 and is in a considerably better vehicle. If Maldonado can get some performance out of that car then he is definitely a driver to cling on to, for any team.

  4. Why did they do 2 stints on prime? Did he flat spot a set of softs in quali or something? I can’t believe they would compromise him like that unless he had wrecked the other tires…

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th April 2011, 20:34

    It wasn’t nice seeing Barrichello lose those places, but at least he isn’t trying to make the car out to be better than it is.

  6. cristoacevedo said on 19th April 2011, 1:36

    I don’t know if I’m right…. but i think that sam michael is major responsible that things are getting worst.

    At least, i think that Williams need a change on people who work there, starting with Michael….and maybe Parr

    SAM …I DON’T WANT YOU haha pls quit.

    PS: a few weeks ago, parr said that Maldonado wasn’t a pay-driver. Come on!! Williams’ fan aren’t idiots

  7. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 19th April 2011, 7:53

    Sigh. Sad days for Williams again now the season is underway. I hope it is more than appeasing to the shareholders etc. that they are now looking at restructuring the team, they have had problems executing well for a lot of years now. I think the car has some promise and new ideas this year, and the drivers aren’t that bad; but somehow they don’t manage to put things together, not in the least the strategy very rarely working out.

  8. TFLB said on 19th April 2011, 12:45

    Am I the only person who thinks Maldonado is doing well? He’s closer to Barrichello’s pace than Hulkenberg was at this time last year.

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