Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011

Hamilton was fast enough for front row

2011 Turkish GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011

Lewis Hamilton missed out on a potential front row slot in qualifying.

His sector times show the McLaren driver was quick enough for second on the grid.

And Red Bull are giving away over 10kph in straight-line speed in Istanbul.

More analysis of the data from qualifying below.

Qualifying times in full

  • Michael Schumacher was the only driver who failed to improve his time from one session to the next. However, Felipe Massa abandoned his only run in Q3
  • HRT continue to get on terms with Virgin 0 Vitantonio Liuzzi out-qualified Timo Glock
  • The 107% time in Q1 was 1’33.104
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’27.039 1’25.610 (-1.429) 1’25.049 (-0.561)
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’27.090 1’26.075 (-1.015) 1’25.454 (-0.621)
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.514 1’25.801 (-1.713) 1’25.574 (-0.227)
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’27.091 1’26.066 (-1.025) 1’25.595 (-0.471)
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.349 1’26.152 (-1.197) 1’25.851 (-0.301)
6 Jenson Button McLaren 1’27.374 1’26.485 (-0.889) 1’25.982 (-0.503)
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.475 1’26.654 (-0.821) 1’26.296 (-0.358)
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.697 1’26.121 (-1.576) 1’26.646 (+0.525)
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.901 1’26.740 (-1.161) 1’26.659 (-0.081)
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.013 1’26.395 (-0.618)
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’28.246 1’26.764 (-1.482)
12 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’27.392 1’27.027 (-0.365)
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1’27.625 1’27.145 (-0.480)
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’27.396 1’27.236 (-0.160)
15 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’27.778 1’27.244 (-0.534)
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’27.620 1’27.255 (-0.365)
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’28.055 1’27.572 (-0.483)
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’28.780
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’29.673
20 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 1’30.445
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’30.692
22 Timo Glock Virgin 1’30.813
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1’31.564
24 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber

Team mate comparisons

Compare the best times of each team’s drivers in the last part of qualifying in which they both set a time.

  • Adrian Sutil out-qualified Paul di Resta for the first time
  • Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen and Vitantonio Liuzzi kept up their unbeaten streaks against their team mates this year
  • Glock had the only MVR-02 equipped with the team’s full upgrade – and was out-qualified by his team mate
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’25.049 -0.405 1’25.454 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’25.595 -0.387 1’25.982 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’26.152 -0.243 1’26.395 Felipe Massa Q2
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’26.646 +1.072 1’25.574 Nico Rosberg Q3
Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’26.659 +0.363 1’26.296 Vitaly Petrov Q3
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’26.764 -0.472 1’27.236 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’27.027 -0.118 1’27.145 Paul di Resta Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’27.255 -0.317 1’27.572 Jaime Alguersuari Q2
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’28.780 -0.893 1’29.673 Jarno Trulli Q1
HRT Narain Karthikeyan 1’31.564 +0.872 1’30.692 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’30.813 +0.368 1’30.445 Jerome d’Ambrosio Q1

Ultimate laps

An ultimate lap is a driver’s best time in each of the three sectors that make up a lap combined.

  • Had Lewis Hamilton done his three fastest sectors in the same lap he would be second on the grid
Pos # Driver Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best Actual position
1 1 Sebastian Vettel 1’25.049 0.000 1
2 3 Lewis Hamilton 1’25.413 0.364 0.182 4
3 2 Mark Webber 1’25.454 0.405 0.000 2
4 8 Nico Rosberg 1’25.543 0.494 0.031 3
5 5 Fernando Alonso 1’25.851 0.802 0.000 5
6 4 Jenson Button 1’25.936 0.887 0.046 6
7 7 Michael Schumacher 1’26.072 1.023 0.574 8
8 10 Vitaly Petrov 1’26.132 1.083 0.164 7
9 6 Felipe Massa 1’26.395 1.346 0.000 10
10 9 Nick Heidfeld 1’26.564 1.515 0.095 9
11 11 Rubens Barrichello 1’26.764 1.715 0.000 11
12 14 Adrian Sutil 1’27.026 1.977 0.001 12
13 15 Paul di Resta 1’27.145 2.096 0.000 13
14 18 Sebastien Buemi 1’27.168 2.119 0.087 16
15 12 Pastor Maldonado 1’27.168 2.119 0.068 14
16 17 Sergio Perez 1’27.192 2.143 0.052 15
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari 1’27.342 2.293 0.230 17
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen 1’28.780 3.731 0.000 18
19 21 Jarno Trulli 1’29.673 4.624 0.000 19
20 16 Kamui Kobayashi 1’30.275 5.226 24
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio 1’30.405 5.356 0.040 20
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’30.692 5.643 0.000 21
23 24 Timo Glock 1’30.769 5.720 0.044 22
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan 1’31.317 6.268 0.247 23

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • Despite starting sixth on the Jenson Button was fastest in the final sector
  • Red Bull are typically superior in the parts of the lap where downforce are most important
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Sebastian Vettel 31.493 (1) 30.040 (1) 23.516 (3)
Mark Webber 31.659 (4) 30.226 (3) 23.569 (5)
Nico Rosberg 31.613 (2) 30.343 (4) 23.587 (6)
Lewis Hamilton 31.650 (3) 30.208 (2) 23.555 (4)
Fernando Alonso 31.897 (5) 30.361 (5) 23.593 (7)
Jenson Button 31.960 (8) 30.473 (6) 23.503 (1)
Vitaly Petrov 31.917 (6) 30.507 (7) 23.708 (9)
Michael Schumacher 31.938 (7) 30.627 (10) 23.507 (2)
Nick Heidfeld 32.145 (10) 30.595 (9) 23.824 (12)
Felipe Massa 32.080 (9) 30.523 (8) 23.792 (11)
Rubens Barrichello 32.352 (12) 30.735 (11) 23.677 (8)
Adrian Sutil 32.334 (11) 30.866 (14) 23.826 (13)
Paul di Resta 32.493 (14) 30.911 (15) 23.741 (10)
Pastor Maldonado 32.391 (13) 30.914 (16) 23.863 (15)
Sergio Perez 32.509 (15) 30.822 (13) 23.861 (14)
Sebastien Buemi 32.517 (16) 30.772 (12) 23.879 (17)
Jaime Alguersuari 32.545 (17) 30.925 (17) 23.872 (16)
Heikki Kovalainen 32.898 (18) 31.511 (18) 24.371 (18)
Jarno Trulli 33.248 (20) 31.855 (20) 24.570 (22)
Jerome d’Ambrosio 33.840 (23) 32.075 (21) 24.490 (20)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 33.692 (21) 32.481 (23) 24.519 (21)
Timo Glock 33.773 (22) 32.246 (22) 24.750 (23)
Narain Karthikeyan 34.105 (24) 32.751 (24) 24.461 (19)
Kamui Kobayashi 33.197 (19) 31.555 (19) 25.523 (24)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers’ maximum speeds from qualifying.

  • The Red Bulls are giving away over 10kph in a straight line which could leave them vulnerable when racing for position
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Sergio Perez Sauber 322.6
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 319.4 -3.2
3 Jenson Button McLaren 319.4 -3.2
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 319.2 -3.4
5 Vitaly Petrov Renault 319.2 -3.4
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 319.2 -3.4
7 Nick Heidfeld Renault 318.9 -3.7
8 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 318.5 -4.1
9 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 318.3 -4.3
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 317.8 -4.8
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 316.7 -5.9
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams 316.1 -6.5
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 316.0 -6.6
14 Adrian Sutil Force India 314.8 -7.8
15 Paul di Resta Force India 314.7 -7.9
16 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 312.0 -10.6
17 Mark Webber Red Bull 311.9 -10.7
18 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 311.8 -10.8
19 Timo Glock Virgin 311.4 -11.2
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 309.8 -12.8
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 309.4 -13.2
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 309.2 -13.4
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 309.1 -13.5
24 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 299.6 -23.0

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