Red Bull: Vettel leads a one-sided one-two

2011 Turkish GP team review

There was never any doubt who would be the ‘one’ in Red Bull’s one-two finish in Turkey.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 1 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’25.049 (-0.405) 1’25.454
Race position 1 2
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 4 4

Red Bull drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 57 58
Sebastian Vettel 95.269 94.082 93.768 93.827 93.762 93.801 93.821 93.853 94.201 94.218 94.314 109.991 94.174 92.919 93.168 92.837 93.116 92.884 93.058 92.749 92.9 92.571 92.473 92.755 93.284 107.377 91.7 91.853 92.194 92.077 92.084 92.248 92.131 91.915 91.626 92.456 92.205 91.708 91.595 91.641 107.488 91.083 91.067 91.036 91.321 91.186 90.804 107.268 90.687 89.937 90.39 90.433 90.586 90.621 90.59 91.384 91.453 91.619
Mark Webber 97.199 94.523 94.472 94.278 94.696 94.064 94.509 94.093 94.312 94.625 109.213 92.707 93.131 93.177 93.056 93.06 93.068 93.047 93.513 93.823 94.779 108.384 93.536 92.988 92.704 92.366 92.088 92.062 93.08 92.323 92.699 92.679 92.509 93.034 93.32 107.093 91.005 91.076 91.56 91.254 91.143 91.14 91.376 91.246 91.398 106.8 89.945 89.703 89.766 90.076 90.663 91.181 90.358 90.41 90.721 91.318 91.664 92.352

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2011

Vettel gave his rivals a head start by missing almost all of Friday practice. But despite that Vettel was back to his imperious, dominant best following his China defeat.

After smashing up his RB7 at the exit of turn eight in the rain on Friday, Vettel, returned to business as usual on Saturday.

He was quickest in final practice, and set a mark four-tenths of a second faster than his team mate could match in qualifying. He didn’t even bother leaving the pits to defend his pole position time at the end of Q3.

There was no repeat of his first-lap mistake of 2009, and Webber never got anywhere near close enough to put him under pressure.

He said afterwards his fourth pit stop was a luxury taken only so that he wouldn?t be vulnerable if the safety car came out.

Sebastian Vettel 2011 form guide

Mark Webber

Joined Vettel on the front row of the grid for the first time this year but keeping Nico Rosberg behind from the dirty side of the grid was always going to be a challenge.

He relegated Rosberg back to second on lap six but by this time Vettel was already five seconds up the road.

Webber couldn?t match Vettel?s race pace and slipped behind Fernando Alonso in the middle of the race.

In the final stint Webber had the opportunity to take the position back and did so in a move which began at turn 12 and ended at turn three on the following lap.

Mark Webber 2011 form guide

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31 comments on Red Bull: Vettel leads a one-sided one-two

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2011, 17:34

    Given there is nothing that currently points to Webber being disadvantage by the team, it looks like Vettel got that momentum from going strong all the way since Spa.

    Looking a bit scary for the championship and race wins, but then again he is showing he can get the absolute maximum out of that car.

    Peter Windsor writes that he was on the DRS even before the third apex in Turkey.

    I am looking forward to see him throw that car around Monaco with the flippy flappy wing in qualifying, that might be quite a sight (if FOM will actually bother to show it).

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th May 2011, 17:34

    5-4-3-2 for Mark so far this year… hope he completes it at Barcelona! He really needs it.

    He’s yet to do a single lap ahead of Vettel so far :(

    • Ral (@ral) said on 9th May 2011, 18:19

      It does look like he’s getting on top of these tyres now, as evidenced by him not needing to pit quite so often anymore.

      So I would expect Vettel’s and Webber’s performances to become closer again. Perhaps not as close as last year, but not the “completely and utterly outperformed” that we’ve seen so far this year.

    • dennis (@dennis) said on 9th May 2011, 20:20

      He was basically unbeatable there last year. So here’s hope for him to come back.
      Vettel is on a winning-streak. If it wasn’t for the strategy mistake in China we had a 4 of 4 by now.

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th May 2011, 17:38

    By the way, Red Bull seems a looong way ahead of the rest in terms of pit stop performance. They were always faster than Ferrari, Mercedes and Mclaren at Turkey, even if everything went smoothly (most of the time) for the other teams.

    It’d be nice to see a comparision of the time wasted in the pit stops for each team and drivers.

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 9th May 2011, 19:01

      They are very slick aren’t they. They get never see them with pit stop troubles really.

    • Burnout said on 9th May 2011, 23:33

      Which begs the question why McLaren and Ferrari are so sloppy this year. Have there been any major changes in crew management in either of those teams this year?

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th May 2011, 6:52

        Pat fry left Mclaren for Ferrari last year, so I’m guessing at the end of last year Mclaren had to accommodate for his departure.Chris Dyer has a different role in Ferrari as well, but its hard to say if it was these small management shuffles that are responsible for Mclaren and Ferrari’s sloppy start.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th May 2011, 0:05

    Great stuff from Mark. Happy for both him and Alonso.

    Vettel was on form again. Usually I don’t vote the race winner as driver of the weekend but i’m tempted to this time. That level of dominance should not go unnoticed.

    0.4s. Outstanding.

  5. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 10th May 2011, 2:39

    Webber is becoming a very entertaining driver to watch over the last couple of race.His move over Alonso was great & also he had to defend that for the last stages with no KERS.Red Bull so far have the car running well,their drivers are behaving well on the circuit all they need to work is the KERS,or may be they won’t.I think they may only use the KERS system as many predicted only at the start then they will turn that off.

    • Mike said on 10th May 2011, 14:08

      If I was the head of Red Bull at this stage of the season, I’d be looking at scraping KERS and concentrating on other areas.

  6. scott said on 10th May 2011, 2:52

    has anyone noticed that webber seems uncharacteristically happy? he did another fist pump to the team after finishing second which he does not normaly do. i think hes really enjoying his driving but its not like hes been terrible 5,4,3,2 is his best start to a season weirdly so it really not over by a long shot.

    webber issues this year.
    – driving a RB7 completely designed around vettle.
    – poor kers reliability in just about every race(failed when overtaking alonso)which is why he had did not fly past him.
    – tyre not suiting him (getting on top of it thou)
    – is his 3rd stint he ran over something which shredded his left rear i spot this on the tv. which is why he was so slow then.

    all in all i think hes done a good job probly better then Button and Felipe.

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 10th May 2011, 8:28

      We’ve yet to see Vettel qualify badly and having to work hard for a result, most of the time he’s in clear air at the front of the field and using strategy to gain position.

      It remains to be seen whether or not he’s improved his race craft. He hasn’t really had any opportunities to develop it, so it will be interesting to see him in that position in the coming races.

      I may be biased, but I think that Webber is stronger than he is in the race, but Vettel is absolutely dominant in qualifying.

    • Toro Stevo said on 10th May 2011, 9:07

      The RB6 was designed completely around Vettel as well. But the comment at the time was they had similar driving styles, so Mark didn’t lose much in that.

      I think the big difference in quali is DRS, Vettel just does it better. I know they have slightly different car balance (due to Webber being taller and heavier, although driver + car weights are similar, or were last year), but that doesn’t explain the time difference in qualifying. Last year the difference in quali between them was small, I think it averaged to less than 0.06s across the season. This year it’s half a second.
      I want to see onboard comparisons (with DRS notification) for Webber and Vettel, that will show it up easily.

      But he does finally seem to be getting closer, but the difference in quali is killing him. And it was at Barcelona where he won his first race last year, so here’s to hoping.

      • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 10th May 2011, 21:12

        The silver lining is that Webber has more than twice the points he had this time last year. Okay, Seb has a smidgeon over twice as many too, but after this stage of the season Vettel was to suffer no more blow-ups until Korea and Webber led him in the standings for most of the season. If Mark can start beating him, making the mistakes creep back into Vettel’s driving, you never know.

  7. Steve P said on 10th May 2011, 5:09

    What’s the matter Keith, Mark Webber turn you down personally for an interview or something? I think it’s plain to see how strong Vettel is at the moment, but what’s the reasoning beind your passive aggressive statements towards Webber in recent RBR related articles?

  8. Ralph said on 10th May 2011, 15:01

    As long as Super Seb keeps driving for RBR when F1-guru Adrian Newey is still in charge he’ll keep on winning 1st places. #tigerblood

    Vettel is on top of Webber (No.2 driver) as is Rosberg on top of der Schumi.

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