Lap times four seconds slower than 2010

2011 Spanish GP FP1 analysis

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Barcelona, 2011

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Barcelona, 2011

Lap times increased by four seconds at the Circuit de Catalunya compared to 2010 in the first practice session.

Mark Webber’s best time of 1’25.142 was four seconds slower than the best time set in the same session last year.

Despite favourable conditions it was also some way off the pace seen in testing this year, when Michael Schumacher set a 1’21.268.

A new kerb has been installed at turn seven to stop drivers cutting the corner.

Teams were using Pirelli’s revised hard compound tyre in the first practice session this morning. The tyre is designed to be more durable.

Here is all the data from the first practice session:

Longest stint comparison

  • There were few long stints in the first practice session as teams tended to focus on testing their upgrades
  • Webber did a nine-lap run on the hard tyres and got progressively quicker during it

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sebastian Vettel 90.666 89.912 89.5 89.659 89.649 89.564
Mark Webber 89.377 89.423 89.74 89.328 89.262 89.221 89.316 88.814 88.654
Lewis Hamilton 88.696 89.239 89.414
Jenson Button 88.367 92.316 87.867 91.764 91.067 88.739 89.94
Fernando Alonso 88.082 87.341 86.707 101.414 95.459
Felipe Massa 89.896 93.343 88.986 97.34 88.654 89.585 100.075 103.081 108.213
Michael Schumacher 91.28 87.016 87.178 90.747 87.428
Nico Rosberg 97.77 101.686 92.029 86.554 87.585 86.514
Nick Heidfeld 89.422 88.789 88.989 87.915 90.93 87.132
Vitaly Petrov 89.27 90.724 88.322 87.893 96.222 89.254 87.241 87.754
Rubens Barrichello 93.624 89.368 96.27 87.899 87.212
Pastor Maldonado 91.958 89.153 97.481 88.005 88.366
Nico H???lkenberg 91.23 93.463 94.144 90.714
Adrian Sutil 97.08 89.254 88.657 88.075 88.94 88.764 89.171 89.543 89.152 90.638
Kamui Kobayashi 90.605 88.879 89.33 88.819 88.963 90.039
Sergio Perez 88.535 86.954 97.64 87.042 86.738
Daniel Ricciardo 90.829 87.709 87.471 87.941 88.507
Jaime Alguersuari 90.47 89.385 88.995 89.08 89.713
Heikki Kovalainen 91.429 89.887 89.231 93.597 89.34
Jarno Trulli 93.497 92.258 91.892 92.527 91.684 91.418
Narain Karthikeyan 97.36 93.739 96.173 93.302
Vitantonio Liuzzi 93.16 99.862 92.188 91.752 96.208 91.268
Timo Glock 92.245 91.646 96.421 92.676 97.853 91.527
Jerome d’Ambrosio 92.487 93.016 91.155 90.896 92.039

Ultimate lap times

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

  • There’s further cause for concern for the teams at the back of the grid as Red Bull clearly have pace in hand and could raise the 107% bar even higher.
  • Neither HRT driver had any time in hand in this session as far as we can tell from the sectors.
  • However when it comes to Q1 with the front runners likely to only use hard tyres and those at the rear of the grid able to use softs, this should help them make the cut.
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.829 0.313
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.882 1.053 0.267
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.252 1.423 0.127
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.394 1.565 0.086
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.591 1.762 0.425
6 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.660 1.831 0.078
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.889 2.060 0.352
8 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.988 2.159 0.000
9 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.067 2.238 0.145
10 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.132 2.303 0.000
11 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.138 2.309 0.000
12 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.388 2.559 0.083
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.615 2.786 0.412
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’27.808 2.979 0.197
15 14 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’27.875 3.046 0.288
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.462 3.633 0.357
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.517 3.688 0.478
18 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.587 3.758 0.067
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.189 4.360 0.042
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.850 6.021 0.046
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.940 6.111 0.295
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’31.268 6.439 0.000
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’31.418 6.589 0.000
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.106 7.277 0.000

Complete practice times

  • Both Sauber drivers were able to improve right at the end of the session despite having put over 20 laps on their tyres.
  • Michael Schumacher lowered his time with 30 laps on his tyres, showing how well the new compound holds up.
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.142 5/5 40 27
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.149 1.007 4/5 66 20
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.379 1.237 5/6 49 29
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.480 1.338 5/5 48 27
5 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.738 1.596 5/5 92 26
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.988 1.846 3/3 49 19
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.016 1.874 2/5 89 32
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.132 1.990 6/6 51 21
9 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.138 1.996 1/1 36 22
10 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.212 2.070 5/5 51 20
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.241 2.099 7/8 91 22
12 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.471 2.329 3/5 89 23
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’28.005 2.863 4/5 35 11
14 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.027 2.885 5/5 42 26
15 14 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.163 3.021 2/2 90 22
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.654 3.512 5/9 38 28
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.819 3.677 4/6 89 23
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.995 3.853 3/5 43 9
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.231 4.089 3/5 46 21
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.896 5.754 4/5 75 18
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.235 6.093 4/4 50 24
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’31.268 6.126 6/6 46 23
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’31.418 6.276 6/6 42 12
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.106 6.964 2/3 42 25

Speed trap

  • Rubens Barrichello was fastest through the speed trap.
  • McLaren and Red Bull were well in the bottom half of the straight-line speeds.
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 322.7
2 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 322.6 0.1
3 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 322.2 0.5
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 321.9 0.8
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 321.8 0.9
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 320.5 2.2
7 14 Nico H???lkenberg Force India Mercedes 319.9 2.8
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 319.7 3
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 319.7 3
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 319.5 3.2
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 319.4 3.3
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 319.1 3.6
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 316.9 5.8
14 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 316.9 5.8
15 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 315.4 7.3
16 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 312.9 9.8
17 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 312.7 10
18 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 312.4 10.3
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 312.4 10.3
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 312.1 10.6
21 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 311.3 11.4
22 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 309.3 13.4
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 307.8 14.9
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 307.6 15.1

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18 comments on Lap times four seconds slower than 2010

  1. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 20th May 2011, 11:46

    With Schumacher lowering his time so late with the tyres, I think its also fair to say that he was not really pushing them either.

    There is a lot more time to come yet, I expect to see qualy times a good 3 seconds faster than these

  2. Very well put, mr. Keith Collantine. It clearly shows no big changes, Red Bull fast in the corners, and slow on the max speed. I expect Mclaren to be faster, however.

  3. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 20th May 2011, 11:58

    Interesting that the McLarens have gone quite low on straight-line speed. Perhaps they might go for glory in qualifying and try to control their race from thereon? Hamilton suffered last time out in Turkey because of track position.

  4. Bäremans said on 20th May 2011, 12:16

    A Keith stated above, Schumacher did a 1.21.2 here in winter testing. Today the cars are developed further and it is a lot hotter.

    quali times will be much quicker than just 3 seconds.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if pole time is 1.20.xxx

  5. geo132 (@geo132) said on 20th May 2011, 12:17

    Do we know what happened with Ferrari? I remember reading one of their tweets where both drivers complained about lack of grip. Was there any technical issue or something?

  6. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 20th May 2011, 12:26

    In this graph, Mercedes is looking good. Looking forward to FP2 analysis, to see if they can maintain their pace.

  7. Luca said on 20th May 2011, 12:35

    Hi everybody,
    how can I read the long stint comparision graph?
    In particular, what represent the y-axis?
    Thanks!

  8. Burnout (@burnout) said on 20th May 2011, 12:38

    I know you can’t read too much into practice times, but Kovalainen is only 2 tenths off Alguersuari’s best. How high do you think Lotus will finish this weekend?

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 20th May 2011, 12:41

      Ricciardo was 1.5 seconds faster, so it may not be that representative. Though f their upgrades work I think Lotus might be able to beat someone on pace this time.

  9. BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th May 2011, 12:42

    So does it look like the new harder tyres last long with relatively good pace as well? Or is a good part of the 4 seconds difference made by that tyre instead of running the softs?

    Surely Red Bull is well ahead, as they probably were in winter testing as well as last years race.

    Seems both Mercedes and Ferrari as about the same as they were last round. Hard to tell what McLaren is doing, they are holding something back, I guess.

    Williams will be relieved to be a bit closer to the pace here, lets hope they keep that up.

  10. BBT said on 20th May 2011, 12:48

    Ah new hard tyres that explains it.

    Mclaren were purely evaluating the new parts.

    I expect Mclaren or Merc to be top in FP2

  11. lachy said on 21st May 2011, 4:58

    ricciardo consistantly doing well in practice and outdoing his team mate… would love to see him get a race seat.

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