Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

McLaren losing most time in first sector

2011 Spanish GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

Red Bull’s closest rivals in Barcelona are losing the most time in the first sector of the lap.

Lewis Hamilton was only 12th fastest through sector one. That includes the long turn three where downforce is especially important.

Here is all the data from qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Qualifying times in full

  • The differences between the Q1 and Q2 times of the Red Bull and McLaren drivers show how big the performance difference between the hard and soft tyres is – around two seconds per lap.
  • Their decision not to used softs saved the HRTs and Virgins from elimination under the 107% rule. The 107% time, based on the fastest lap in Q1 by Michael Schumacher, was 1’28.767.
  • Repair work on Nick Heidfeld’s Renault kept him from setting a time but he will be allowed to start.
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’23.619 1’21.773 (-1.846) 1’20.981 (-0.792)
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’24.142 1’21.540 (-2.602) 1’21.181 (-0.359)
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’24.370 1’22.148 (-2.222) 1’21.961 (-0.187)
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’23.485 1’22.813 (-0.672) 1’21.964 (-0.849)
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’24.428 1’22.050 (-2.378) 1’21.996 (-0.054)
6 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’23.069 1’22.948 (-0.121) 1’22.471 (-0.477)
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.507 1’22.569 (-0.938) 1’22.599 (+0.030)
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.506 1’23.026 (-0.480) 1’22.888 (-0.138)
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’23.406 1’22.854 (-0.552) 1’22.952 (+0.098)
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’22.960 1’22.671 (-0.289)
11 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’23.962 1’23.231 (-0.731)
12 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’24.209 1’23.367 (-0.842)
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’24.049 1’23.694 (-0.355)
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’23.656 1’23.702 (+0.046)
15 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’25.874 1’25.403 (-0.471)
16 Paul di Resta Force India 1’24.332 1’26.126 (+1.794)
17 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’24.648 1’26.571 (+1.923)
18 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’26.521
19 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’26.910
20 Timo Glock Virgin 1’27.315
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’27.809
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1’27.908
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 1’28.556
24 Nick Heidfeld Renault

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.

  • With a faulty KERS, Sebastian Vettel was one fifth of a second slower than his team mate. It’s likely he would have been faster – and taken his sixth consecutive pole position – had his KERS been working.
  • Fernando Alonso was almost a whole second faster than Felipe Massa.
  • Rookie Paul di Resta beat Adrian Sutil for the fourth time out of five qualifying sessions.
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’21.181 +0.200 1’20.981 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’21.961 -0.035 1’21.996 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’21.964 -0.924 1’22.888 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’22.671 +0.102 1’22.569 Nico Rosberg Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’26.910 +3.504 1’23.406 Pastor Maldonado Q1
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’26.571 +0.445 1’26.126 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’23.702 +0.335 1’23.367 Sergio Perez Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’23.231 -0.463 1’23.694 Jaime Alguersuari Q2
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’25.874 -0.647 1’26.521 Jarno Trulli Q1
HRT Narain Karthikeyan 1’27.908 +0.099 1’27.809 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’27.315 -1.241 1’28.556 Jerome d’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • McLaren are weak in the first sector, Jenson Button ninth fastest and Lewis Hamilton only 12th.
  • Ferrari are stronger in the first sector, but there’s a trade-off, as Pat Fry explains: “A track like this favours cars that have a lot of aerodynamic downforce: that can be seen very clearly by analysing the best times in each sector. Our car is competitive in the first one, but we pay a very heavy price in the other two. That?s where we must improve.”
  • Schumacher did not do a Q3 time due to a KERS problem. His sector times indicate he could have been eighth.
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Mark Webber 22.675 (3) 30.425 (1) 27.881 (1)
Sebastian Vettel 22.605 (1) 30.431 (2) 28.145 (3)
Lewis Hamilton 23.109 (12) 30.600 (3) 28.227 (4)
Fernando Alonso 22.684 (4) 30.864 (5) 28.416 (6)
Jenson Button 23.006 (9) 30.746 (4) 28.110 (2)
Vitaly Petrov 22.655 (2) 31.152 (8) 28.363 (5)
Nico Rosberg 22.989 (8) 30.981 (6) 28.477 (7)
Felipe Massa 22.855 (5) 31.248 (10) 28.736 (10)
Pastor Maldonado 22.885 (6) 31.197 (9) 28.714 (9)
Michael Schumacher 22.944 (7) 31.031 (7) 28.640 (8)
Sebastien Buemi 23.084 (11) 31.314 (11) 28.833 (12)
Sergio Perez 23.158 (13) 31.429 (13) 28.780 (11)
Jaime Alguersuari 23.206 (14) 31.486 (14) 29.002 (14)
Kamui Kobayashi 23.044 (10) 31.411 (12) 28.981 (13)
Heikki Kovalainen 23.901 (17) 32.206 (17) 29.296 (16)
Paul di Resta 23.433 (16) 31.790 (15) 29.109 (15)
Adrian Sutil 23.315 (15) 31.889 (16) 29.444 (17)
Jarno Trulli 24.251 (19) 32.531 (18) 29.739 (18)
Rubens Barrichello 23.926 (18) 32.730 (19) 30.254 (21)
Timo Glock 24.281 (20) 33.054 (21) 29.972 (19)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 24.320 (21) 33.041 (20) 30.342 (22)
Narain Karthikeyan 24.582 (22) 33.160 (22) 30.109 (20)
Jerome d’Ambrosio 24.625 (23) 33.339 (23) 30.592 (23)

Speed trap

  • There is a large spread between the fastest and slowest cars, with the KERS-less Lotuses 18kph down on the Force Indias.
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Adrian Sutil Force India 325.2
2 Paul di Resta Force India 323.2 -2.0
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 321.9 -3.3
4 Rubens Barrichello Williams 321.9 -3.3
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 321.8 -3.4
6 Vitaly Petrov Renault 321.5 -3.7
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 321.3 -3.9
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 320.9 -4.3
9 Jenson Button McLaren 319.2 -6.0
10 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 318.7 -6.5
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams 318.4 -6.8
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 314.6 -10.6
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 314.5 -10.7
14 Mark Webber Red Bull 313.6 -11.6
15 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 313.5 -11.7
16 Timo Glock Virgin 312.7 -12.5
17 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 312.3 -12.9
18 Sergio Perez Sauber 310.9 -14.3
19 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 310.8 -14.4
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 310.6 -14.6
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 309.5 -15.7
22 Jarno Trulli Lotus 306.9 -18.3
23 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 306.8 -18.4

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