Alonso goes from leader to lapped as Ferrari struggle on ‘super hards’

2011 Spanish GP analysis

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

The strong race pace Ferrari have shown this year was conspicuously absent in Spain.

Fernando Alonso led at the start but ended the race a lap down after struggling on Pirelli’s new hard compound.

Here’s all the data from the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lap 1

Lap 1 position change

Lap 1 position change

Fernando Alonso’s start from fourth place was absolutely remarkable. Not only did he make a quick getaway, he made the gutsy decision to try to duck down the inside of Mark Webber, just after Sebastian Vettel had backed away from doing the same thing.

Another drive who made a strong start was Michael Schumacher, gaining four places.

But in Jenson Button’s words he was “hung out to dry” and fell five places to tenth.

Pit stops

Pit stops

Pit stops

The jostling for position at the front meant that by lap 19 Alonso and both Red Bull drivers had each made two pit stops.

Lewis Hamilton began his third stint five laps later than Sebastian Vettel but couldn’t eke that stint out any longer to significantly reduce the time he had to spend on the hard tyres.

Button could, however, and as a result only had to spend 18 laps on hards. That compares to Alonso and Webber who had to run 37 laps – more than half the race – on the slowest compound.

Tyre compounds

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Mark Webber Soft Soft Soft Hard Hard
Sebastian Vettel Soft Soft Soft Hard Hard
Lewis Hamilton Soft Soft Soft Hard Hard
Fernando Alonso Soft Soft Soft Hard Hard
Jenson Button Soft Soft Soft Hard
Vitaly Petrov Soft Soft Soft Hard
Nico Rosberg Soft Soft Soft Hard
Felipe Massa Soft Soft Soft Hard
Pastor Maldonado Soft Soft Soft Hard Hard
Michael Schumacher Soft Soft Soft Hard
Sebastien Buemi Soft Soft Soft Hard
Sergio Perez Soft Hard Soft Soft
Jaime Alguersuari Soft Soft Soft Hard Hard
Kamui Kobayashi Soft Hard Soft Soft
Heikki Kovalainen Soft Soft Soft Hard
Paul di Resta Soft Soft Soft Hard
Adrian Sutil Hard Soft Soft Soft
Jarno Trulli Soft Soft Soft Hard
Rubens Barrichello Hard Soft Soft Hard Soft
Timo Glock Soft Soft Soft Hard
Vitantonio Liuzzi Soft Soft
Narain Karthikeyan Soft Soft Soft Hard
Jerome d’Ambrosio Soft Soft Soft Hard
Nick Heidfeld Hard Soft Soft Soft

Race progress

Vettel and Webber began their final stints within a lap of each other. But, crucially, Vettel did not run into the same trouble with his tyres that Webber did towards the end of the race.

Webber fell back from his pursuit of Button, but Vettel was able to preserve his tyres and keep Hamilton behind.

This chart shows how far each driver was behind the leader (in seconds) on each lap.

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 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Mark Webber 1.835 1.85 1.326 1.511 1.389 1.63 1.678 2.011 2.276 4.084 18.511 4.445 3.95 3.625 3.433 2.988 2.388 2.105 4.775 21.366 21.03 20.519 18.14 7.412 8.207 9.391 10.422 11.834 15.319 33.789 35.137 36.386 37.619 37.602 35.388 23.073 24.94 26.853 28.414 28.118 29.105 30.275 31.172 31.98 33.697 35.681 39.814 53.858 51.282 35.164 35.227 34.575 35.746 36.211 35.707 35.506 36.111 37.114 37.092 37.484 38.739 39.853 41.302 42.844 45.12 47.966
Sebastian Vettel 0.78 0.601 0.544 0.878 0.68 0.664 0.719 0.881 3.489 18.444 14.802 0.883 0.571 0.737 0.604 0.655 0.509 3.035 16.6 16.637 15.436 14.492 11.655 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.303 14.967 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.663 15.531 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lewis Hamilton 2.497 2.874 2.507 2.506 2.271 2.359 2.535 2.835 3.058 1.071 0 1.825 1.092 1.189 1.177 1.255 0.94 0.947 0 0 0 0 0 4.925 4.255 3.758 3.461 2.773 2.039 2.214 1.675 2.124 1.215 0 0 2.746 2.515 2.324 1.802 1.554 1.268 1.285 1.424 1.871 1.361 1.101 1.192 0 0 1.996 2.421 1.309 1.005 0.752 0.603 0.611 0.602 0.589 0.77 0.793 0.755 0.721 0.775 0.663 0.81 0.63
Fernando Alonso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.269 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.065 20.028 20.311 20.026 17.621 6.854 7.675 8.669 9.765 11.199 14.684 33.254 34.673 36.023 37.031 36.854 34.349 22.281 24.304 26.343 30.315 48.896 50.62 52.416 54.3 55.29 57.582 59.601 61.488 61.721 62.241 50.021 53.18 55.864 60.105 62.674 64.942 67.319 70.293 73.22 76.327 79.656 82.489 85.726 91.177 94.933 98.937
Jenson Button 6.504 8.842 11.04 12.223 13.002 14.598 16.695 18.539 20.286 20.414 17.957 6.049 7.575 11.344 27.921 26.815 25.606 24.594 23.738 25.382 26.413 26.589 24.692 14.066 15.568 16.959 18.562 20.389 21.753 25.474 43.414 42.743 41.491 39.109 35.589 21.05 21.019 21.563 21.866 21.826 22.069 22.611 23.508 23.549 24.71 25.902 27.655 29.493 44.923 30.432 30.896 30.949 32.373 32.747 32.518 32.662 33.717 33.939 34.096 34.812 36.25 36.272 36.31 36.2 36.134 35.697
Vitaly Petrov 3.59 5.172 6.186 7.355 8.56 10.21 12.132 13.926 15.72 15.395 16.84 24.01 26.44 27.851 29.858 32.338 33.279 33.809 34.266 37.233 40.115 42.751 45.188 36.516 40.717 47.475 70.87 72.11 73.604 74.559 76.166 78.551 78.429 77.356 74.079 61.626 63.664 65.492 67.64 70.017 75.064 98.07 100.876 103.159 107.333 110.076 112.892 113.313 113.851 101.222 104.535 108.034 111.445 114.447 117.917 122.695 128.282 131.576 134.685 138.719 142.495 145.352 148.773 151.707 156.231
Nico Rosberg 4.645 6.617 8.198 10.62 11.899 13.57 15.392 17.158 18.724 18.303 19.87 24.772 27.845 28.691 30.228 30.685 31.114 31.381 31.848 34.84 37.712 40.529 40.308 31.605 35.427 39.774 46.533 64.817 67.718 67.61 68.317 69.114 68.538 66.424 62.878 48.97 50.714 52.513 54.858 57.461 59.16 63.903 83.224 83.845 85.601 90.362 92.305 91.735 91.495 78.313 81.154 83.906 86.578 91.849 94.294 96.093 97.953 101.067 103.41 105.812 108.53 110.491 112.975 115.172 117.651
Felipe Massa 5.485 7.262 8.843 10.934 12.511 14.311 16.201 18.124 19.833 20.082 22.494 26.843 28.341 29.27 30.844 32.729 33.704 34.311 34.691 37.732 42.973 61.619 60.434 49.078 50.509 51.351 52.422 53.992 56.085 56.777 58.038 59.787 60.588 60.186 59.196 50.452 72.132 77.794 79.522 81.204 82.84 85.704 90.546 92.955 95.592 98.232 100.869 101.483 102.06 92.114 95.492 98.371 102.044 105.469 107.558 110.653 114.199 119.541
Pastor Maldonado 7.761 10.662 12.921 15.656 18.245 20.407 23.048 28.508 48.186 47.056 46.057 33.917 35.529 38.637 42.188 44.429 46.115 47.698 49.075 56.941 80.118 80.49 79.201 70.191 71.888 74.148 77.356 80.555 82.195 83.045 84.591 86.487 87.001 86.688 85.901 77.007 98.751 100.438 102.322 103.745 106.631 109.014 113.361 115.399 117.99 120.62 123.266 123.178 123.665 111.852 115.327 121.063 129.058 150.179 151.855 153.666 155.977 158.464 160.911 163.508 166.165 168.412 170.859 172.185 175.162
Michael Schumacher 4.139 6.166 7.696 9.689 11.109 12.781 14.677 16.322 17.868 20.033 33.264 21.292 23.146 24.635 27.72 29.323 30.257 30.949 31.173 34.423 37.058 39.646 39.377 30.609 34.418 39.505 58.225 60.669 62.649 63.373 64.948 66.028 65.839 64.033 61.361 48.548 50.287 51.648 54.581 56.593 60.432 79.404 81.043 81.874 84.095 86.375 89.938 90.509 90.293 77.26 80.42 82.602 85.34 89.904 91.922 94.116 96.363 99.164 102.351 104.861 107.504 109.662 112.459 114.245 116.776
Sebastien Buemi 6.117 8.586 10.666 13.885 15.832 17.627 19.684 21.941 26.652 43.379 40.39 29.771 31.657 34.866 38.176 39.709 41.138 42.31 43.41 46.928 49.956 52.733 53.469 45.663 52.654 76.266 77.868 81.461 84.496 85.329 86.688 88.459 92.94 92.241 89.945 77.389 79.471 81.974 84.822 87.259 92.411 101.641 124.718 126.045 128.416 130.874 133.005 134.054 135.776 123.908 127.09 129.897 133.571 136.218 138.589 141.585 144.867 148.647 151.468 154.905 159.043 162.648 167.385 170.732 174.92
Sergio Perez 6.939 9.589 11.766 14.422 16.447 18.454 24.623 48.025 50.203 49.304 49.269 40.513 44.693 46.976 49.512 52.144 54.334 56.257 59.012 64.415 67.861 70.707 71.3 63.214 67.167 71.107 75.344 80.318 89.12 105.755 105.219 104.371 102.53 100.091 95.987 84.411 85.752 87.542 89.923 91.949 93.24 95.173 97.122 98.88 100.92 103.494 109.867 126.205 124.008 108.592 109.273 109.612 111.814 114.746 113.786 114.174 115.002 117.089 118.968 122.16 128.478 130.978 133.531 135.348 138.686
Jaime Alguersuari 7.382 10.18 12.378 15.199 17.431 19.886 22.562 25.118 27.48 28.15 31.333 36.781 37.793 39.187 42.564 47.117 47.978 48.842 49.731 54.495 57.758 60.899 63.394 58.498 77.703 78.883 81.9 84.007 87.443 87.896 92.937 94.482 95.352 95.516 94.427 88.2 108.417 111.759 114.351 118.982 121.171 124.162 128.406 130.423 133.411 137.152 139.911 140.896 143.665 134.678 156.389 157.682 160.818 162.797 164.026 165.704 167.495 169.537 171.349 173.64 178.425 180.898 183.793 186.732
Kamui Kobayashi 23.096 47.476 49.445 52.025 54.197 56.722 59.527 61.796 64.025 63.975 63.605 53.748 58.218 61.319 64.656 67.043 69.065 71.259 74.111 78.792 83.523 87.077 88.188 80.218 89.026 108.224 109.518 110.984 111.071 111.7 113.743 114.035 114.211 112.37 109.208 95.231 97.111 98.104 99.266 100.142 101.547 103.938 108.217 113.763 133.719 133.268 133.405 131.431 129.107 113.749 115.679 115.455 116.412 118.037 118.934 122.918 126.405 127.642 128.667 130.455 133.368 135.313 137.522 139.649 143.404
Heikki Kovalainen 9.782 13.431 16.213 19.424 22.048 24.666 27.513 30.123 32.792 33.135 32.632 23.695 29.531 34.702 40.784 50.637 70.723 73.488 75.157 79.523 83.875 87.476 88.494 80.717 86.666 91.04 96.641 105.963 125.957 127.932 129.823 132.984 133.453 132.802 130.684 118.625 121.241 124.368 127.754 131.888 140.922 164.105 166.919 169.995 179.606 185.266 188.74 189.723
Paul di Resta 8.314 11.186 13.634 16.353 19.015 21.413 24.105 26.533 28.392 28.599 28.856 17.379 20.359 23.762 30.207 48.566 48.839 49.38 50.396 54.867 58.167 61.268 59.966 51.24 54.337 57.127 60.519 64.344 67.461 70.754 74.526 82.644 99.533 97.86 95.194 83.85 85.244 86.71 87.985 91.301 92.737 94.013 95.814 97.137 99.088 101.228 103.491 103.944 106.557 94.81 101.909 124.117 127.525 129.438 131.781 134.344 137.43 140.464 144.389 147.625 150.614 153.93 156.892 159.534 162.592
Adrian Sutil 11.613 16.387 20.807 25.405 29.522 33.751 37.859 41.723 45.244 46.717 48.4 39.977 46.565 66.632 68.349 70.05 70.946 71.535 71.841 74.691 76.694 78.685 78.589 69.826 73.805 78.066 81.562 86.269 91.295 98.076 117.681 119.189 119.289 118.619 116.291 102.822 104.041 106.543 107.752 108.948 112.659 114.612 116.998 118.621 121.545 126.439 129.488 133.484 154.444 141.163 143.959 144.911 147.284 149.26 149.897 151.151 152.686 154.252 155.998 157.696 159.605 163.161 165.319 166.583 168.418
Jarno Trulli 9.059 12.215 14.985 18.127 20.76 23.626 26.45 29.181 31.946 32.195 31.661 22.618 27.748 33.424 40.632 61.748 63.184 64.592 65.807 69.467 72.558 75.117 75.29 66.402 69.569 73.136 76.955 83.007 89.908 111.023 113.115 116.454 117.195 116.709 114.978 102.264 106.509 109.17 113.102 116.025 119.866 123.263 130.032 153.894 158.12 162.459 166.149 167.714 171.234 161.744 167.064 171.559 181.395 186.589 191.71 196.418 200.645 205.291 213.045 219.275 226.021 231.066 236.663 244.126
Rubens Barrichello 12.583 16.951 21.474 26.155 30.553 34.762 39.02 42.808 46.18 47.903 51.292 65.74 66.927 69.815 71.545 72.939 73.638 74.287 75.67 80.217 84.349 87.974 91.541 99.278 101.03 102.71 104.565 106.287 107.879 108.856 110.704 112.584 113.8 114.571 115.802 122.239 125.145 128.142 130.733 133.042 136.026 138.643 141.517 143.648 147.44 151.693 154.706 155.672 157.849 146.407 150.898 155.315 160.497 167.765 186.772 186.123 187.218 187.591 187.746 187.475 188.261 188.641 188.855 188.887
Timo Glock 13.062 18.706 23.965 29.816 34.838 40.005 45.229 50.979 56.255 58.736 60.274 52.282 59.152 64.578 71.093 80.369 103.92 106.998 111.622 118.197 123.043 127.485 129.609 124.926 130.483 135.196 140.358 146.483 151.561 156.644 162.251 166.548 170.744 172.786 173.436 164.1 170.259 179.789 209.084 211.766 215.314 218.986 222.77 225.45 229.481 234.622 238.524 240.465 245.657 234.976 240.213 244.476 252.685 279.036 285.242 289.273 296.651 303.098 309.034 317.23 327.122 335.012 348.128
Vitantonio Liuzzi 12.243 18.072 23.479 28.915 33.805 38.776 44 50.463 55.26 57.527 58.505 50.045 55.275 60.431 66.541 75.154 98.986 102.626 107.147 114.604 120.603 125.465 128.326 122.449 130.302 137.335 144.489 151.357
Narain Karthikeyan 13.689 19.414 24.818 30.503 35.478 42.512 48.086 53.679 58.591 61.134 63.425 56.765 63.294 76.226 103.698 108.225 112.833 117.792 121.833 132.547 138.411 143.658 148.146 145.119 153.052 162.51 174.589 189.585 220.656 225.728 230.591 235.069 237.67 240.935 245.071 236.064 242.271 249.43 254.297 261.589 270.151 278.929 287.138 294.509 302.796 312.561 327.716 354.291 364.543 360.294 367.74 375.131 384.52 394.508 400.424 406.722 413.739 420.758 429.321 437.722 446.774
Jerome dAmbrosio 14.079 19.82 25.27 30.897 36.172 41.684 46.955 52.489 57.336 59.997 61.494 53.534 60.165 66.66 73.94 81.28 91.223 115.978 118.41 123.971 131.092 137.643 140.122 133.532 138.997 145.568 154.389 160.488 167.134 172.423 182.344 189.655 196.076 204.479 226.683 215.702 219.809 224.074 228.184 232.264 236.139 240.879 245.875 249.871 254.802 259.407 263.994 267.036 273.165 284.813 290.735 300.137 306.035 312.626 317.82 324.766 330.504 336.762 343.172 349.923 360.343 367.347
Nick Heidfeld 10.67 14.696 18.61 22.508 25.927 29.261 33.196 36.375 39.238 39.554 39.053 29.599 34.123 37.973 41.93 48.332 52.334 55.477 58.456 63.925 72.851 91.385 89.794 80.851 83.644 84.886 85.938 87.668 92.77 95.671 96.106 96.745 97.005 96.229 94.86 84.934 104.577 103.93 103.347 104.056 103.783 104.302 104.388 103.982 105.877 106.832 108.134 108.162 108.242 98.065 116.001 117.463 117.615 118.325 118.117 117.631 117.258 117.858 119.329 119.348 119.101 118.618 118.304 117.641 118.096

Lap chart

The lap chart shows how Nick Heidfeld climbed from last to finish eighth. He crossed the line just 1.32s behind the two Mercedes.

It also shows how Kamui Kobayashi dragged his Sauber into the points despite picking up a puncture on lap one.

This chart shows the drivers’ positions on each lap.

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

0 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 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Mark Webber 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Sebastian Vettel 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lewis Hamilton 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Fernando Alonso 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Jenson Button 5 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Vitaly Petrov 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 10 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 11 11 11 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 9 9 9 10 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Nico Rosberg 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 7 11 10 9 9 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Felipe Massa 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 12 11 10 9 9 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10
Pastor Maldonado 9 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 18 17 16 15 15 15 15 11 11 11 11 13 17 16 16 16 14 13 13 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 14 14 14 14 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 13 12 13 14 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Michael Schumacher 10 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 13 7 7 7 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Sebastien Buemi 11 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 15 15 14 13 13 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 10 14 14 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 12 16 16 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 14 14 14
Sergio Perez 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 14 19 19 19 18 18 17 17 17 16 15 15 15 15 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 11 14 16 15 15 15 15 15 13 12 12 12 12 12 10 10 10 10 10 11 13 13 12 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9
Jaime Alguersuari 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 11 11 10 12 12 16 16 16 15 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 15 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 16 17 17 17 16 16 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16
Kamui Kobayashi 14 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 22 20 19 18 18 17 17 18 18 18 17 17 17 19 20 20 20 19 19 18 17 17 16 16 16 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 17 16 16 14 14 14 13 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Heikki Kovalainen 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 14 13 12 9 12 12 13 15 18 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Paul di Resta 16 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 9 6 6 6 8 14 13 13 13 12 12 11 10 11 11 10 9 8 8 9 9 10 14 14 14 12 11 11 11 11 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Adrian Sutil 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 16 16 17 17 18 21 20 19 19 18 17 17 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 15 19 19 19 19 19 18 15 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 14 14 14 15 17 17 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 13 13 13
Jarno Trulli 18 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 13 12 11 8 9 11 12 17 16 16 16 16 14 14 14 14 13 12 12 14 15 18 17 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18
Rubens Barrichello 19 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 17 18 19 24 24 23 22 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 17 16 16 16 17 18 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17
Timo Glock 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 21 20 21 22 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19
Vitantonio Liuzzi 21 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 18 19 21 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22
Narain Karthikeyan 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21
Jerome dAmbrosio 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 22 22 23 23 21 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20
Nick Heidfeld 24 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 15 14 14 13 14 14 14 13 14 14 14 14 15 20 19 19 17 17 17 17 17 14 14 14 13 13 13 14 16 15 15 15 14 14 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 14 12 12 12 11 10 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8

Fastest laps

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race.

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.727 52
2 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.891 0.164 60
3 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’26.958 0.231 61
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.162 0.435 60
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.187 0.460 Set on 2 laps
6 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.247 0.520 55
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.518 0.791 63
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.615 0.888 52
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’28.737 2.010 22
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.791 2.064 52
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’29.081 2.354 24
12 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.132 2.405 52
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.155 2.428 34
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.391 2.664 64
15 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’29.463 2.736 34
16 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’29.469 2.742 42
17 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’29.592 2.865 35
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’30.049 3.322 27
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.618 3.891 34
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.783 4.056 34
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.635 4.908 40
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.549 5.822 36
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.848 6.121 33
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’33.884 7.157 22

All lap times

Having shown good race performance earlier this year, Ferrari were much slower on the new hard tyre compared to their closest rivals.

Once Vettel and Hamilton weren’t stuck behind Alonso, they were able to lap quicker than him on the soft tyres. But the switch to hard tyres hurt Alonso even more, as the lap times chart below makes clear.

He was around two seconds per lap slower like-for-like, which explains how he went from leading the race on lap 18, to being lapped before the end of the race.

His lack of pace on the hard tyres helps us understand why Ferrari didn’t risk using them in Q1. That only exacerbated his problem on race day, as it meant he went into the race with no fresh sets of soft tyres which could have shortened the time he spent on hards.

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) on each lap.

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 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Mark Webber 96.329 90.827 90.082 90.197 90.196 90.28 90.055 90.497 90.568 94.633 108.38 89.526 89.314 89.453 89.664 89.453 89.716 90.192 93.22 104.615 88.259 88.511 89.029 89.709 89.306 89.728 89.478 89.806 92.309 108.174 90.346 90.41 91.48 91.252 90.655 91.215 90.556 90.475 90.426 88.657 89.789 89.363 88.83 89.795 89.724 90.071 92.31 104.453 87.461 87.187 87.519 87.187 88.386 88.104 87.703 87.67 88.162 88.438 87.452 87.554 88.46 88.789 88.929 89.607 90.118 91.228
Sebastian Vettel 95.274 90.633 90.549 90.346 90.12 90.023 90.062 90.326 92.911 107.78 90.311 89.673 89.497 89.944 89.723 89.949 90.17 93.001 104.115 88.061 87.394 88.078 88.571 88.782 88.511 88.544 88.447 88.394 88.824 89.704 88.998 89.161 90.247 92.572 106.533 88.563 88.689 88.562 88.865 88.953 88.802 88.193 87.933 88.987 88.007 88.087 88.177 91.072 104.905 87.774 87.456 87.839 87.215 87.639 88.207 87.871 87.557 87.435 87.474 87.162 87.205 87.675 87.48 88.065 87.842 88.382
Lewis Hamilton 96.991 91.189 90.239 90.011 90.083 90.127 90.183 90.464 90.526 90.838 92.882 105.417 89.076 89.875 89.844 89.976 90.001 90.482 89.603 88.024 88.595 89.022 91.408 105.362 87.841 88.047 88.15 87.706 88.09 89.879 88.459 89.61 89.338 90.054 92.869 106.276 88.458 88.371 88.343 88.705 88.516 88.21 88.072 89.434 87.497 87.827 88.268 89.217 90.037 105.301 87.881 86.727 86.911 87.386 88.058 87.879 87.548 87.422 87.655 87.185 87.167 87.641 87.534 87.953 87.989 88.202
Fernando Alonso 94.494 90.812 90.606 90.012 90.318 90.039 90.007 90.164 90.303 92.825 108.222 89.323 89.809 89.778 89.856 89.898 90.316 90.475 92.615 105.987 88.878 88.737 89.003 89.67 89.332 89.538 89.543 89.828 92.309 108.274 90.417 90.511 91.255 91.092 90.364 91.462 90.712 90.601 92.837 107.534 90.526 89.989 89.817 89.977 90.299 90.106 90.064 90.642 90.557 91.085 90.615 90.523 91.456 90.208 90.475 90.248 90.531 90.362 90.581 90.491 90.038 90.912 92.931 91.821 91.846
Jenson Button 100.998 93.15 92.804 91.195 91.097 91.635 92.104 92.008 92.05 92.953 91.496 91.684 91.335 93.547 106.433 88.792 89.107 89.463 89.694 89.668 89.626 89.198 89.511 89.811 90.013 89.935 90.05 90.221 90.188 93.425 106.938 88.49 88.995 88.887 89.349 88.991 88.658 89.106 89.168 88.913 89.045 88.735 88.83 89.028 89.168 89.279 89.93 92.247 105.467 88.814 87.92 87.892 88.639 88.013 87.978 88.015 88.612 87.657 87.631 87.878 88.643 87.697 87.518 87.955 87.776 87.945
Vitaly Petrov 98.084 92.394 91.62 91.181 91.523 91.689 91.929 91.958 92.097 92.5 95.398 110.762 92.239 91.189 91.863 92.378 91.257 91.005 91.007 90.991 91.477 91.658 93.845 91.765 92.712 95.302 111.842 89.634 90.318 90.659 90.605 91.546 90.125 90.196 89.592 91.077 90.727 90.39 91.013 91.33 93.849 111.199 90.739 91.27 92.181 90.83 90.993 90.83 90.575 90.676 90.769 91.338 90.626 90.641 91.677 92.649 93.144 90.729 90.583 91.196 90.981 90.532 90.901 90.999 92.366
Nico Rosberg 99.139 92.784 92.187 92.434 91.597 91.71 91.829 91.93 91.869 92.404 95.52 108.494 92.882 90.624 91.393 90.355 90.745 90.742 91.017 91.016 91.467 91.839 91.187 91.734 92.333 92.891 95.206 106.678 91.725 89.596 89.705 89.958 89.671 89.155 89.323 89.622 90.433 90.361 91.21 91.556 90.501 92.936 107.254 89.608 89.763 92.848 90.12 89.839 89.797 90.123 90.297 90.591 89.887 92.91 90.652 89.67 89.417 90.549 89.817 89.564 89.923 89.636 89.964 90.262 90.321
Felipe Massa 99.979 92.589 92.187 92.103 91.895 91.839 91.897 92.087 92.012 93.074 96.365 107.941 91.307 90.707 91.43 91.783 91.291 91.082 90.93 91.065 93.836 107.668 90.223 89.081 89.942 89.386 89.518 89.964 90.917 90.396 90.259 90.91 91.048 90.867 91.879 94.786 110.369 94.224 90.593 90.635 90.438 91.057 92.775 91.396 90.644 90.727 90.814 91.023 90.614 93.359 90.834 90.718 90.888 91.064 90.296 90.966 91.103 92.777
Pastor Maldonado 102.255 93.713 92.865 92.747 92.907 92.201 92.648 95.624 109.981 91.695 92.954 91.452 91.421 92.886 93.407 92.139 92.002 92.058 91.927 95.89 111.772 89.394 90.119 91.427 90.208 90.804 91.655 91.593 90.464 90.554 90.544 91.057 90.761 90.956 92.082 94.636 110.433 90.249 90.749 90.376 91.688 90.576 92.28 91.025 90.598 90.717 90.823 90.321 90.524 91.492 90.931 93.575 95.21 108.76 89.883 89.682 89.868 89.922 89.921 89.759 89.862 89.922 89.927 89.391 90.819
Michael Schumacher 98.633 92.839 92.136 92.005 91.738 91.711 91.903 91.809 91.849 94.99 107.184 91.62 91.663 91.267 92.941 91.501 91.25 91.167 90.774 91.274 91.23 91.61 91.139 91.669 92.32 93.631 107.167 90.838 90.804 90.428 90.573 90.241 90.058 89.463 90.197 90.717 90.428 89.923 91.798 90.965 92.641 107.165 89.572 89.818 90.228 90.367 91.74 90.98 89.821 90.272 90.616 90.021 89.953 92.203 90.225 90.065 89.804 90.236 90.661 89.672 89.848 89.833 90.277 89.851 90.373
Sebastien Buemi 100.611 93.281 92.686 93.231 92.265 91.834 92.064 92.421 95.014 109.552 90.964 92.973 91.695 92.987 93.166 91.431 91.745 91.647 91.65 91.542 91.623 91.799 92.144 92.631 95.502 112.156 90.049 91.987 91.859 90.537 90.357 90.932 94.728 90.57 90.573 90.974 90.771 91.065 91.713 91.39 93.954 97.423 111.01 90.314 90.378 90.545 90.308 91.458 91.759 91.437 90.638 90.646 90.889 90.286 90.578 90.867 90.839 91.215 90.295 90.599 91.343 91.28 92.217 91.412 92.03
Sergio Perez 101.433 93.462 92.783 92.668 92.343 92.046 96.176 113.566 92.481 91.926 93.918 94.836 93.989 92.061 92.392 92.53 92.506 92.398 93.305 93.427 92.041 91.868 92.001 92.351 92.464 92.484 92.684 93.368 97.626 106.339 88.462 88.313 88.406 88.83 88.765 91.954 90.03 90.352 91.246 90.979 90.093 90.126 89.882 90.745 90.047 90.661 94.55 106.747 87.84 87.889 88.137 88.178 89.417 90.571 87.247 88.259 88.385 89.522 89.353 90.354 93.523 90.175 90.033 89.882 91.18
Jaime Alguersuari 101.876 93.61 92.804 92.833 92.55 92.494 92.683 92.72 92.665 93.495 97.136 109.04 90.821 91.172 93.233 94.451 91.177 91.339 91.439 92.788 91.858 92.163 93.903 95.541 107.716 89.724 91.464 90.501 92.26 90.157 94.039 90.706 91.117 91.433 91.78 97.303 108.906 91.904 91.457 93.584 90.991 91.184 92.177 91.004 90.995 91.828 90.936 91.394 92.806 94.318 109.167 89.132 90.351 89.618 89.436 89.549 89.348 89.477 89.286 89.453 91.99 90.148 90.375 91.004
Kamui Kobayashi 117.59 115.192 92.575 92.592 92.49 92.564 92.812 92.433 92.532 92.775 93.583 93.735 94.279 92.879 93.193 92.285 92.338 92.669 93.402 92.705 93.326 92.576 92.519 92.467 97.319 107.742 89.741 89.86 88.911 90.333 91.041 89.453 90.423 89.428 89.707 89.553 90.569 89.555 90.027 89.829 90.207 90.584 92.212 94.533 107.963 87.636 88.314 88.435 87.713 87.947 89.386 87.615 88.172 89.264 89.104 91.855 91.044 88.672 88.499 88.95 90.118 89.62 89.689 90.192 91.597
Heikki Kovalainen 104.276 94.461 93.388 93.223 92.942 92.657 92.854 92.774 92.972 93.168 93.45 94.655 95.645 94.949 95.938 99.751 110.402 93.24 92.219 92.39 92.947 92.623 92.426 92.66 94.46 92.918 94.048 97.716 108.818 91.679 90.889 92.322 90.716 90.618 90.751 91.471 91.305 91.689 92.251 93.087 97.836 111.376 90.747 92.063 97.618 93.747 91.651 91.392
Paul di Resta 102.808 93.684 93.054 92.731 92.98 92.437 92.699 92.592 92.162 93.032 94.21 92.115 92.789 93.181 96.301 108.257 90.589 91.016 91.566 92.495 91.895 92.123 90.106 91.711 91.608 91.334 91.839 92.219 91.941 92.997 92.77 97.279 107.136 89.596 90.203 92.186 90.083 90.028 90.14 92.269 90.238 89.469 89.734 90.31 89.958 90.227 90.44 90.862 92.65 91.558 94.555 110.047 90.623 89.552 90.55 90.434 90.643 90.469 91.399 90.398 90.194 90.991 90.442 90.707 90.9
Adrian Sutil 106.107 95.586 95.026 94.61 94.435 94.268 94.115 94.028 93.824 94.298 95.636 95.169 96.397 109.845 91.573 91.599 91.212 91.064 90.856 90.874 90.598 91.013 91.312 91.674 92.49 92.805 91.943 93.101 93.85 96.485 108.603 90.669 90.347 90.599 90.541 90.061 89.908 91.064 90.074 90.149 92.513 90.146 90.319 90.61 90.931 92.981 91.226 94.405 110.997 90.024 90.252 88.791 89.588 89.615 88.844 89.125 89.092 89.001 89.22 88.86 89.114 91.231 89.638 89.329 89.677
Jarno Trulli 103.553 93.968 93.376 93.154 92.951 92.905 92.831 92.895 93.068 93.074 93.419 94.549 94.939 95.454 97.064 111.014 91.752 91.883 91.765 91.684 91.686 91.581 91.581 91.549 91.678 92.111 92.266 94.446 95.725 110.819 91.09 92.5 90.988 90.783 91.138 90.816 92.934 91.223 92.797 91.876 92.643 91.59 94.702 112.849 92.233 92.426 91.867 91.974 93.557 93.815 92.776 92.334 97.051 92.833 93.328 92.579 91.784 92.081 95.228 93.392 93.951 92.72 93.077 95.528
Rubens Barrichello 107.077 95.18 95.129 94.693 94.716 94.248 94.265 93.952 93.675 94.548 97.342 118.04 90.996 92.666 91.586 91.292 91.015 91.124 91.933 92.571 92.727 92.647 94.975 108.174 90.263 90.224 90.302 90.116 90.416 90.681 90.846 91.041 91.463 92.04 94.1 109.967 91.595 91.559 91.456 91.262 91.786 90.81 90.807 91.118 91.799 92.34 91.19 91.375 92.214 91.863 91.947 92.256 92.397 94.907 107.214 87.222 88.652 87.808 87.629 86.891 87.991 88.055 87.694 88.097
Timo Glock 107.556 96.456 95.865 95.863 95.34 95.206 95.231 95.914 95.579 95.306 95.491 95.6 96.679 95.204 96.371 99.174 113.867 93.553 95.174 94.599 93.441 93.464 93.532 95.754 94.068 93.257 93.609 94.519 93.902 94.787 94.605 93.458 94.443 93.311 93.519 94.194 94.848 98.092 118.16 91.635 92.35 91.865 91.717 91.667 92.038 93.228 92.079 92.35 95.229 92.624 92.693 92.102 95.424 113.99 94.413 91.902 94.935 93.882 93.41 95.358 97.097 95.565 100.596
Vitantonio Liuzzi 106.737 96.641 96.013 95.448 95.208 95.01 95.231 96.627 95.1 95.092 94.931 95.132 95.039 94.934 95.966 98.511 114.148 94.115 95.071 95.481 94.594 93.884 94.269 94.56 96.364 95.577 95.601 95.262
Narain Karthikeyan 108.183 96.537 96.01 95.697 95.293 97.073 95.581 95.757 95.215 95.368 96.244 96.932 96.338 102.71 117.328 94.425 94.924 95.434 94.591 98.738 94.459 94.269 95.896 97.41 96.444 98.002 100.526 103.39 119.895 94.776 93.861 93.639 92.848 94.534 97.005 94.523 94.896 95.721 93.732 96.245 97.364 96.971 96.142 96.358 96.294 97.852 103.332 116.984 100.289 99.056 94.902 95.23 96.604 97.627 94.123 94.169 94.574 94.454 96.037 95.563 96.257
Jerome dAmbrosio 108.573 96.553 96.056 95.639 95.593 95.551 95.278 95.698 95.15 95.486 95.45 95.632 96.44 96.273 97.136 97.238 100.259 115.23 92.982 93.585 95.716 95.573 93.887 93.847 93.976 95.115 97.268 94.493 95.47 94.993 98.919 96.472 96.668 99.672 115.073 92.549 92.796 92.827 92.975 93.033 92.677 92.933 92.929 92.983 92.938 92.692 92.764 93.451 96.166 114.953 93.378 97.241 93.113 94.23 93.401 94.817 93.295 93.693 93.884 93.913 97.625 94.679
Nick Heidfeld 105.164 94.838 94.52 93.91 93.737 93.373 93.942 93.343 93.166 93.141 93.452 94.138 94.333 93.628 93.813 96.3 94.318 93.618 93.529 93.493 97.521 107.556 89.817 91.494 91.304 89.786 89.499 90.124 93.926 92.605 89.433 89.8 90.507 90.493 91.5 93.604 108.332 87.915 88.282 89.662 88.529 88.712 88.019 88.581 89.902 89.042 89.479 90.437 90.117 93.128 105.392 89.301 87.367 88.349 87.999 87.385 87.184 88.035 88.945 87.181 86.958 87.192 87.166 87.402 88.297

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66 comments on Alonso goes from leader to lapped as Ferrari struggle on ‘super hards’

  1. MarcusAurelius (@marcusaurelius) said on 22nd May 2011, 19:55

    Looking at Heidfeld starting from 24th and finishing well ahead of Petrov who started 5th makes me wonder if it is worth skipping Qualification (or make a hard-tire effort only)…

    • Rob said on 22nd May 2011, 20:38

      I was wondering why they dont simply use one set of hards to get into the top 10, reserving all the softs and two sets of fresh hards for the race. Starting 10th with a full allocation of fresh tires should work considering how well it works for those who start last.

      The difficulty would be getting into the top 10.

      • mfDB (@mfdb) said on 22nd May 2011, 23:08

        Well, everyone but Mclaren and Redbull need the soft just to get to the top 10…if Ferrari, renault, and mercedes stay on hards in q2, then sauber, force india, and torrorosso get on the softs and make it q3…

        I see your point though, like shumacher this race, don’t fight for pole since you’re not going to get it, just get you highest position possible on hards and use them up in the first stint…then have your soft with a light car at the end of the race….

        • Mike said on 23rd May 2011, 5:07

          I think Schumacher had a technical problem.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd May 2011, 6:42

            He had a KERS problem, so he knew it was not going to be a good grid position anyhow and decided to take the chance for new tyres.

        • McLar3n said on 23rd May 2011, 6:20

          Everyone except McLaren and Redbull need the soft to get into top 17, not just top 10. Even McLaren just made the cut for Q2 with the hards, cause everyone bar Redbull and McLaren ran Q1 on softs.

          The strategy of not using many softs might work very well for the likes of McLaren. No good vs. Redbull in Q, but utterly devastating in race pace. Throw in a couple of unused tyre sets in that equation and you have a winner…

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 22nd May 2011, 22:00

      This progression from Malaysia on says we will see Q3 truly contested less and less. Sad. All the rules fiddling going on, we need to look at freeing up the saturday allocation. This time, we had a Mercedes sit out and lost out on a true battle for the poll because for Vettel, P1 wasn’t even worth it.

      • Mike said on 23rd May 2011, 12:00

        It was contested, it’s just the Red Bull cars were so far ahead of everyone else the contest for pole was only between them!

  2. rfs said on 22nd May 2011, 19:57

    Maybe the Ferrari just wasn’t getting the hards up to temperature?

    • Solo (@solo) said on 23rd May 2011, 13:19

      That is indeed their problem because they are very kind to their tyres and a more hard tyre would be hard for them to get up to temperature.
      Mclaren seem to put more heat on the tyres and are generally handling the softs worst than Ferrari and Red Bull, but that helps them put heat on the new hard tyres. Maybe that’s why Hamilton could manage to threaten Vettel.

  3. alex said on 22nd May 2011, 20:00

    Heidfeld was really impressive!

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd May 2011, 20:01

    First of all, it seems Ferrari were not able to get as much running out of the softs (might have been because of having only used ones for Alonso as Massa kept them longer with slower laps).
    But I figure they sort of forgot to tune the car in for the hards. Alonso stopped quite early hoping the second set would be better for him, but it didn’t improve his times.

  5. Sushi Meerkat (@sushi-meerkat) said on 22nd May 2011, 20:23

    Good news everyguys!, I’ve got an interview with Ferrari on Tuesday to be Fernando Alonso’s race Strategy Director, any advice would be welcome, my main selling point to Ferrari will be that “What ever Mark Webber does, I’d do that to!”

    Wish me luck.
    :D

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 22nd May 2011, 20:28

    I notice Kobayashi stuck the hards on as soon as he could. He does enjoy having the later stints on softs. He had a good race, just a shame he couldn’t have stuck to his usual strategy (not including the puncture), we could have seen an even better result from him.

    Heidfeld did really well also. Seems the back of the grid isn’t THAT bad.

    • bosyber said on 22nd May 2011, 21:38

      It seems a pretty good way to get good points, if you have some speed but want to avoid using tyres, and battling the first few laps. But I don’t think it can get you a win in normal situations. Even that podium by Webber was only doable for a Red Bull car I think.

    • Oliver said on 23rd May 2011, 9:28

      He stuck the hards on because, falling back after the first lap is totally different from starting from last position. So his only hope was to go on a very long stint.
      Kobayashi’s tenth position is in my opinion much better than Heidfeld’s 8th.

      • Ral said on 23rd May 2011, 11:24

        I agree. Also because the Renault is a faster car to begin with.

        Kobayashi is really thriving in the Sauber team and I think the Sauber team themselves really are starting to look like a really decent team in their own right, perhaps buoyed by their drivers’ performances. It’s easier when things go right perhaps, but at the moment they don’t seem to get mired in political mind-games quite as much as anyone else on the grid.

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 23rd May 2011, 21:11

        Agreed. Even with that first stop after the puncture, he still only did three stops! That means apart from lap 1 he really only did three stints, so effectively a 2 stop strategy from the back of the grid. Those Saubers are really gentle on the Pirellis!

  7. Fixy (@fixy) said on 22nd May 2011, 20:28

    Where’s the link to show the graphs full page?

  8. Adrian Morse said on 22nd May 2011, 20:59

    Keith, it should be “Lewis Hamilton began his third stint five laps later than Sebastian Vettel”.

    I think it’s because there are so many pit stops, that it’s easy to get confused. The Dutch commentator Olav Mol was wondering why Webber and Alonso had switched to hard tyres on lap 29, as he assumed they had softs left, but in fact they had gone through three sets before half distance!

  9. you guys gotta keep in mind that Fernando wasn’t able to use the DRS the entire race.

  10. Trent (@perf) said on 22nd May 2011, 21:02

    “Button could, however, and as a result only had to spend 18 laps on hards. That compares to Alonso and Webber who had to run 37 laps – more than half the race – on the slowest compound.”

    Very interesting, Keith. Maybe you could include those stats (as an additional table) for every driver from now on?

    • mitchibob (@mitchibob) said on 22nd May 2011, 23:23

      I have to agree.. hopefully, it’ll be relatively easy to get the lap time chart to include which tyres the driver was on at the time, rather than cross-reference with the table above. Or perhaps there’s some other visualisation that’ll help see what’s going on.

    • Mike said on 23rd May 2011, 5:17

      Considering how slow the hard compound was it leaves me baffled how two of the top teams could both let that happen. It’s not like they weren’t planning ahead…..

  11. bosyber said on 22nd May 2011, 21:19

    So it looks like Mercedes is really consistent, but consistently slower, on all types of tyre. That’s what lost Massa, and maybe Petrov, a lot of time until their 2nd stop; After that, Massa had about the same speed as Alonso. But that was the sort of speed Mercedes had already from the start, and getting slower near the end of the race.

    • Burnout (@burnout) said on 22nd May 2011, 22:14

      Agreed. Schumacher’s laptimes just show a very gradual trend towards quicker laps. If we didn’t know about the tyre changes, one would assume it was just because of the drop in fuel.

      Or was this because neither Mercedes ever got to run in clear air? Schumacher was constantly defending and Rosberg was running in dirty air throughout the race.

      • Paul A (@paul-a) said on 22nd May 2011, 23:00

        Isn’t this a question of older “ego” versus younger “ability”? Makes me wonder about common sense and team orders.

        • It is racing dude. Anybody has the right to defend position. Ego and ability thing is all in your dream.

        • McLar3n said on 23rd May 2011, 6:33

          It was outright racing between the two, and Schumacher has a superb defense arsenal. The move he made to prevent Rosberg overtaking into turn 1 midway through the race was epic.

          • W-K (@w-k) said on 23rd May 2011, 11:18

            Schumi’s defense might have been epic, but, I think if Rosberg had been allowed to pass Schumi early on, then Rosberg could possibl have taken Alonso. Which would have improved the teams performance, which is the more important consideration. Team points mean $’s.

          • Burnout (@burnout) said on 23rd May 2011, 19:06

            Maybe, W-K. But Team points meant $ at Suzuka last year too, and Rosberg didn’t move over for Schumacher who was clearly quicker after the final pit stops. I’m just happy that Mercedes is still being fair to both its drivers by not imposing team orders just yet.

  12. bosyber said on 22nd May 2011, 21:35

    It is a bit sad, Ferrari seemed to think at the start of the season that they had made their car “easy” on the tyres, and would thus perhaps have slight issues heating up the tyres, but also a corresponding longer lifetime of them, which didn’t really happen in a useful way. It seems the Pirelli tyres get wrecked if aren’t fully heated up, effectively underloading them or something. And Ferrari have that problem more or less constantly with those harder tyres.

    As Massa said, I guess they will really be hoping the Monaco compounds will work better with their car, but there will be too few such races this year to save their season, it looks like.

    • Atticus said on 22nd May 2011, 22:55

      This new hard compound is, as we know it, different from the one used until Turkey, it’s a kind of ‘super hard’ which suits Ferrari even less (even harder to get temperature into them) and suits Lewis’ aggressive driving style even more. All in all I think this is the trye on which Lewis is going to get his best results this year, it’s perfect for him compared to the other three.

      I expect Ferrari to be much more competitive in Monaco on the softs and the super softs, Red Bull with less of an advantage, and McLaren as usual. But I still believe Vettel and Webber have the one lap pace to lock out the front positions so even with Ferrari keeping up with them they won’t be able to capitalise on this because overtaking in Monaco is impossible – even with DRS, because there simply isn’t enough space.

  13. Peter Levy said on 22nd May 2011, 21:42

    Keith I had a thought with respect to these charts, which are great by the way and I really enjoy trying to analyse them.

    Anyway my idea was that it would be good to include in the ‘Pit Stops’ chart an indicator (“H” and “S” maybe) on the chart itself of the tyre used in each stint.

    Might need a smidge of re-design to avoid clutter, but I think it would be good.

  14. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 22nd May 2011, 21:50

    I am beginning to question the wisdom of this FIA / Pirelli / FOTA? / Ecclestone decision to make tyres last substantially less and increase the number of pittstops. I was quite looking forward to it as last year’s Bridgestones, particularly the harder ones at each track, could potentially last the whole race, and I felt that the mandatory use of both types was (and still is) very artificial. But I’m beginning to have doubts …

    It certainly adds to the “spectacle” by decreasing the importance of driver skill (with the exception of “saving tyres” – pussy-footing – which I do not think is a proper part of racing) and putting responsibility into the hands of the team management’s computer geeks for “strategy” – to the point where even the professional radio/tv commentators are getting vague or even lost.

    Alonso came close to proving my point (and Keith’s graphs confirm it): a very good start that demonstrated the true “art” of a driver; two stints in the lead without the slightest hint of weaving or other dirty tricks to keep other cars behind him; then dropping slowly back to fifth because of tyre design. The Ferrari car might not have deserved better than fifth, but the Ferrari driver certainly did. Being lapped was ignominious.

    So, while the “Pirelli philosophy” might be acceptable for a constructors’ championship, I am getting more and more concerned for the drivers’ championship. It’s just too easy to say that “everyone’s in the same boat” and “manage your tyres”, but that does not allow driver skill to shine when it comes to scoring points.

    Hopefully we’ll see better at Monaco – every race is a new day.

    • substructure said on 22nd May 2011, 23:22

      totally agree, although i reckon saving tyres “should” be a part of racing, however only if its a viable alternative to going all out… i dont think theres anything wrong with button style tyre conservation, apart from it being a bit boring, but when its the only option its not really racing anymore. thats the problem with all of this i think – theres no room for multiple strategies

  15. Jian said on 22nd May 2011, 22:04

    Do we know why Lewis couldn’t make his tires last at least 3 laps longer than Vettel’s softs before the stop to change to hards? Did he use a set of old soft tires? I thought his shot for 1st probably ended right there…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd May 2011, 22:14

      I think Hamilton used his set of new softs in his second stint, and Vettel did likewise in his third.

      • Steven Burns said on 22nd May 2011, 23:16

        Vettel went 0.5seconds quicker in his first 2nd sector after switching to the softs… this forced Hamilton into pitting when he did, as if he’d gone further he would just have slipped further behind. As it was, he was 2.5seconds behind when he came out of the pits. If he had stayed out this gap would just have widened and there was no benefit of the fresher tires at the end as the Hards were not going off as quickly as the softer compound.

        • Mr draw said on 23rd May 2011, 14:56

          I was expecting Hamilton to stay out for at least a couple of more laps, or even not stopping at all, but unfortunately he didn’t. If he had made his final pitstop later, he would also have closed the gap, after which his better tyres would have enabled him to be close enough to make the DRS work.

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