Start, Barcelona, 2011

Williams: Maldonado reaches Q3 but still no points

2011 Spanish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams point-less streak continued in Spain despite a top-ten start for Pastor Maldonado.

Technical director Sam Michael said the team had a lot to work on: “Although our end positions don’t look like it, we are improving but it is extremely tight in the midfield. If you don’t get it right, you end up 15th instead of 10th.

“The main thing for us now is to keep focused and to improve the upgrades we bring to the car.

“Over the next couple of races in particular we need to get the front and rear wings and the diffuser working. Today we had a problem with the rear jack on both cars so we will look into that before Monaco.”

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 19 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’26.910 (+3.504) 1’23.406
Race position 17 15
Laps 64/66 65/66
Pit stops 4 4

Williams 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 59 60 61
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
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

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello’s qualifying was ruined by a gearbox problem, leaving him 19th on the grid albeit with a full stock of fresh soft tyres.

He started the race on hard tyres with the intention of getting that stint out of the way early. But he had to run a final stint on hard tyres again and, like Maldonado, he was delayed by slow pit stops due to the jack problem.

More problems with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System cost him further time. “That?s another race with no points”, he said. “We need to improve”.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Start, Barcelona, 2011
Start, Barcelona, 2011

Pastor Maldonado

Gave the team some cheer by making it into Q3 for the first time. “The car wasn?t great so we took a bit of a risk and decided to run the new rear wing in qualifying”, he said.

But having started ninth he was down to 13th by the first corner: “We didn?t have a great start, which is something we need to work on.”

Made four stops like his team mate – who he passed at one point. Finished the race trying to pass Sebastien Buemi for 14th.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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