HRT at risk under 107% rule again

2011 Monaco Grand Prix FP1 analysis

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Monaco, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Monaco, 2011

Both HRT cars were more than 7% slower than the fastest car in the first practice session at Monaco.

Even with the use of super-soft tyres in Q1, they may struggle to make the cut for the race.

Here is all the data from the first practice session in Monaco.

Longest stint comparison

  • The soft tyres held up well on a ‘green’ track. Daniel Ricciardo ran a 17-lap stint, setting his fastest time of the session on the 16th
  • Longer stints from Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil showed little drop-off in the tyre’s performance
  • As usual, no-one ran the softer of the two tyres (in this case, the super-soft) in the first session

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
Sebastian Vettel 87.821 91.782 83.919 76.781 93.999 82.472 76.619 142.711
Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton 80.168 78.77 84.861 78.136 87.117 80.484 89.109 84.978 77.35
Jenson Button 81.368 81.206 78.268 85.152 83.436 85.619 78.2 90.519 77.534 83.58 129.561
Fernando Alonso 83.331 77.262 96.461 77.109 93.492 89.317 76.732 131.388
Felipe Massa 87.067 89.082 77.801 85.635 86.023 82.758 77.316
Michael Schumacher 83.273 79.492 88.791 78.805 90.904
Nico Rosberg 77.518 81.082 77.139 95.412 84.459 84.41 82.149 81.51 117.817
Nick Heidfeld 82.848 90.833 87.843 81.228 96.363 80.704 83.73 80.27
Vitaly Petrov 80.718 79.229 85.92 79.36 78.733
Rubens Barrichello 88.185 89.812 83.404 86.881 79.442 95.3 91.546 79.395 140.274
Pastor Maldonado 79.912 78.856 94.169 78.527 98.087 79.373 78.967 136.079
Paul di Resta 82.801 84.203 88.6 80.394 85.147
Adrian Sutil 83.105 82.065 81.548 81.648 82.759 81.887 82.766 90.961 82.458 81.893 83.803 82.314 81.913 135.12
Kamui Kobayashi 89.656 83.902 80.143 79.768 91.023 80.647 136.679
Sergio Perez 81.295 80.763 117.956 89.951 80.926 79.924 101.598 89.231 80.471 95.533 86.762 79.792 85.729 79.927 107.866 158.914
Sebastien Buemi 79.921 79.536 87.555 79.619 79.586 79.234 90.173 86.34 80.246 85.828 79.282
Daniel Ricciardo 83.112 81.582 83.866 80.559 80.295 83.114 80.361 84.023 80.318 86.095 89.432 82.035 83.03 80.066 86.417 79.463 153.275
Heikki Kovalainen 81.209 80.538 90.372 82.912 89.378 91.944 80.799 80.083
Jarno Trulli 83.412 82.632 81.816 88.735 86.172 82.963 83.982 81.207 87.725 133.765
Narain Karthikeyan 98.718 95.367 92.26 90.435 89.49 88.772 87.755 86.52 86.043 85.594
Vitantonio Liuzzi 87.641 85.93 84.255 84.047 83.963 93.494 82.84
Timo Glock 83.956 83.15 82.248 87.516 81.815
Jerome d’Ambrosio 90.389 89.449 86.827 91.127 85.699 84.522 84.163 99.368 83.903 88.891 83.011

Ultimate lap times

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

  • Vettel’s fastest (actual) lap time would give a 107% time of 1’21.982. Both HRTs are outside this even on their ultimate laps
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi has the greatest potential to improve as he crashed during the session
  • The super-soft tyre is expected to be one second per lap faster, and on this data they will certainly need it to get into the race. Keep an eye out in FP2 to see how much faster teams are able to go with it
  • Not being within 107% of the fastest time in practice is potentially a problem for the team if they are unable to set a time during practice, as they may not be able to make a case to the stewards that they deserve a dispensation
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.551 0.068
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.651 0.100 0.081
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.139 0.588 0.000
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’17.282 0.731 0.034
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.283 0.732 0.251
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.288 0.737 0.062
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.304 1.753 0.501
8 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’18.506 1.955 0.021
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’18.578 2.027 0.000
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’18.733 2.182 0.000
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’18.786 2.235 0.142
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.959 2.408 0.275
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.126 2.575 0.642
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’19.219 2.668 0.176
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.463 2.912 0.000
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.581 3.030 0.211
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’20.083 3.532 0.000
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’20.671 4.120 0.445
19 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’21.100 4.549 0.448
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.582 5.031 0.176
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.600 5.049 0.215
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’22.840 6.289 0.000
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’23.560 7.009 0.325
24 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.005 18.454 0.000

Complete practice times

  • Teams often use less or no DRS in first practice which can distort the times. But in Monaco even those who were using it appeared to activate it very little
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.619 7/8 92 25
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.732 0.113 7/8 92 24
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.139 0.520 3/9 85 20
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’17.316 0.697 7/7 74 24
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.350 0.731 9/9 70 23
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.534 0.915 9/11 91 24
7 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’18.527 1.908 4/8 88 30
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’18.578 1.959 4/4 75 24
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’18.733 2.114 5/5 78 16
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.805 2.186 4/5 65 14
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’18.928 2.309 5/6 92 19
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.234 2.615 6/11 85 24
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’19.395 2.776 8/9 92 24
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.463 2.844 16/17 93 25
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.768 3.149 4/7 90 25
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.792 3.173 12/16 88 26
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’20.083 3.464 8/8 70 23
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’21.116 4.497 4/4 66 27
19 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’21.548 4.929 3/14 79 32
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.758 5.139 7/7 75 31
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.815 5.196 5/5 74 17
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’22.840 6.221 7/7 46 13
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’23.885 7.266 8/9 92 37
24 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.005 18.386 /1048575 42 3

Speed trap

  • There is a much narrower spread of fastest speeds on the slow Monaco track
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 280.8
2 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 280.3 0.5
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 280 0.8
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 279.9 0.9
5 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 279.4 1.4
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 279.4 1.4
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 279.1 1.7
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 278.8 2
9 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 277.9 2.9
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 277.8 3
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 277.4 3.4
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 277.2 3.6
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 277.1 3.7
14 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 276.9 3.9
15 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 276.5 4.3
16 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 276 4.8
17 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 276 4.8
18 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 275.9 4.9
19 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 275 5.8
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 274.7 6.1
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 274.5 6.3
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 273 7.8
23 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 272.7 8.1
24 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 259.4 21.4

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26 comments on HRT at risk under 107% rule again

  1. ankitpardeshi (@ankitpardeshi) said on 26th May 2011, 12:08

    is adrian really 19th paul 9th

    • Bäremans said on 26th May 2011, 12:21

      No, it’s the other way around.
      Indicates they are on different programs or Paul is evaluating new parts or so.
      This gap between them is not due to driver capabilities.

  2. ankitpardeshi (@ankitpardeshi) said on 26th May 2011, 12:10

    now corrected

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th May 2011, 12:13

    Looks like Ferrari are doing fine on the sofst, lets hope for them they can improve a bit on the super soft tyres.

    Red Bull will have their customary 0.7-1 second in their pockets with turing on the aggressive mapping and full use of the DRS. McLaren might have something in reserve as well.

    Nice to see the comparison of Narain and Tonio. I think it nicely shows the difference between going full on these tyres from the start and giving it a slower few laps at the start.
    Certainly they will struggle again in Q1, as they did not even make that limit last year (that was about the time the FIA and teams started talking about reintroducing it).

  4. Dave Starling said on 26th May 2011, 12:17

    If HRT can’t get in the 107% at any stage, am I right in thinking that they can’t protest over the EBDs?

  5. Mike (@mike) said on 26th May 2011, 12:19

    I’m just noticing that Lotus are only half a second off Sauber. Well done Lotus.

    I do hope HRT get through.

  6. ads said on 26th May 2011, 12:23

    to be honest, just this once id rather them not race. They’re just a very slow moving chicane. Normally i like to see them race but if ever there was a race that the teams are gonna be praying for them not to make the cut its this one.

  7. Madman (@madman) said on 26th May 2011, 12:26

    Hi Keith

    Is there a chance you could omit the in-lap times of the drivers in your graphs (such as the longest stint comparison above) as it would enable the rest of the data to be seen more clearly as it could be spread out more?

    Just a thought to make comparing easier. Great job as always otherwise :)

  8. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 26th May 2011, 12:26

    Why do everyone have such a big loss of lap time after their long stint?
    Is it because of the degradation of the tyre? Or because of a red flag?

  9. TFLB said on 26th May 2011, 12:30

    In the ultimate laps chart the Force India drivers are the wrong way round.

  10. Damon said on 26th May 2011, 14:47

    If I was any of those top trams that is exactly what I’d be doing!

  11. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 26th May 2011, 17:00

    Please HRT; if you’re not going to be challenging for points, at least make the 107% rule. I was so disappointed in Melbourne… :(

  12. box this lap said on 26th May 2011, 17:16

    The 107% rule. A complete waste of logistics if they don’t make it.

  13. Todfod (@todfod) said on 26th May 2011, 19:56

    As a viewer, I think the 107% rule puts HRT into the limelight. Every team needs a goal.. for Ferrari, Mclaren, RBs its the WDC and WCC, other teams all have ambitions of beating their closest competitors and getting in the points, etc.

    HRT are in a league of their own right now. Their goal is to make the 107% cut off, and try to get both cars home. Without the 107% rule HRT is aimless and lost, and I enjoy watching them give it their all just to race on Sunday.

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 26th May 2011, 20:11

    I can see the teams protesting about congestion again if HRT manage to not get into the 107% time for at least a couple of sessions.

  15. Owen said on 26th May 2011, 22:37

    Senna’s pole time in 1990 was 1:21.314, I wonder if HRT can beat that? :-P

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