Adrian Sutil, Force India, Monaco, 2011

Super-soft tyres lasting far longer than expected

2011 Monaco GP FP2 analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Monaco, 2011
Adrian Sutil, Force India, Monaco, 2011

Pirelli expected their super-soft tyre would be good for no more than ten laps in Monaco.

But in second practice the tyres were lasting for more than 20.

Here’s all the data from the second practice session.

Longest stint comparison

  • In second practice the super-soft tyre held up surprisingly well over long stints. Sebastian Vettel did a 23-lap stint on them and was able to lap in the high 1’18s (see graph below)
  • Jenson Button did similarly well on his run on super-softs (also below), improving his best time by half a second 16 laps into his stint
  • Will the tyres last this well in the race? It’s not a given as Monaco typically sees very high track evolution as the surface becomes cleaner and grippier. But at this stage Pirelli’s initial estimate of ten-lap stints on the super-softs looks very conservative

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
Sebastian Vettel 79.03 78.808 78.585 78.888 79.437 80.066 79.033 79.285 81.538 79.256 87.776 83.543 87.365 78.598 79.66 78.833 86.857 88.708 78.817 80.31 143.048
Mark Webber 79.789 80.091 87.149 79.971 80.169 87.322 79.512 79.658 79.572 91.243 79.468 79.235 86.826 79.183 87.496 79.147 125.774
Lewis Hamilton 84.409 79.236 79.008 82.708 84.233 91.365 80.503 78.848 127.268
Jenson Button 79.577 79.522 79.295 79.567 79.796 80.882 81.59 79.256 79.246 81.249 79.385 80.169 82.688 92.712 78.614 82.281 142.439
Fernando Alonso 78.749 78.88 78.984 78.777 78.638 80.719 78.512 83.172 79.231 83.627 78.909
Felipe Massa 79.385 78.827 78.426 78.549 79.16 86.235 78.373 78.469 84.311 78.429 79.128 94.096 80.71 91.9
Michael Schumacher 79.814 79.876 79.684 89.392 87.323 85.515 79.445 79.811 92.692 83.606 120.093
Nico Rosberg 81.036 83.303 79.929 80.1 80.551 81.628 81.742
Nick Heidfeld 82.542 82.157 84.181 81.091 81.08 83.665 90.305 80.576 86.266 143.807
Vitaly Petrov 83.02 82.982 78.471 98.191 78.135 85.299 78.02 83.843 77.339 77.883
Rubens Barrichello 83.844 82.326 91.641 81.701 81.188 80.892 88.296 92.018 84.859 83.5 81.13 86.762 82.046 81.44
Pastor Maldonado 82.342 82.509 80.584 81.083 81.369 80.957 81.33 83.92 80.943 82.761 82.608 85.106 94.187 80.894 80.58 140.225
Adrian Sutil 81.246 81.424 81.294 81.257 81.128 81.571 81.459 81.957 81.292 82.908 81.013 80.939 81.063 86.521 83.982 81.489 135.434
Paul di Resta 80.484 84.938 91.454 83.13 79.735 90.962 79.053
Kamui Kobayashi 84.663 84.667 81.433 81.924 82.034 81.119 81.048 81.834 81.505 81.398 81.082
Sergio Perez 82.161 80.287 80.337 87.088 80.487 80.584 80.479 80.342 86.217 80.34 80.751 80.24 80.544 93.62 80.216 80.271 90.297 79.953 85.225 81.714 81.144 86.031 86.713 81.742 141.521
Sebastien Buemi 81.383 80.902 80.848 80.661 81.431 80.551 80.528 80.371 80.674 84.597 84.417 80.693 81.272 88.121 81.19 85.482 81.653
Jaime Alguersuari 83.265 81.921 81.514 81.091 81.263 81.596 82.076 82.187 81.584 81.463 81.603 81.463 81.729 82.179 87.65 82.453 82.55 82.71 83.239 86.196 84.562 86.473 142.74
Heikki Kovalainen 83.435 82.331 82.225 82.563 86.29 81.869 82.705 82.405 82.379 82.972 84.504 164.454 83.132 127.037
Jarno Trulli 83.594 83.076 82.273 85.124 82.41 81.781 81.93 81.871 82.2 82.702 90.785 83.263 82.547 133.128
Narain Karthikeyan 88.102 85.092 93.752 94.964 88.52 85.089 84.015 83.579
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Timo Glock 83.685 82.143 88.131 82.558 82.321 85.677 83.519 83.223 82.767 82.669 83.386 89.673 82.769 122.617
Jerome d’Ambrosio 82.702 82.072 82.668 82.612 83.011 85.759 83.658 84.062 84.37 84.097 88.555 87.524 86.903 91.177 141.821

Complete practice times

  • Narain Karthikeyan was outside the 107% time from Q1 (1’21.982) set on soft tyres. If his FP2 time was set on super-softs, it does not bode well for his chances of qualifying
  • Giedo van de Garde, Sam Bird and Jules Bianchi were all faster than Karthikeyan in the GP2 qualifying session held after second practice
  • Another unexpected property of the super-soft tyre was that some drivers were able to improve their times after their first lap. This could have an effect on qualifying, allowing drivers an extra chance to set a good lap if they get stuck in traffic
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.123 2/5 53 42
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.228 0.105 3/4 70 33
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.321 0.198 2/2 57 44
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.448 0.325 1/3 56 38
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.667 0.544 3/3 50 46
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.781 0.658 3/5 51 45
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.356 1.233 5/5 66 33
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.642 1.519 3/3 56 42
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’17.101 1.978 3/3 62 46
10 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’17.126 2.003 4/6 62 38
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’17.337 2.214 4/4 67 35
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.541 2.418 1/3 46 47
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.570 2.447 3/3 36 39
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.581 2.458 1/2 30 32
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’17.633 2.510 1/3 24 49
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.706 2.583 1/3 36 37
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.789 2.666 1/3 46 43
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’18.266 3.143 7/7 62 50
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’18.490 3.367 2/5 59 39
20 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’19.053 3.930 7/7 15 15
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.185 4.062 2/4 59 40
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.338 4.215 2/3 24 35
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’22.066 6.943 4/7 50 33

Ultimate lap times

  • Taking all their sector times into account the gap between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is even smaller. But remember Hamilton set his best time later in the session, benefiting from the track evolution
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.121 0.002
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.193 0.072 0.035
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.321 0.200 0.000
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.355 0.234 0.093
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.667 0.546 0.000
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.742 0.621 0.039
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.191 1.070 0.165
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.528 1.407 0.114
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’17.101 1.980 0.000
10 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’17.126 2.005 0.000
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’17.208 2.087 0.129
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’17.352 2.231 0.281
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.410 2.289 0.131
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.570 2.449 0.000
15 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.581 2.460 0.000
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.663 2.542 0.043
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.707 2.586 0.082
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’18.021 2.900 0.245
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’18.297 3.176 0.193
20 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’19.038 3.917 0.015
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.125 4.004 0.060
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.209 4.088 0.129
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’21.989 6.868 0.077

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 283.4
2 15 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 283.3 0.1
3 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 281.7 1.7
4 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 280.3 3.1
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 280.2 3.2
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 279.2 4.2
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 279 4.4
8 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 278.9 4.5
9 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 278.9 4.5
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 278.4 5
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 277.7 5.7
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 277.5 5.9
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 277.3 6.1
14 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 277.1 6.3
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 277.1 6.3
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 276.7 6.7
17 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 276.7 6.7
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 275.9 7.5
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 275.7 7.7
20 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 275.7 7.7
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 274.7 8.7
22 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 274.3 9.1
23 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 274.3 9.1

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