Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Hamilton rues costly qualifying strategy

2011 Monaco GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

“With hindsight, we probably should have put a banker in” was Lewis Hamilton’s assessment of his performance in qualifying in Monaco.

Failing to do a time earlier in Q3 cost him when the session was interrupted by a red flag.

Hamilton set a time that was only good enough for seventh. He said: “I had no temperature in my tyres or my brakes, so I didn?t manage to pull a great lap together.”

Making matters worse, the lap was later deleted by the stewards and he was relegated even further down the grid.

Examine all the data from Monaco qualifying below.

Qualifying times in full

Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’15.606 1’14.277 (-1.329) 1’13.556 (-0.721)
2 Jenson Button McLaren 1’15.397 1’14.545 (-0.852) 1’13.997 (-0.548)
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’16.087 1’14.742 (-1.345) 1’14.019 (-0.723)
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.051 1’14.569 (-1.482) 1’14.483 (-0.086)
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.092 1’14.981 (-1.111) 1’14.682 (-0.299)
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.309 1’14.648 (-1.661) 1’14.877 (+0.229)
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’15.207 1’14.275 (-0.932) 1’15.280 (+1.005)
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.858 1’14.741 (-1.117) 1’15.766 (+1.025)
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’15.819 1’15.545 (-0.274) 1’16.528 (+0.983)
10 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’15.918 1’15.482 (-0.436)
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.378 1’15.815 (-0.563)
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’16.616 1’15.826 (-0.790)
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’16.513 1’15.973 (-0.540)
14 Paul di Resta Force India 1’16.813 1’16.118 (-0.695)
15 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’16.600 1’16.121 (-0.479)
16 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’16.681 1’16.214 (-0.467)
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’16.358 1’16.300 (-0.058)
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’17.343
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’17.381
20 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’17.820
21 Timo Glock Virgin 1’17.914
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 1’18.736

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.

  • Paul di Resta beat Adrian Sutil again – but only by a very small margin
  • Michael Schumacher out-qualified Nico Rosberg for the first time this year
  • Sergio Perez comfortably beat Kamui Kobayashi to gain a place in the final ten
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’13.556 -0.463 1’14.019 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’15.280 +1.283 1’13.997 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’14.483 -0.394 1’14.877 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’14.682 -1.084 1’15.766 Nico Rosberg Q3
Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’16.214 +0.399 1’15.815 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’15.826 +0.281 1’15.545 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’16.121 +0.003 1’16.118 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’15.973 +0.491 1’15.482 Sergio Perez Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’16.358 -1.462 1’17.820 Jaime Alguersuari Q1
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’17.343 -0.038 1’17.381 Jarno Trulli Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’17.914 -0.822 1’18.736 Jerome d’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • The performance of the Sauber drivers is strikingly different in each sector, suggesting very different approaches
  • Vettel was fastest in all three sectors
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Sebastian Vettel 19.162 (1) 34.367 (1) 20.027 (1)
Jenson Button 19.227 (2) 34.622 (3) 20.088 (2)
Mark Webber 19.388 (4) 34.439 (2) 20.192 (3)
Fernando Alonso 19.413 (5) 34.691 (6) 20.296 (5)
Michael Schumacher 19.483 (9) 34.704 (7) 20.398 (7)
Felipe Massa 19.430 (6) 34.731 (8) 20.353 (6)
Lewis Hamilton 19.332 (3) 34.632 (4) 20.243 (4)
Nico Rosberg 19.433 (7) 34.652 (5) 20.656 (10)
Pastor Maldonado 19.615 (11) 35.291 (10) 20.590 (9)
Sergio Perez 19.473 (8) 35.353 (13) 20.559 (8)
Vitaly Petrov 19.542 (10) 35.324 (12) 20.883 (16)
Rubens Barrichello 19.667 (13) 35.312 (11) 20.677 (12)
Kamui Kobayashi 19.765 (15) 35.239 (9) 20.904 (17)
Paul di Resta 19.852 (16) 35.478 (14) 20.668 (11)
Adrian Sutil 19.763 (14) 35.483 (15) 20.875 (15)
Nick Heidfeld 19.623 (12) 35.517 (16) 20.862 (14)
Sebastien Buemi 19.928 (17) 35.519 (17) 20.775 (13)
Heikki Kovalainen 20.391 (20) 35.841 (19) 21.084 (19)
Jarno Trulli 20.359 (19) 35.967 (20) 21.055 (18)
Jaime Alguersuari 20.134 (18) 35.746 (18) 21.212 (20)
Timo Glock 20.402 (21) 36.092 (21) 21.388 (22)
Jerome d’Ambrosio 20.792 (22) 36.580 (22) 21.364 (21)

Speed trap

  • Straight line speed is far less important at Monaco than at other tracks
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Adrian Sutil Force India 285.6
2 Jenson Button McLaren 284.7 -0.9
3 Paul di Resta Force India 284.3 -1.3
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 284.1 -1.5
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 284.1 -1.5
6 Rubens Barrichello Williams 283.8 -1.8
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams 283.7 -1.9
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 283.5 -2.1
9 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 283.0 -2.6
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 283.0 -2.6
11 Nick Heidfeld Renault 282.7 -2.9
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 282.2 -3.4
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 281.9 -3.7
14 Jarno Trulli Lotus 280.2 -5.4
15 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 280.1 -5.5
16 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 280.0 -5.6
17 Sergio Perez Sauber 279.9 -5.7
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 279.8 -5.8
19 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 279.7 -5.9
20 Mark Webber Red Bull 278.6 -7.0
21 Timo Glock Virgin 277.8 -7.8
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 277.7 -7.9

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