Start, Monaco, 2011

Red Bull: Vettel takes another win under pressure

2011 Monaco GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

For the second weekend in a row Sebastian Vettel soaked up pressure to win.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 1 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’13.556 (-0.463) 1’14.019
Race position 1 4
Laps 78/78 78/78
Pit stops 2 3

Red Bull 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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Sebastian Vettel 84.839 80.269 79.811 79.485 79.537 79.756 79.795 79.388 79.688 79.558 79.696 79.732 80.446 80.049 81.288 102.038 83.336 80.24 79.655 79.507 79.083 79.701 79.083 79.267 79.815 80.228 79.166 78.871 78.598 79.11 79.207 78.733 79.513 86.283 128.925 121.496 117.606 115.216 81.036 80.203 79.66 79.245 79.747 79.275 79.224 79.316 79.039 79.191 79.456 79.314 79.471 79.399 79.587 79.827 79.508 79.963 79.345 79.218 79.071 79.046 79.189 79.627 79.747 79.323 79.811 79.482 80.411 79.779 85.712 129.529 123.655 125.402 78.215 78.532 76.939 76.557 76.267
Mark Webber 88.794 81.897 80.827 80.041 80.152 79.716 80.006 80.238 80.137 80.374 80.319 80.405 81.099 81.505 82.753 113.935 85.5 81.798 80.666 80.567 81.064 81.248 81.762 81.627 81.977 82.028 81.675 81.606 81.697 82.181 81.9 82.552 86.786 138.073 92.489 85.86 84.788 110.829 83.873 83.181 82.98 81.826 81.342 81.356 81.305 81.378 81.607 81.338 80.884 80.636 80.36 80.582 80.83 80.185 99.484 82.079 78.631 78.437 79.084 78.227 78.725 78.948 78.61 79.773 81.87 82.824 77.908 78.137 105.583 103.628 95.605 120.72 84.682 81.118 78.378 79.337 76.234

Sebastian Vettel

Start, Monaco, 2011
Start, Monaco, 2011

In qualifying, Red Bull abandoned their recent tradition of doing a single run in Q3 and got both Vettel and Webber out to do laps early in the session. This was vindicated when Sergio Perez’s crash caused a lengthy stoppage.

Having led at the start, Vettel dropped behind Jenson Button when the McLaren driver opted for super-soft tyres at his first pit stop. The usually highly-efficient Red Bull mechanics delayed him by several seconds on this occasion.

At the end of the race Vettel found himself under pressure from behind for the second weekend in a row. This time he had Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button breathing down his neck.

The battle for first place was resolved when the race was red-flagged, allowing him to cast off the soft tyres he’d been using for 56 laps.

But Vettel was convinced he’d have won even without the interruption: “I was struggling with my tyres, but I think we could have made it to the end as it is difficult to pass around here.”

His lap times seem to support his view – he was lapping consistently in the 1’19s, and although his times were getting slower they were not doing so especially quickly.

Vettel did supremely well in keeping his tyres alive for such a long stint. Whether he could have gone the whole way without succumbing to an error or a passing attempt from Alonso, will remain tantalisingly unanswerable.

Sebastian Vettel 2011 form guide

Mark Webber

Last year’s winner only managed three laps in the first practice session due to a gearbox problem. He qualified third but couldn’t keep Fernando Alonso behind as they sprinted to Sainte Devote at the start.

Events took a turn for the worse when he pitted directly after Vettel and lost more time in the pits: “We didn?t really go long enough on the first stint, which is normal for me on these tyres, so that compromised me.

“When I arrived in the pits we didn?t have any tyres out, I arrived and sat there, but the boys were still getting them ready. There was a radio communication problem within the team and so they weren?t properly prepared.”

Having dropped as low as 14th, Webber made patient progress, taking advantage of incidents in front of him to move up to seventh.

He came alive towards the end of the race, passing Vitaly Petrov and Adrian Sutil in a single lap. He followed that up for a move on Kamui Kobayashi for fourth.

Mark Webber 2011 form guide

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