Hectic session makes form hard to read

2011 Canadian GP FP2 analysis

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Montreal, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Montreal, 2011

Reading much into practice times is always difficult.

But developing a picture of the competitiveness of the cars after today’s disrupted running is even harder than usual.

The second session saw several interruptions, to the extent that none of the front-running drivers set clear laps on a fresh set of super-soft tyres.

Making matters even more complicated, the teams are bracing themselves for the chance of rain over the next two days, as Mark Webber noted: “It?s a tricky venue here and we might have some different weather conditions thrown into the mix over the next 24 hours”.

Longest stint comparison

  • After the last red flag, several drivers got in race simulation runs on the soft tyres
  • Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton’s lap times compare very similarly – both lapping consistently for at least eight laps. Most likely they were running in close company on the track
  • Fernando Alonso set the fastest tme of the session at the beginning of his stint, but his lap times dropped off more quickly
  • Mercedes focused on long runs having struggled with tyre wear in Monaco. Nico Rosberg was encouraged by the his pace on his stint, which was the longest any driver did today
  • Jaime Alguersuari, who has struggled on race stints this year, fdeclared himself happier with the car here: “I was very impressed with our long run race simulation, because the car seemed to perform much more consistently than in the past. For example, degradation on the rear tyres does not appear to be much of an issue.”

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sebastian Vettel 79.299 79.662 78.778 78.811 82.154 78.375 78.222 78.249 78.204 81.022
Mark Webber 79.433 79.398 79.178 79.591 78.929 82.804 81.292 79.226
Lewis Hamilton 79.717 79.827 78.934 79.039 81.341 78.349 79.424 78.589
Jenson Button 80.361 84.533 79.769 79.328 80.488 80.398 79.019
Fernando Alonso 81.538 75.107 79.773 92.689 83.753 79.55 75.506 76.599 77.479
Felipe Massa 79.181 78.723 78.575 78.306 78.398 79.254 83.596 78.944 83.873
Michael Schumacher 81.583 81.399 81.489 81.145 81.415 80.735 80.867 80.803
Nico Rosberg 80.833 79.806 80.135 80.833 79.854 79.281 79.238 79.553 79.242 79.25 79.879 79.08 78.966 78.932
Nick Heidfeld 83.154 80.886 81.261 80.506 81.261 84.672 99.519 85.723 80.632
Vitaly Petrov 81.351 81.238 80.796 80.906 83.095 81.238 81.741 81.368 81.168
Rubens Barrichello 83.759 84.63 82.726 85.084 86.82 82.379
Pastor Maldonado 84.739 82.496 81.811 82.011 81.631 81.937 81.904 82.893 86.045 83.424 81.499 81.279
Adrian Sutil 81.819 80.369 80.331 79.848 78.751
Paul di Resta 82.022 80.907 80.678 80.479 80.671 80.769 92.084 80.623 80.348 80.121
Kamui Kobayashi 78.436 78.005 85.487 77.867 77.883
Pedro de la Rosa 81.873 83.326 81.011 80.833 79.93 79.291 79.653 78.983 78.578 78.536
Sebastien Buemi 81.492 80.107 79.871 79.372 79.584 78.845 78.85 78.439
Jaime Alguersuari 80.608 80.216 80.405 82.097 80.623 80.622 80.654 80.433 80.336
Heikki Kovalainen 84.024 90.27 79.633 78.78 81.137 78.509 88.155 79.023 79.237 78.482
Jarno Trulli 83.42 86.793 83.634 81.641 86.306 84.196 81.092 86.229
Narain Karthikeyan 85.019 84.683 82.436 83.684 85.476 86.52 86.715 84.166 84.458
Vitantonio Liuzzi 82.875 82.58 82.307 82.628 87.763 85.045 83.275 85.032 84.796
Timo Glock 84.186 82.153 84.705 81.576 82.013
Jerome d’Ambrosio 82.925 81.915 82.673 80.922 84.697 81.486

Ultimate lap times

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

  • With drivers repeatedly aborting attempts at laps on the faster super-soft tyres, and often spoiling laps by going off the track, the ultimate lap times are a less useful guide than usual
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.988 0.119
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.238 0.250 0.238
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.465 0.477 0.512
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.488 0.500 0.113
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.786 0.798 0.203
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.970 0.982 0.132
7 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’16.089 1.101 0.000
8 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.324 1.336 0.000
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’16.381 1.393 0.041
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.576 1.588 0.329
11 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.687 1.699 0.000
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’16.941 1.953 0.000
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.008 2.020 0.043
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.563 2.575 0.121
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.571 2.583 0.186
16 17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.387 3.399 0.149
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’18.387 3.399 0.095
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.388 3.400 0.213
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’18.429 3.441 0.041
20 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.953 3.965 0.256
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.809 4.821 0.001
22 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’20.137 5.149 0.174
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’20.221 5.233 0.063
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’20.804 5.816 0.118

Complete practice times

  • Several front runners their best laps earlier in the session, when the track will have offered less grip, meaning they can potentially lap a few tenths quicker
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.107 2/9 83 34
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.476 0.369 6/6 19 29
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.601 0.494 6/6 38 33
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.977 0.870 3/3 18 26
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.989 0.882 4/4 21 25
6 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’16.089 0.982 2/2 83 34
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.102 0.995 6/6 36 28
8 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.324 1.217 2/4 48 32
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’16.422 1.315 2/3 44 32
10 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.687 1.580 4/4 52 28
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.905 1.798 3/4 30 16
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’16.941 1.834 3/3 31 39
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.051 1.944 4/4 58 32
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.684 2.577 2/3 36 34
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.757 2.650 3/3 39 20
16 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’18.470 3.363 6/6 58 33
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’18.482 3.375 10/10 93 38
18 17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.536 3.429 10/10 93 14
19 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.601 3.494 3/8 86 38
20 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’19.209 4.102 3/3 49 28
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.810 4.703 1/4 88 25
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’20.284 5.177 3/3 58 31
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’20.311 5.204 2/6 53 38
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’20.922 5.815 4/6 45 26

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 329.7
2 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 328.7 1
3 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 328.5 1.2
4 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 328.5 1.2
5 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 328.1 1.6
6 15 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 326.4 3.3
7 17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber Ferrari 324.6 5.1
8 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 324.1 5.6
9 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 323.5 6.2
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 323.1 6.6
11 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 321.1 8.6
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 320.8 8.9
13 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 320.5 9.2
14 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 320.5 9.2
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 320.5 9.2
16 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 320 9.7
17 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 319.3 10.4
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 319.2 10.5
19 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 318.7 11
20 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 317.9 11.8
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 317.7 12
22 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 317.1 12.6
23 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 316.3 13.4
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 314.5 15.2

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15 comments on Hectic session makes form hard to read

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th June 2011, 22:35

    Hard to tell, but I think the picture is still Red Bull up ahead, with McLaren possibly closer than ever this year and Fernando not too far from that.
    Mercedes might do a good Qualli with Rosberg but I fear the tyres will be a concern.

  2. david said on 10th June 2011, 22:39

    well, is really complicated to make a prediction , but i think mclaren have the potential to be on pole or first line for sunday… but then again all could mix a little tomorrow with the rain..

  3. Dave Blanc said on 10th June 2011, 22:41

    I think Saturday morning will tell us more – at the moment it’s not clear. However, I’d say RB look strong as do Mclaren and Alonso’s Ferrari. However if we get a bit of rain….who knows!

  4. Dave Blanc said on 10th June 2011, 22:50

    @Vettel after FP1 crash: “That’s what i’m talking about (waves pointed finger in air)”. Sorry – couldn’t resist and he keeps winning so i never get a chance to poke fun at him!

    • Alex R said on 11th June 2011, 8:18

      Ahaha, I feel awful for laughing but that marshall falling over running to check on Vettel was classic!! Poor guy

  5. GeordiePorker said on 10th June 2011, 22:53

    Tough call…difficult to see past McLaren & Ferrari, but the question is whether Seb can get ahead of the Mercs.
    Grid: LH, SV, JB, FA, NR
    Result: LH, JB/FA (I can’t call), NR, SV
    –or maybe I’m just being optimistic hoping that the Championship can close up a bit!!

  6. Marc said on 10th June 2011, 23:57

    We shall see a merc on the front row Sunday.

  7. jake said on 11th June 2011, 0:12

    Remember that Lewis’ stint was on the slower, harder tyre so for times to be comparable with Vettel is very positive

  8. Johnny86 said on 11th June 2011, 0:40

    Vettel set a 1’15.4″ on the prime tyres as well and alonso 15.2….they didnt improve much on super softs. They couldnt string together a perfect lap. I think Vettel will be on pole ,but from there he’ll go backwards. FA to win,LH 2nd and probably Jb or SV 3rd if the rain doesnt show up.if it does ,then its anyone’s guess.

  9. Atticus said on 11th June 2011, 14:25

    If it does not rain, it’s going to be closer than ever. (Well, not three 1’21.072 as it was in Jerez 1997…)

    As Johnny said above Vettel and Alonso both did their respective best laps on softs. Nobody did a classic one-lap super-soft run. So Q-pace is hard to predict.

    Unlike FP1, based on FP2 we could draw conclusions about race pace. Ferrari has the upper hand. Even Massa’s stint was quicker and more stable (probably due to clean track though) than any of the Red Bulls or McLarens. Imagine what would Alonso have done if he wouldn’t messed up two of his laps (one in Turn 2, and one in the hairpin). Red Bull and McLaren are close, Mercedes – so so much.

    But Sunday’s temperatures are almost surely going to be lower than Friday’s, which helps Red Bull and McLaren catch Ferrari in terms of race pace.

    I’m eager to see Q-runs in FP3 in little more than 30 minutes, but I also think Red Bull will have the upper hand.

    • Atticus said on 11th June 2011, 14:26

      *Mercedes – not so much. And a couple of grammatic errors as usual. I’m sorry I’m not English.

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