Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Montreal, 2011

Teams mix set-ups expecting rain on Sunday

2011 Canadian GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Montreal, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Montreal, 2011

With rain expected for tomorrow’s race, some teams have compromised the set-ups on their cars to maximise their chances.

The results can be seen in the data from qualifying, with drivers running more downforce finding their cars slower on the main straight.

And the question is, will it pay off for them in the race?

Qualifying times in full

  • Only two drivers failed to improve their times from Q1 to Q2 – Adrian Sutil and Rubens Barrichello
  • Sebastian Vettel lap time was eight-tenths of a second off the fastest ever lap of the current configuration of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a 1’12.275 by Ralf Schumacher in 2004
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’14.011 1’13.486 (-0.525) 1’13.014 (-0.472)
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’13.822 1’13.672 (-0.150) 1’13.199 (-0.473)
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.026 1’13.431 (-0.595) 1’13.217 (-0.214)
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’14.375 1’13.654 (-0.721) 1’13.429 (-0.225)
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’14.114 1’13.926 (-0.188) 1’13.565 (-0.361)
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’14.920 1’13.950 (-0.970) 1’13.814 (-0.136)
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1’14.374 1’13.955 (-0.419) 1’13.838 (-0.117)
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’14.970 1’14.242 (-0.728) 1’13.864 (-0.378)
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’15.096 1’14.467 (-0.629) 1’14.062 (-0.405)
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’14.699 1’14.354 (-0.345) 1’14.085 (-0.269)
11 Paul di Resta Force India 1’14.874 1’14.752 (-0.122)
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’15.585 1’15.043 (-0.542)
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’15.694 1’15.285 (-0.409)
14 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’14.931 1’15.287 (+0.356)
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’15.901 1’15.334 (-0.567)
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’15.331 1’15.361 (+0.030)
17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber 1’16.229 1’15.587 (-0.642)
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’16.294
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’16.745
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’16.786
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’18.424
22 Timo Glock Virgin 1’18.537
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1’18.574
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 1’19.414

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 for the sixth time in seven races, by half a second. Sutil said: “I made a mistake in the hairpin on my last lap. I hit a bump under braking which caused the rear tyres to lock and I slid wide”.
  • Fernando Alonso maintained his unbeaten record against Felipe Massa but it was much closer between the two Ferrari drivers
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’13.014 -0.415 1’13.429 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’13.565 -0.273 1’13.838 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’13.199 -0.018 1’13.217 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’13.864 +0.050 1’13.814 Nico Rosberg Q3
Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’14.062 -0.023 1’14.085 Vitaly Petrov Q3
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’15.361 +0.318 1’15.043 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’15.287 +0.535 1’14.752 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’15.285 -0.302 1’15.587 Pedro de la Rosa Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’15.901 -0.393 1’16.294 Jaime Alguersuari Q1
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’16.786 +0.041 1’16.745 Jarno Trulli Q1
HRT Narain Karthikeyan 1’18.574 +0.150 1’18.424 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’18.537 -0.877 1’19.414 Jerome d’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • Once again, Vettel was the fastest driver in all three sectors
  • Mark Webber’s KERS problem cost him the most time down the long straight in sector three
  • Renault confirmed Nick Heidfeld is carrying more downforce than Vitaly Petrov in anticipation of rain tomorrow, which is reflected in their contrasting sector times
  • Likewise McLaren, despite Jenson Button’s words to the contrary, are believed to have run with more downforce. Martin Whitmarsh said: “Perhaps our cars had a little bit too much downforce for today?s qualifying session, which was dry; but, if it rains tomorrow, which is what the weather forecast tells us it will probably do, then we should be in good shape”
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Sebastian Vettel 20.258 (1) 23.195 (1) 29.401 (1)
Fernando Alonso 20.292 (3) 23.404 (3) 29.474 (2)
Felipe Massa 20.286 (2) 23.381 (2) 29.485 (3)
Mark Webber 20.339 (5) 23.430 (4) 29.660 (8)
Lewis Hamilton 20.402 (6) 23.472 (5) 29.659 (7)
Nico Rosberg 20.419 (7) 23.683 (9) 29.573 (4)
Jenson Button 20.310 (4) 23.589 (6) 29.687 (9)
Michael Schumacher 20.430 (8) 23.680 (8) 29.618 (6)
Nick Heidfeld 20.620 (9) 23.604 (7) 29.838 (11)
Vitaly Petrov 20.668 (10) 23.736 (10) 29.608 (5)
Paul di Resta 20.910 (15) 24.021 (14) 29.721 (10)
Pastor Maldonado 20.802 (12) 23.911 (11) 30.330 (17)
Kamui Kobayashi 20.834 (13) 24.124 (16) 30.089 (13)
Adrian Sutil 20.851 (14) 23.976 (13) 29.906 (12)
Sebastien Buemi 20.950 (16) 24.138 (17) 30.245 (14)
Rubens Barrichello 20.774 (11) 23.964 (12) 30.303 (16)
Pedro de la Rosa 20.964 (17) 24.021 (14) 30.362 (18)
Jaime Alguersuari 21.289 (18) 24.555 (19) 30.267 (15)
Jarno Trulli 21.427 (19) 24.700 (20) 30.605 (19)
Heikki Kovalainen 21.528 (20) 24.452 (18) 30.676 (20)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 21.938 (21) 25.221 (23) 31.152 (22)
Timo Glock 21.942 (22) 25.183 (21) 31.266 (23)
Narain Karthikeyan 22.147 (23) 25.185 (22) 31.093 (21)
Jerome d’Ambrosio 22.312 (24) 25.548 (24) 31.554 (24)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers? maximum speeds.

  • Lewis Hamilton believes he is in good shape for the race despite his low straight-line speed. He said: “We?re losing a couple of tenths along the back straight, which hurt us in qualifying. We?ve got a long seventh gear ?ǣ a bit too long for qualifying perhaps ?ǣ but that should be good for overtaking and will be a help when I?m slipstreaming as it means I won?t be on the limiter.”
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 324.2
2 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 323.6 -0.6
3 Adrian Sutil Force India 322.0 -2.2
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 321.3 -2.9
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 321.3 -2.9
6 Paul di Resta Force India 320.5 -3.7
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 320.0 -4.2
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault 319.8 -4.4
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 319.6 -4.6
10 Nick Heidfeld Renault 319.5 -4.7
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 319.3 -4.9
12 Mark Webber Red Bull 318.3 -5.9
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 316.8 -7.4
14 Jarno Trulli Lotus 316.7 -7.5
15 Jenson Button McLaren 316.7 -7.5
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 316.0 -8.2
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams 315.4 -8.8
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams 315.2 -9.0
19 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 314.5 -9.7
20 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 314.3 -9.9
21 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 312.7 -11.5
22 Timo Glock Virgin 312.4 -11.8
23 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber 311.1 -13.1
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 307.6 -16.6

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