Ferrari: Alonso rues ‘bad luck’ after retiring

2011 Canadian GP team review

Both Ferrari drivers were unhappy after the Canadian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa
Qualifying position 2 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’13.199 (-0.018) 1’13.217
Race position 6
Laps 36/70 70/70
Pit stops 3 4

Ferrari 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
Fernando Alonso 139.168 126.647 125.172 125.232 98.121 97.013 95.948 103.3 127.511 128.343 127.364 121.785 94.797 94.223 94.982 95.076 110.039 95.932 119.412 113.439 108.588 105.88 123.339 137.16 141.27 126.322 122.962 122.573 122.626 121.163 121.963 122.057 120.033 95.448 110.345
Felipe Massa 140.805 126.228 125.135 124.651 97.883 96.92 96.269 103.706 127.003 128.386 127.712 121.394 95.045 94.602 94.951 95.108 95.29 94.234 99.805 108.574 120.035 118.936 131.512 136.547 140.31 126.765 124.313 121.83 123.43 120.97 122.01 122.429 121.221 94.391 106.957 108.452 115.213 125.09 124.422 92.014 91.325 90.571 90.575 89.69 88.756 89.521 88.041 87.52 88.424 90.835 101.817 123.375 92.223 83.526 85.089 103.468 100.549 92.81 118.24 88.015 83.026 81.888 81.376 82.383 80.721 81.576 79.148 81.151 79.919
Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Montreal, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Montreal, 2011

Fernando Alonso

Alonso was quickest in the disrupted second practice session. He snatched second on the grid from his team mate at the end of qualifying by less than two hundredths of a second.

He made a concerted effort to pass Sebastian Vettel at the start of the race, but after that dropped back from the Red Bull.

Alonso took the plunge and switched to intermediate tyres on lap 17, while Massa did not. Although he picked off Nick Heidfeld on his first lap out of the pits, two laps later he was back in for wets as the rain returned.

When the race resumed after the two-hour interruption, Alonso was down in ninth.

He pitted for intermediates again on lap 36, losing more time having to queue behind his team mate, and came out in front of Jenson Button.

Button went down the inside of him at turn three and the pair banged wheels, sending Alonso spinning onto a kerb where his Ferrari became stuck, ending his race.

Afterwards he said: “it?s a real shame because today we really had a good race pace but we were unlucky: that?s not a feeling I have, it?s a fact”.

Fernando Alonso 2011 form guide

Felipe Massa

Out-qualified by Alonso again but was much closer than usual.

He kept pace with Alonso at the start of the race as well, lapping within a second of him.

Massa did not pit for intermediate tyres early on, but did take a second set of wets which dropped him behind Kamui Kobayashi.

Repeated attempts to pass the Sauber finally bore fruit on lap 51. But Michael Schumacher got past them both, leaving Massa in third.

He pitted for slicks on the next lap but spun the car on his out-lap, damaging his front wing and having to pit again.

Now down in 12th, Massa worked his way up into the points. In the final six laps he passed Jaime Alguersuari and Nico Rosberg to take seventh.

Accelerating out of the final corner he used his DRS to beat Kobayashi to the line by 0.045s to claim sixth. Even so, he was unhappy with the result:

“I can?t draw much satisfaction from this sixth place, given the potential we had here.

“My chances of finishing on the podium and also of fighting for the win given how things went, just evaporated when I was passing [Narain] Karthikeyan . He was going very slowly on the dry line but then, as I was passing him on the wet, he accelerated and I lost control of the car ending up in the wall.

“Thanks to the next safety car, I was able to catch up to the pack and then, in the end, I passed a few cars to get as high as sixth. I am angry, there is no point denying it”.

Felipe Massa 2011 form guide

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62 comments on Ferrari: Alonso rues ‘bad luck’ after retiring

  1. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th June 2011, 3:19

    If I was Massa I should have had punched the steward for allowing HRT in the race,he drove well & I wish better result in the near future,that last duo between him & Koba was great.

  2. TheVillainF1 (@thevillainf1) said on 14th June 2011, 15:35

    Khartikeyan was actually quite decent this weekend, only a tenth off Liuzzi in quali and would’ve finished 14th were it not for a time penalty for cutting a chicane.
    There is one dry line, Massa knew that. He’d have gotten passed the HRT soon enough, hell he probably could have gotten past on the line he did take since the HRT was slow, Massa just put on a tad too much throttle too early, nobody to blame but himself.
    Same for Alonso. Button had the run on him and was level with him in the braking zone, Alonso should have yielded, he knew there wasn’t space for two cars there but decide to try and scare Jenson off and hope he made his car disappear, with disastrous results for both, Alonso out, Button limping back to the pits with a puncture. To call this incident Jenson punting him off is ludicrous.

  3. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 14th June 2011, 23:28

    Pity about Massa. Thought he was going to get a podium, if not a win perhaps. At least this’ll be a confidence boost though, his performance all weekend was fantastic.

  4. a slow driver hobbled Massa’s race..
    hmm monaco anyone?

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