Red Bull: Vettel finally cracks under pressure

2011 Canadian GP team review

Vettel led under pressure for the third race in a row – and this time it got to him.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 1 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’13.014 (-0.415) 1’13.429
Race position 2 3
Laps 70/70 70/70
Pit stops 3 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
Sebastian Vettel 138.174 126.919 125.303 125.715 96.175 94.827 95.452 101.724 133.172 128.183 127.373 121.938 92.888 93.332 94.273 94.094 94.275 94.636 98.313 119.585 106.537 128.207 131.282 136.761 140.547 127.452 123.983 122.236 122.993 121.708 122.295 122.034 121.847 92.422 91.444 109.685 130.783 125.563 124.599 90.847 90.311 89.874 89.632 89.52 88.848 88.105 87.924 87.202 87.011 86.431 87.354 101.713 92.865 84.791 82.319 96.098 113.953 126.105 120.643 81.152 80.45 80.307 80.797 80.347 79.474 77.837 77.38 77.217 81.858
Mark Webber 141.667 126.285 124.915 124.669 108.19 99.785 98.355 106.014 113.733 130.509 125.454 120.76 97.12 96.44 95.902 97.044 95.692 94.64 102.86 128.42 107.379 106.385 126.852 137.728 141.046 126.401 122.77 122.455 123.595 120.584 122.089 121.962 120.437 94.879 106.795 108.845 114.342 125.357 123.029 92.977 93.308 91.626 90.723 89.689 89.999 89.918 88.267 89.156 102.968 93.617 84.626 84.455 85.759 81.887 84.435 99.176 107.463 120 120.284 82.583 81.276 80.454 82.1 79.572 79.845 79.63 80.875 80.449 79.83
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Montreal, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Montreal, 2011

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel added his name to the Wall of Champions in first practice, damaging the front-right corner of the car.

But it scarcely put him off his stride. On Saturday he was fastest in final practice and took his sixth pole position of the year.

He spent most of the race in the lead, coming under pressure chiefly at restarts from the likes of Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, both of whom he successfully repelled.

But he regretted not pushing harder following the final restart when Jenson Button started to loom large in his mirrors.

For the third race in a row he was under pressure in a sprint to the flag – but this time he cracked.

On the penultimate lap he locked his front-right wheel at the hairpin and Button was close enough to use the DRS and start putting him under real pressure. Halfway around the final lap the car momentarily got away from him at turn six and Button was through into the lead.

He said afterwards: “I was building up something like a four second lead and then I thought that the people behind would run a similar pace so I wasn?t trying to pull away too much because I don?t know what might happen afterwards with tyres or another safety car phase.

“I was probably a bit too cautious there. If I would have pulled away by six or seven seconds then it would have been a different story”.

Even so, Vettel increased his margin at the head of the points table to 60 – more than two whole race wins.

Sebastian Vettel 2011 form guide

Mark Webber

After a straightforward Friday Webber hit trouble on Saturday and once again the car’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System was to blame.

He never made it out of the pits in the final practice session and had to qualify without KERS, ending up fourth.

Contact with Lewis Hamilton on the first racing lap saw him lose ten places. But he quickly began to make up ground.

By lap eight he was ninth having passed the Force India, Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button, who had pitted.

Following the first restart he took Vitaly Petrov but was unable to make an impression on the other Renault.

By lap 54 he’d moved up to third thanks to some well-timed strategy calls.

Trying to pass Michael Schumacher while fighting a rearguard action against Button proved difficult. He went straight on at the final chicane more than once, and had to yield position to Schumacher on one occasion.

Eventually he ran too wide at the exit of the chicane and the car almost got away from him, allowing Button to pounce. But with three laps to go he finally prised the final podium place from Schumacher’s hands.

Mark Webber 2011 form guide

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55 comments on Red Bull: Vettel finally cracks under pressure

  1. Maksutov said on 15th June 2011, 7:17

    I am not so sure that Vettel cracked under pressure, as everyone makes it out to be. He has already proven to be exceptional even under “more” pressure for longer periods of time. It is more likely that he simply caught a wet part of the track which is what happened…

  2. Dar4Ferrari (@) said on 15th June 2011, 21:31

    i think if SV truly ‘cracked under pressure’ he wouldn’t have had the cool head to save a sure DNF….he made a mistake…as did Massa during the race…the difference was sebs mistake only cost him 7 points Massa’s possibly cost him 17

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