Williams: Barrichello in points, Maldonado crashes

2011 Canadian GP team review

Williams arrived at Canada with a large array of upgrades including a new front wing, brake ducts, barge boards and diffuser, as well as a special rear wing for the track.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 16 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’15.361 (+0.318) 1’15.043
Race position 9
Laps 70/70 61/70
Pit stops 4 5

Williams 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
Rubens Barrichello 155.624 125.44 124.846 119.751 101.075 101.69 98.952 106.346 113.798 131.06 125.906 119.111 98.155 98.634 113.647 97.989 95.289 96.291 121.539 115.143 111.71 109.68 109.318 131.187 145.003 129.378 122.23 120.509 120.135 120.459 122.049 122.558 133.941 95.99 92.546 104.781 113.405 125.867 121.114 94.525 92.469 92.223 91.985 91.757 89.497 89.515 90.279 89.592 103.235 95.028 86.803 85.586 95.316 83.763 85.501 104.227 103.875 97.899 119.523 93.956 83.263 83.68 83.216 81.951 80.818 80.42 80.316 80.625 84.772
Pastor Maldonado 150.562 126.024 124.098 122.169 101.431 100.221 99.951 106.501 113.897 130.861 125.35 120.2 98.519 99.156 99.261 97.579 112.199 99.676 126.367 118.674 111.917 107.199 109.814 126.316 147.455 128.907 121.633 120.133 119.637 120.555 121.07 123.859 116.653 109.726 95.508 102.736 112.8 125.978 120.023 94.069 93.77 92.45 92.606 91.844 90.24 89.354 91.429 90.939 88.961 105.089 99.375 84.265 86.992 87.192 84.31 105.441 105.018 92.554 118.672 137.05

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello brought points home for the second race in a row but felt there was more on offer than ninth place:

“It should have been more but I lost a potential sixth or seventh place when I went off-line to avoid [Kamui] Kobayashi after the last safety car went in.

“He ran wide while overtaking a backmarker and rejoined the track without seeing that I was there. I was then forced off-line and lost a lot of positions”.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Montreal, 2011

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Montreal, 2011

Pastor Maldonado

Another solid qualifying performance means Maldonado has now started in front of his team mate more often than not.

He made a mistake on lap seven which allowed Vitaly Petrov and Mark Webber past. He lost further time switching to intermediates and then back to wets within two laps before the race was suspended.

That left him 20th but he made up ground with a well-timed switch to intermediate tyres.

He passed his team mate and Nico Rosberg, only for Barrichello to come back past him again on lap 42.

Alguersuari passed him on lap 47, then made an error on the next lap which delayed the Williams driver and allowed Jenson Button a run at him to pass.

At the final restart Maldonado ran into the back of Rosberg, breaking his front wing. He pitted for a new wing but crashed on his out-lap.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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18 comments on Williams: Barrichello in points, Maldonado crashes

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th June 2011, 16:50

    I certainly think Maldonado can evolve into a solid F1 driver. He seems to have gotten to grips with qualifying by now. Just cut out the mistakes now Pastor.

    Not sure if Rubens still feels the joy of racing around there, but finishing in the points might have been a small reward to boost his spirits.

  2. Nikos said on 13th June 2011, 16:51

    Great race for Rubens. He was unlucky in the end as it was in Monaco too…Go Rubinho!

  3. Philonso (@philonso) said on 13th June 2011, 17:01

    maldonado is like a naturally talented ape. he has the bare ability to go fast but his ability to learn and develop is pretty pedestrian in comparison. Each week there is a tiny improvement but it makes me wonder how long till he is a complete driver. I don’t think it’ll happen this year… for sure

  4. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 13th June 2011, 17:19

    Did anyone see this crash of Maldonado’s?

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 13th June 2011, 17:32

      I just saw his car parked out of turn 1.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th June 2011, 22:55

      I didn’t see it either.

    • DavidM said on 20th June 2011, 13:07

      He rushed out of the pits (still damp at the pit exit?) and there was no grip at all so it seemed like the tires just locked and slid for 15+ meters.. couldn’t even make the turn.. slid onto the grass which was wet and continued to slide right into the wall in front of grandstand 11 where the wing got broken again. Dang.. on track for only a couple of seconds.

  5. Gary said on 13th June 2011, 18:11

    I think at this stage of the season Maldonado seems to be closer to Rubens than Hulkenberg was, although Rubens does seem to have had some bad luck in qually recently. Will be interesting to see how they go at Valencia as Rubens seems good there and he’s been out qualified by Pastor twice in a row.

    Should be interesting how this season pans out for Williams, I really did hope for something special for Rubens & Williams when I first saw the FW33, seems like its not to be though.

  6. sato113 (@sato113) said on 13th June 2011, 21:40

    i swear the BBC call him ‘Pastol‘. it annoys me.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th June 2011, 22:57

    Everything seemed to be going well for Williams a good distance into the race then it just fell apart. From what I remember Barrichello was lucky to avoid Kobayashi.

  8. MattHT (@mattht) said on 13th June 2011, 23:02

    Pastor has shades of Petrov 2010 about him – looks to have the talent but needs to iron out the mistakes. He will do in time I reckon. Rubens should have done better here, but he brought it home at least, better than pushing for 7th or 8th and walling it.

  9. MaurĂ­cio Fonseca said on 14th June 2011, 17:52

    The tragic history of Williams… Will they ever be even rometely good in a short time? All the while, Rubens keeps getting the paycheck. The guy will make 500 Grand Prix this way, no pressure, no results, just… going. (and safely).

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