Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

Engine rules tweak can’t keep Red Bull off front row

2011 European GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

Changes to the rules on engine mappings for the European Grand Prix did not keep Red Bull from locking out the front row.

Sebastian Vettel took his seventh pole position out of eight races.

Here’s all the data from qualifying in Valencia.

Qualifying times in full

  • The engine mapping restriction may not have stopped Red Bull from locking out the front row, but their advantage over their rivals was not as great as it has been. Perhaps more significantly, they did not find as much time between Q2 and Q3 as they often have done this year.
  • Nick Heidfeld saved tyres by not doing a lap in Q3: “When I went out in Q3, we saw that Sutil was not going to do a lap time so we quite rightly came back in because the cars ahead had posted times that were considerably quicker.”
  • Adrian Sutil didn’t do a lap because the team didn’t think they could improve on tenth place: “We didn?t go out in Q3 because we felt it was better to save another set of soft tyres for the race. Also, we saw in Q2 that Heidfeld was three tenths away and that it would be difficult to improve on P10.”
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’39.116 1’37.305 (-1.811) 1’36.975 (-0.330)
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’39.956 1’38.058 (-1.898) 1’37.163 (-0.895)
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’39.244 1’37.727 (-1.517) 1’37.380 (-0.347)
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.725 1’37.930 (-1.795) 1’37.454 (-0.476)
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.413 1’38.566 (+0.153) 1’37.535 (-1.031)
6 Jenson Button McLaren 1’39.453 1’37.749 (-1.704) 1’37.645 (-0.104)
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.266 1’38.373 (-0.893) 1’38.231 (-0.142)
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.198 1’38.365 (-0.833) 1’38.240 (-0.125)
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’39.877 1’38.781 (-1.096)
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’39.329 1’39.034 (-0.295)
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.690 1’39.068 (-0.622)
12 Paul di Resta Force India 1’39.852 1’39.422 (-0.430)
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’39.602 1’39.489 (-0.113)
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’40.131 1’39.525 (-0.606)
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’39.690 1’39.645 (-0.045)
16 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’39.494 1’39.657 (+0.163)
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’39.679 1’39.711 (+0.032)
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’40.232
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’41.664
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’42.234
21 Timo Glock Virgin 1’42.553
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’43.584
23 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 1’43.735
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1’44.363

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.

  • Michael Schumacher was just nine-thousandths of a second slower than his team mate. He said: “I might have improved by one place but in the penultimate slow corner, I attacked a bit too early, got oversteer and had to lift for a moment which cost me the place to Nico.”
  • Fernando Alonso remains undefeated by Felipe Massa in qualifying this year, but once again the gap was small.
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’36.975 -0.188 1’37.163 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’37.380 -0.265 1’37.645 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’37.454 -0.081 1’37.535 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’38.240 +0.009 1’38.231 Nico Rosberg Q3
Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’38.781 -0.287 1’39.068 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’39.489 -0.156 1’39.645 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’39.034 -0.388 1’39.422 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’39.525 -0.132 1’39.657 Sergio Perez Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’39.679 -0.553 1’40.232 Jaime Alguersuari Q1
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’41.664 -0.570 1’42.234 Jarno Trulli Q1
HRT Narain Karthikeyan 1’44.363 +0.779 1’43.584 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’42.553 -1.182 1’43.735 Jerome D’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • Fernando Alonso was second-fastest in the first two sectors but a slow third sector – two-tenths slower than his team mate – left him fourth on the grid
  • Rubens Barrichello locked his brakes in the last corner in his best lap in Q2 – without that he could have made it into the final ten.
  • Paul di Resta also rued an error in Q2: “On my final flying lap in Q2 I was on the edge and simply made a small mistake at turn 17 ?ǣ I missed a downshift and ran wide. That meant I lost the advantage I?d made at the start of the lap.”
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Sebastian Vettel 25.590 (1) 43.981 (1) 27.400 (2)
Mark Webber 25.716 (4) 44.127 (3) 27.320 (1)
Lewis Hamilton 25.776 (5) 44.170 (4) 27.428 (4)
Fernando Alonso 25.614 (2) 43.983 (2) 27.706 (6)
Felipe Massa 25.715 (3) 44.227 (5) 27.504 (5)
Jenson Button 25.806 (6) 44.351 (7) 27.405 (3)
Nico Rosberg 26.050 (8) 44.237 (6) 27.894 (7)
Michael Schumacher 25.839 (7) 44.367 (8) 27.922 (8)
Nick Heidfeld 26.141 (11) 44.605 (9) 28.035 (13)
Adrian Sutil 26.095 (9) 44.963 (13) 27.973 (10)
Vitaly Petrov 26.118 (10) 44.883 (11) 27.932 (9)
Paul di Resta 26.237 (13) 44.865 (10) 28.106 (15)
Rubens Barrichello 26.221 (12) 44.963 (13) 28.130 (16)
Kamui Kobayashi 26.384 (16) 44.946 (12) 28.138 (17)
Pastor Maldonado 26.344 (15) 45.181 (17) 28.072 (14)
Sergio Perez 26.398 (17) 45.021 (15) 27.992 (11)
Sebastien Buemi 26.311 (14) 45.099 (16) 28.026 (12)
Jaime Alguersuari 26.676 (18) 45.266 (18) 28.199 (18)
Heikki Kovalainen 26.940 (20) 45.874 (19) 28.789 (19)
Jarno Trulli 26.910 (19) 46.138 (20) 29.077 (21)
Timo Glock 27.325 (22) 46.324 (21) 28.904 (20)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 27.292 (21) 46.936 (22) 29.250 (23)
Jerome D’Ambrosio 27.539 (23) 46.957 (23) 29.198 (22)
Narain Karthikeyan 27.567 (24) 47.115 (24) 29.681 (24)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers? maximum speeds.

Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 317.5
2 Rubens Barrichello Williams 317.5 -0.0
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 316.6 -0.9
4 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 316.4 -1.1
5 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 316.3 -1.2
6 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 316.2 -1.3
7 Jenson Button McLaren 315.7 -1.8
8 Adrian Sutil Force India 315.6 -1.9
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 315.5 -2.0
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 315.5 -2.0
11 Paul di Resta Force India 315.4 -2.1
12 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 315.4 -2.1
13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 314.6 -2.9
14 Sergio Perez Sauber 314.4 -3.1
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 313.4 -4.1
16 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 313.4 -4.1
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 313.0 -4.5
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams 312.6 -4.9
19 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 312.3 -5.2
20 Mark Webber Red Bull 312.1 -5.4
21 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 310.7 -6.8
22 Timo Glock Virgin 309.1 -8.4
23 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 307.6 -9.9
24 Jarno Trulli Lotus 307.1 -10.4

2011 European Grand Prix

Browse all 2011 European Grand Prix articles

Image ?? Red Bull/Getty images