Williams: Alternative strategy doesn’t help Maldonado

2011 European GP team review

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Valencia, 2011

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Valencia, 2011

Williams brought a batch of upgrades to the European Grand Prix but removed some of them before the race.

Sam Michael said: “We carried out further aero tests on the exhaust and front wing during this morning?s practise session.

“After reviewing the data we decided to revert to the standard exhaust system for qualifying as we were getting inconsistent floor performance from the latest version.”

Both drivers finished out of the points.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 13 15
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’39.489 (-0.156) 1’39.645
Race position 12 18
Laps 56/57 56/57
Pit stops 3 3

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
Rubens Barrichello 119.008 108.482 108.065 107.707 107.032 107.547 107.438 107.26 107.32 107.665 122.554 111.734 106.255 106.547 106.433 106.539 106.911 106.366 106.06 105.739 105.752 105.867 106.18 106.187 106.16 106.041 106.507 121.135 111.667 105.371 104.778 104.814 104.801 104.82 104.983 105.046 105.013 105.081 105.44 120.616 111.313 104.967 105.104 105.3 105.555 104.573 107.677 104.807 104.831 104.395 104.43 104.783 104.227 104.225 104.131 104.907
Pastor Maldonado 125.206 111.066 109.977 109.646 109.512 109.293 108.994 108.988 108.951 123.987 112.13 107.404 106.786 107.727 106.66 107.418 106.551 106.307 106.323 106.452 106.496 106.607 106.167 106.714 107.91 108.005 107.858 124.856 117.082 105.215 105.409 105.768 106.474 105.209 106.087 104.925 104.743 104.568 105.095 106.878 105.981 105.639 105.68 120.939 110.016 103.592 103.134 104.22 103.994 103.422 104.231 104.613 103.98 104.246 104.574 105.603

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello felt he could have made it into Q3 but for a mistake on his best lap.

He got ahead of Paul di Resta via the pit stops but lost out to the one-stopping Sergio Perez.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado tried to start the race on medium tyres but found the strategy didn’t work for him as his tyre pressures were too low: “We had a slow start so I lost positions off the line.

“I then couldn?t make the [medium] tyre work for me in the first stint so I had to come in early to change them. The early stop forced us onto a three stop strategy.”

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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12 comments on Williams: Alternative strategy doesn’t help Maldonado

  1. Enigma (@enigma) said on 27th June 2011, 11:58

    I think they’ll gain a lot from Silverstone. They aren’t using anything from the grey area of the rules, no engine mapping, no off-throttle blowing. I believe they might be regularly in the points from Silverstone onwards.

    • the_narv (@the_narv) said on 27th June 2011, 14:07

      To quote Sam Michael in the post race press release:

      We have a lot of work to do between now and Silverstone to allow for the rule changes in respect to the exhaust.

      So it sounds as if they may be doing something that falls foul of the rules.

      Hope you’re right about them being regularly in the points though.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2011, 12:10

    <blockquote.Williams: Alternative strategy doesn’t help Maldonado
    Maldonado spinning out didn’t help Maldonado, either.

  3. Klaas said on 27th June 2011, 12:42

    I think Williams needs new drivers along with new management.

  4. RichyB said on 27th June 2011, 13:15

    It doesn’t help either that Maldanado pretty much comes out of every first lap, turn 1, dead last. I think every replay I’ve seen from a car n the midfield shows him all-but stall off the start

  5. Little Britain said on 27th June 2011, 15:23

    I think if lewis hamilton was driving the same car he would have been blaming the team a everybody else. Formula one is all about the car if you have a rubbish car chances are that you will not do much. Tobe quite honest this race was just another preditable one.

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 27th June 2011, 15:38

    Williams have said they will bring updates for a while – but they always seem problematic. And the performance doesn’t improve…

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th June 2011, 22:06

    Maldonado trying to do a Kobayashi on the tyres? Worth a go I guess…

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