Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2011

Red Bull’s advantage cut in Silverstone qualifying

2011 British GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2011

Red Bull were half a second faster than their rivals on average in qualifying before the weekend.

But following the changes to the diffuser rules in Silverstone they found their margin cut to a tenth of a second over Ferrari.

Here’s all the data from qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Qualifying times in full

  • Red Bull’s margin over their rivals in qualifying was 0.117 seconds. It’s only been lower than that once this year, in Malaysia (0.104s). Until this weekend they had enjoyed an average superiority of 0.517s.
  • Lewis Hamilton slumped to tenth on the grid. He started Q3 using a set of soft tyres he’d run briefly in Q1. But that will probably not even account for half of his yawning two second deficit to Mark Webber.
  • Sixth on the grid is Paul di Resta’s best result to date.
  • Adrian Sutil missed out on a place in the final ten by just three hundredths of a second.
  • Renault had their worst qualifying performance of the year with 14th and 16th on the grid. James Allison said the changes to the diffuser rules only partly explained the change: “The alterations to the engine rules have clearly upset the order somewhat, but that?s not where all our focus lies. The fact is that for the past three or four races we have been on a trend that is far from impressive and, at this event, we have been showing far less performance than we should be.”
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’32.670 1’31.673 (-0.997) 1’30.399 (-1.274)
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’32.977 1’32.379 (-0.598) 1’30.431 (-1.948)
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’32.986 1’31.727 (-1.259) 1’30.516 (-1.211)
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.760 1’31.640 (-1.120) 1’31.124 (-0.516)
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’34.230 1’32.273 (-1.957) 1’31.898 (-0.375)
6 Paul di Resta Force India 1’34.472 1’32.569 (-1.903) 1’31.929 (-0.640)
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’32.702 1’32.588 (-0.114) 1’31.933 (-0.655)
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’34.324 1’32.399 (-1.925) 1’32.128 (-0.271)
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.186 1’32.295 (-1.891) 1’32.209 (-0.086)
10 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’33.581 1’32.505 (-1.076) 1’32.376 (-0.129)
11 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’34.454 1’32.617 (-1.837)
12 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’34.145 1’32.624 (-1.521)
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’34.160 1’32.656 (-1.504)
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.428 1’32.734 (-1.694)
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’33.532 1’33.119 (-0.413)
16 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’35.132 1’33.805 (-1.327)
17 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’34.923 1’34.821 (-0.102)
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’35.245
19 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’35.698
20 Timo Glock Virgin 1’36.203
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’36.456
22 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 1’37.154
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’37.484
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1’38.059

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.

  • Mark Webber out-qualified Sebastian Vettel for the second time this year. One the previous occasion Vettel did not have KERS working.
  • Have the new restrictions on exhaust-blown diffusers played into Webber’s hands? Possibly – but this may be the only chance he gets to exploit it. The FIA has offered to reinstate the previous rules.
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’30.431 +0.032 1’30.399 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’32.376 +0.478 1’31.898 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’30.516 -0.608 1’31.124 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’32.656 +0.361 1’32.295 Nico Rosberg Q2
Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’33.805 +1.071 1’32.734 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’33.119 +0.531 1’32.588 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’32.617 +0.048 1’32.569 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’32.399 -0.225 1’32.624 Sergio Perez Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’35.698 +0.453 1’35.245 Jaime Alguersuari Q1
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’34.923 -1.533 1’36.456 Jarno Trulli Q1
HRT Daniel Ricciardo 1’38.059 +0.575 1’37.484 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’36.203 -0.951 1’37.154 Jerome D’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • A slow first sector most likely kept Sergio Perez from reaching Q3.
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Mark Webber 28.525 (1) 37.050 (3) 24.824 (1)
Sebastian Vettel 28.615 (3) 36.879 (1) 24.937 (2)
Fernando Alonso 28.614 (2) 36.897 (2) 25.005 (3)
Felipe Massa 28.805 (4) 37.081 (4) 25.238 (7)
Jenson Button 29.008 (6) 37.695 (8) 25.179 (5)
Paul di Resta 29.178 (10) 37.588 (5) 25.163 (4)
Pastor Maldonado 29.144 (9) 37.600 (6) 25.189 (6)
Kamui Kobayashi 29.011 (7) 37.748 (9) 25.369 (13)
Nico Rosberg 28.912 (5) 37.604 (7) 25.238 (7)
Lewis Hamilton 29.013 (8) 37.919 (11) 25.326 (11)
Adrian Sutil 29.290 (12) 38.065 (13) 25.262 (9)
Sergio Perez 29.443 (16) 37.833 (10) 25.312 (10)
Michael Schumacher 29.196 (11) 38.118 (14) 25.342 (12)
Vitaly Petrov 29.296 (13) 38.005 (12) 25.433 (14)
Rubens Barrichello 29.415 (15) 38.216 (15) 25.488 (15)
Nick Heidfeld 29.392 (14) 38.567 (16) 25.743 (16)
Heikki Kovalainen 29.825 (17) 38.901 (17) 25.994 (17)
Jaime Alguersuari 29.924 (18) 39.184 (18) 26.076 (18)
Sebastien Buemi 29.964 (19) 39.467 (20) 26.230 (19)
Timo Glock 30.242 (20) 39.515 (21) 26.385 (20)
Jarno Trulli 30.412 (21) 39.209 (19) 26.757 (21)
Jerome D’Ambrosio 30.525 (22) 39.659 (22) 26.819 (23)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 30.553 (23) 40.164 (23) 26.767 (22)
Daniel Ricciardo 30.621 (24) 40.331 (24) 26.984 (24)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers? maximum speeds.

  • As has often been the case this year, the Mercedes and Renaults are near the top of the speed traps.
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 314.3
2 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 314.0 -0.3
3 Rubens Barrichello Williams 313.8 -0.5
4 Vitaly Petrov Renault 310.9 -3.4
5 Nick Heidfeld Renault 310.7 -3.6
6 Sergio Perez Sauber 309.6 -4.7
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams 309.4 -4.9
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 308.3 -6.0
9 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 308.3 -6.0
10 Mark Webber Red Bull 308.1 -6.2
11 Jenson Button McLaren 307.5 -6.8
12 Adrian Sutil Force India 307.4 -6.9
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 307.4 -6.9
14 Paul di Resta Force India 306.9 -7.4
15 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 306.9 -7.4
16 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 306.6 -7.7
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 303.2 -11.1
18 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 302.6 -11.7
19 Timo Glock Virgin 302.6 -11.7
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 302.3 -12.0
21 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 301.5 -12.8
22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 300.5 -13.8
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 299.2 -15.1
24 Jarno Trulli Lotus 298.8 -15.5

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