Alonso gives a sign Ferrari can fight for victory

2011 German GP FP1 analysis

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2011

Fernando Alonso showed Ferrari’s improved pace at Silverstone was not a one-off caused by the temporary change in the diffuser rules.

Even with the cars back in their Valencia configuration, his practice pace suggests Ferrari can rival Red Bull this weekend.

This was only the second time this year Ferrari have been fastest in the first practice session – Red Bull have done so seven times.

Here’s all the data from the first practice session for the German Grand Prix.

Longest stint comparison

  • Alonso did the fastest time of the session at the end of a seven-lap run, indicating he has more time in hand
  • There was little in the way of long runs in first practice, aside from Pastor Maldonado, which partly explains his low place in the final times.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sebastian Vettel 98.348 98.077 98.268 98.224 97.797 97.652 98.622 101.772
Mark Webber 98.542 97.806 97.799 97.49 100.886 97.566 98.045
Lewis Hamilton 98.567 93.799 99.984 94.332
Jenson Button 97.609 95.174 105.69 95.238
Fernando Alonso 95.595 96.279 97.793 102.778 105.636 109.21 91.894
Felipe Massa 96.947 96.089 102.106 95.309 94.782 97.496 94.742
Michael Schumacher 96.914 96.501 96.428 99.462
Nico Rosberg 100.678 95.829 97.018 96.81 98.082
Nick Heidfeld 102.388 96.271 95.851 95.444
Vitaly Petrov 95.363 95.695 107.127 96.451 96.307
Rubens Barrichello 105.999 101.036 99.33 105.425
Pastor Maldonado 99.919 98.046 98.133 97.733 97.947 98.158 98.928 97.688 97.602 97.544 97.715 99.112
Adrian Sutil 94.096 93.832 102.221 94.579 94.591 95.133 97.879 95.486 94.907 96.389
Nico Hulkenberg 94.671 93.858 97.434 93.933 94.557 95.029 94.416 96.743 94.864 95.462
Kamui Kobayashi 101.074 100.502 98.266 97.737 103.967 97.262
Sergio Perez 97.311 96.842 100.785 101.377 96.371
Sebastien Buemi 99.558 98.513 97.259 97.627 102.894 96.922 96.931
Jaime Alguersuari 96.504 96.588 95.83 95.534 95.26 95.229
Heikki Kovalainen 99.146 98.79 98.145 106.313 98.17 99.642 102.59 98.548 109.37
Karun Chandhok 114.984 103.791 102.383 101.248 106.709 105.211
Daniel Ricciardo 101.86 100.79 100.316 100.299 108.259 100.595 101.984 100.575
Narain Karthikeyan 105.211 102.35 101.389 100.76 100.407 102.173 101.226 100.118
Timo Glock 101.512 101.944 100.316 100.109
Jerome d’Ambrosio 105.348 103.141 102.377 101.426 100.428

Ultimate lap times

An ultimate lap is a driver’s fastest three sector times combined.

  • On more than one occasion Alonso set an improved sector time before having to back off, and sure enough the ultimate lap time reflects he had at least another tenth of a second in hand.
  • Karun Chandhok was some way off his team mate’s pace. Lotus said he “had traffic on his out lap and didn’t get the tyre heat where he wanted”.
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.782 0.112
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.217 0.435 0.000
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.266 0.484 0.002
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.542 0.760 0.139
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.914 1.132 0.082
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.507 1.725 0.280
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.576 1.794 0.287
8 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.628 1.846 0.000
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.755 1.973 0.077
10 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’33.795 2.013 0.063
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.094 2.312 0.000
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.083 3.301 0.032
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.302 3.520 0.069
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’35.389 3.607 0.000
15 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’35.438 3.656 0.006
16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’36.337 4.555 0.055
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.371 4.589 0.000
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’36.684 4.902 0.158
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.882 5.100 0.000
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’38.182 6.400 0.322
21 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’38.533 6.751 0.232
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’38.831 7.049 0.448
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.085 8.303 0.024
24 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.395 8.613 0.033

Complete practice times

  • Although we don’t know what test programmes they were running, Narain Karthikeyan will surely take some pleasure from beating Daniel Ricciardo by over six-tenths of a second.
  • The Force Indias showed promising early pace, both drivers inside the top ten.
  • While most of the fastest drivers set times using the development soft tyre, not everyone did: Nick Heidfeld and both Virgin drivers were among those who only ran on the medium tyre, which seems to be around a second per lap slower.
  • Alonso’s best time gives a 107% time of 1’38.327, suggesting as many as five drivers may face problems in Q1.
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.894 7/7 91 30
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.217 0.323 4/5 64 24
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.268 0.374 6/6 66 27
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.681 0.787 4/5 65 23
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.996 1.102 4/4 33 18
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.628 1.734 1/1 47 22
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.787 1.893 4/4 74 33
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.832 1.938 2/10 80 27
9 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’33.858 1.964 2/10 79 26
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.863 1.969 2/4 69 31
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.094 2.200 5/5 43 22
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.115 3.221 3/3 91 23
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.371 3.477 5/5 72 19
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’35.389 3.495 2/2 74 24
15 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’35.444 3.550 4/4 91 22
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.371 4.477 5/5 69 22
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’36.392 4.498 6/6 44 29
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’36.842 4.948 5/6 33 29
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.882 4.988 4/4 72 27
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’38.504 6.610 5/7 88 22
21 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’38.765 6.871 4/4 78 19
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’39.279 7.385 2/2 92 24
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.109 8.215 4/4 92 23
24 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.428 8.534 5/5 66 22

Speed trap

  • The Mercedes continue to show excellent straight-line speed
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 308
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 306.1 1.9
3 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 304.8 3.2
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 302.4 5.6
5 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 302 6
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 301.9 6.1
7 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 301.2 6.8
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 301 7
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 300.4 7.6
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 300 8
11 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 299.8 8.2
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 297.4 10.6
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 296.8 11.2
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 296.3 11.7
15 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 296.1 11.9
16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 295.9 12.1
17 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 295.1 12.9
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 295 13
19 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 294.9 13.1
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 292.7 15.3
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT Cosworth 292.5 15.5
22 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 291.6 16.4
23 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 290.7 17.3
24 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus Renault 288.2 19.8

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39 comments on Alonso gives a sign Ferrari can fight for victory

  1. What is the point in putting Karthikeyan in? It wasn’t a performance test for him, he’s not driving until India. And surely Liuzzi needs track time, he didn;t drive there in 2009.

    • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 22nd July 2011, 12:16

      Yeah I didn’t get that. Is it just a one off? Or is he racing?

    • streetfightingman said on 22nd July 2011, 12:20

      What’s the point in anything HRT does?

      • L Watts said on 22nd July 2011, 12:31

        I understand your point but someone’s got to be last for sure. Take out the slowest and then what? Take out the next slowest? I think HRT just about make it on safety grounds so maybe they deserve a chance :-)

      • Todfod said on 22nd July 2011, 13:11

        What’s the point in anything HRT does?

        Completely agree. Logic is something HRT is clearly against

      • Paulipedia said on 22nd July 2011, 14:39

        You could have said that about Minardi but look where they are now, they have morphed into Torro Rosso.

        Everyone needs to start somewhere!

    • Girts said on 22nd July 2011, 12:35

      I guess Karthikeyan’s agreement with HRT probably guarantees him at least participation in FP1 in case somebody else gets the race driver’s seat. Or maybe Karthikeyan has run out of money and now can afford only FP1 :) Anyhow, I believe this has something to to with the sponsorhip.

  2. Alex Bkk said on 22nd July 2011, 11:46

    Best lap Ferrari 1’31.782

    Worst lap Virgin 1’40.428

    an 8.534 sec difference… Incredible!

  3. Fixy (@fixy) said on 22nd July 2011, 11:53

    Sauber are always low down in practice. Hopefully they can improve by Saturday.

    • Alex Bkk said on 22nd July 2011, 12:05

      Always my favourite midfield team. But its been their status for so many years. What they need is a big budget and someone like Newey. I’d love to see them do a Brawn Racing just once.

  4. Franton said on 22nd July 2011, 12:01

    It’s a bit early to read anything from P1 surely Keith? Weren’t they running Pirelli’s new experimental tyres which throws yet another variable in the mix? It’s usually P2 and P3 that shows true pace IMO.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd July 2011, 12:04

      Based on what we’ve seen so far I’m comfortable with what I’ve written.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd July 2011, 15:00

      Actually I think the fact they had an extra set of fast tyres helped as almost everyone went on to put them to good use.

      Normally FP1 has the odd car on softs but most on harder tyres for big part of the session, doing all sort of things. This time it was pretty much on pace all the way and offered a good look at where everyone is about.

  5. Cornflakes said on 22nd July 2011, 12:17

    Remember when Williams were good? :(

  6. Ritesh (@rits) said on 22nd July 2011, 12:18

    I agree, and really hope, that Ferrari can take a fight to Red Bull here. I’m no fan of Ferrari but I do like Alonso, but irrespective of any of that, I just want some challenging racing, the Red Bull domination was becoming too predictable and boring. I do not want to go back to the early 2000s!
    On another note, glad to see Karun back in the car, hope he does well for whatever that can achieve. Putting Karthikeyan in that car is just to please the sponsors and quite simply, the HRT driver shuffling circus is becoming annoying and pointless.
    Btw, does anyone else here think there’s still a chance for the driver’s title to go to someone other than “finger boy”?

    Also, Keith, do you know if Ferrari have brought in the new rear suspension this weekend?

    • Alex Bkk said on 22nd July 2011, 12:27

      Btw, does anyone else here think there’s still a chance for the driver’s title to go to someone other than “finger boy”?

      Nope.

    • Girts said on 22nd July 2011, 12:44

      According to the old points system, Vettel is now leading the championship by more than 30 points. I guess noone in F1 history has been able to recover such a deficit and become a champion. For sure, everything can happen but it seems very very unlikely.

  7. Tom11 (@tom11) said on 22nd July 2011, 12:20

    I 100% agree.

    I believe Ferrari is the fastest car right now actually. I don’t think its fastest by a huge RBR like margin, but a few tenths defiantly.

    Its a bit too soon to be getting excited after one Practice session, but the fastest car with the best driver is a good combination for Fernando.

  8. Alex Bkk said on 22nd July 2011, 12:33

    If the top 4 for Q3 were to stack up this way… would we say that that the Ferrari is faster than the RB, that Massa is underachieving, or that Alonso is getting more out of the Ferrari than the car has to give?

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 22nd July 2011, 12:58

      or that Alonso is getting more out of the Ferrari than the car has to give?

      That is impossible but I know what you mean. Put say Massa and Button in the Ferrari and we would be saying the car is 2nd or 3rd fastest.

  9. sato113 (@sato113) said on 22nd July 2011, 12:38

    there’s straight line speed, and then there’s DRS straight line speed.
    DRS- Mercedes we know is fastest.
    Non DRS- it is often cited that the Mclarens and Renaults are naturally fast in a straight line.

  10. BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd July 2011, 14:50

    Just so much interesting data.

  11. zimbo 1 said on 22nd July 2011, 14:56

    FIRE MARTIN WITMARSH!!!

    Can this happen already??? Now McLaren is third fastest if not fourth. This dip in performance is unacceptable to say the least.

    FIRE MARTIN WITMARSH!!!

  12. “Alonso did the fastest time of the session (at the) end of a seven-lap run…………..” You really need to start proof reading your typing if people are really going to take you seriously, Keith. Its just annoying to try and read. I know one ones perfect but… as a journalist you should at least try to be.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd July 2011, 15:41

      What a ridiculous over-reaction to a minor typo. I’m perfectly happy to correct errors when they’re pointed out but most people manage to draw attention to them without such a bad attitude.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 22nd July 2011, 16:25

      Absolutely one ones never perfect.

    • @Guerra
      “Its just annoying to try and read.” You might want to know that the correct spelling is “It’s just annoying” (and I’m not even a native speaker).
      Why don’t you proof read your own comments before making yourself a fool?

  13. Sorry theres no bad attitude in that all. I honestly see these little mistakes all the time and it really annoys me. I’m telling you how it is straight off the bat with no sugar baby. Don’t get all uppity n hippity at me. It’s not my site and i don’t know you from a bar of soap. You judge my attitude by type, you put your type out there and (you presume i judge) make minor typo mistakes and I honestly believe you should involve another person to do your proofing. I like this site, i want it to improve…. Its all good in my hood baby.

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