Webber quickest in middle sector at Nurburgring

2011 German GP qualifying analysis

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Front row starters Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton were separated by less than a tenth of a second at the Nurburgring.

But their cars are strong in different parts of the lap: Hamilton was quickest in the first and last sectors, but only fourth-fastest in the middle.

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

Qualifying times in full

  • Webber said he’d not had a clean lap in Q2 which partly explains why he found more time than the other drivers in Q3.
  • Unusually, three drivers weren’t able to improve on their best times in Q3.
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’33.096 1’31.311 (-1.785) 1’30.079 (-1.232)
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’32.934 1’30.998 (-1.936) 1’30.134 (-0.864)
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’32.973 1’31.017 (-1.956) 1’30.216 (-0.801)
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’32.916 1’31.150 (-1.766) 1’30.442 (-0.708)
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’31.826 1’31.582 (-0.244) 1’30.910 (-0.672)
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.785 1’31.343 (-1.442) 1’31.263 (-0.080)
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1’33.224 1’31.532 (-1.692) 1’31.288 (-0.244)
8 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’32.286 1’31.809 (-0.477) 1’32.010 (+0.201)
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’33.187 1’31.985 (-1.202) 1’32.187 (+0.202)
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.603 1’32.180 (-0.423) 1’32.482 (+0.302)
11 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’32.505 1’32.215 (-0.290)
12 Paul di Resta Force India 1’32.651 1’32.560 (-0.091)
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’33.003 1’32.635 (-0.368)
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’33.664 1’33.043 (-0.621)
15 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’33.295 1’33.176 (-0.119)
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’33.635 1’33.546 (-0.089)
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’33.658 1’33.698 (+0.040)
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’33.786
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’35.599
20 Timo Glock Virgin 1’36.400
21 Karun Chandhok Lotus 1’36.422
22 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 1’36.641
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’37.011
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1’37.036

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.

  • Hamilton was much quicker than Jenson Button – he had over a second in hand over his team mate.
  • Michael Schumacher was even further behind Nico Rosberg. He said: “In qualifying I was still nearly a second away and couldn’t have matched his time, so we have to analyse deeply what could be the reason for it. Obviously then, I tried to push even harder to compensate which lead to a mistake in the last chicane on my last lap, probably costing me P8.”
  • Adrian Sutil out-qualified Paul di Resta for the third time in ten attempts, with a comfortable margin of three-quarters of a second. Interestingly, di Resta described his set-up as “race-orientated”.
  • In his second race, Daniel Ricciardo all-but matched team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi’s qualifying time.
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’30.216 +0.137 1’30.079 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’30.134 -1.154 1’31.288 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’30.442 -0.468 1’30.910 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’32.482 +1.219 1’31.263 Nico Rosberg Q3
Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’32.215 +0.230 1’31.985 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’33.043 +0.408 1’32.635 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’31.809 -0.751 1’32.560 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’33.786 +0.491 1’33.295 Sergio Perez Q1
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’33.546 -0.152 1’33.698 Jaime Alguersuari Q2
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’35.599 -0.823 1’36.422 Karun Chandhok Q1
HRT Daniel Ricciardo 1’37.036 +0.025 1’37.011 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’36.400 -0.241 1’36.641 Jerome D’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • Hamilton was fastest in two out of three sectors but admitted afterwards he was surprised by his performance: “I don?t really know where I found the time, and to be honest I?m going to get a recording of the onboard footage and watch it back because I?d love to see it.”
  • However he gave a clue to what’s behind McLaren’s improved pace, referring to changes made to the cars “engine modes”.
  • Red Bull’s performance advantage in sector two – predominantly mid-to-high speed corners – is exactly what we’ve come to expect of the RB7 and, indeed, its recent predecessors.
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Mark Webber 29.831 (2) 36.883 (1) 23.282 (3)
Lewis Hamilton 29.713 (1) 37.257 (4) 23.164 (1)
Sebastian Vettel 29.921 (3) 37.073 (2) 23.222 (2)
Fernando Alonso 29.934 (4) 37.167 (3) 23.341 (5)
Felipe Massa 30.136 (6) 37.372 (5) 23.343 (6)
Nico Rosberg 30.246 (7) 37.628 (6) 23.307 (4)
Jenson Button 30.100 (5) 37.767 (7) 23.401 (7)
Adrian Sutil 30.496 (10) 37.809 (9) 23.481 (8)
Vitaly Petrov 30.506 (11) 37.768 (8) 23.711 (10)
Michael Schumacher 30.471 (9) 37.830 (11) 23.541 (9)
Nick Heidfeld 30.441 (8) 37.815 (10) 23.712 (11)
Paul di Resta 30.525 (12) 38.216 (15) 23.737 (12)
Pastor Maldonado 30.736 (13) 38.002 (12) 23.897 (13)
Rubens Barrichello 30.801 (15) 38.144 (13) 23.994 (16)
Sergio Perez 30.797 (14) 38.150 (14) 23.908 (14)
Sebastien Buemi 30.965 (17) 38.566 (18) 23.968 (15)
Jaime Alguersuari 30.964 (16) 38.385 (16) 24.077 (17)
Kamui Kobayashi 31.074 (18) 38.402 (17) 24.125 (18)
Heikki Kovalainen 31.515 (19) 39.565 (19) 24.427 (19)
Timo Glock 31.726 (20) 40.081 (23) 24.593 (21)
Karun Chandhok 31.784 (21) 39.822 (20) 24.539 (20)
Jerome D’Ambrosio 31.934 (22) 39.978 (21) 24.729 (24)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 32.087 (23) 40.027 (22) 24.663 (23)
Daniel Ricciardo 32.188 (24) 40.175 (24) 24.647 (22)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers? maximum speeds.

  • No surprises here – Schumacher’s Mercedes is the fastest car in a straight line again.
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph) Gap
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 310.4
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 310.3 -0.1
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 309.8 -0.6
4 Paul di Resta Force India 306.9 -3.5
5 Adrian Sutil Force India 306.9 -3.5
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 306.2 -4.2
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 305.8 -4.6
8 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 305.7 -4.7
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 305.5 -4.9
10 Nick Heidfeld Renault 305.3 -5.1
11 Jenson Button McLaren 304.6 -5.8
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 304.4 -6.0
13 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 304.2 -6.2
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams 303.8 -6.6
15 Sergio Perez Sauber 303.4 -7.0
16 Timo Glock Virgin 302.1 -8.3
17 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 301.8 -8.6
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 301.8 -8.6
19 Mark Webber Red Bull 299.1 -11.3
20 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 298.9 -11.5
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 298.2 -12.2
22 Karun Chandhok Lotus 298.0 -12.4
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 294.3 -16.1
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 294.1 -16.3

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36 comments on Webber quickest in middle sector at Nurburgring

  1. JustinF1 (@justinf1) said on 24th July 2011, 2:38

    Way to gO WEBBER !!

  2. Lord Ha Ha said on 24th July 2011, 4:37

    Massa says he has the maximum downforce possible onboard. maybe they mixed up buemi’s fuel sample with his…

  3. Eggry (@eggry) said on 24th July 2011, 4:48

    Vettel was clearly slower in mid sector. I wish this continues :D

  4. Lord Ha Ha said on 24th July 2011, 4:56

    Schumi was sliding around, Massa was sliding around, Button was sliding around, Di Resta was sliding around …. driver or engine driveability? Take it down Charlie Whiting, throw it out of the sport. 1 brand of car, 1 engine software map, 1 engine mode, no exceptions.

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