Front-runners close on race stint performance

2011 Hungarian GP FP2 analysis

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2011

All the data from the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Longest stint comparison

  • In the laps shown below below both McLarens, Red Bulls, Ferraris and Mercedes were using super-soft tyres
  • Both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s stints look strong and evenly matched, as both drivers improved their times throughout.
  • But Fernando Alonso’s times rose quite quickly and he switched the soft tyres while his rivals stayed on super-softs.
  • Though Hamilton managed 13 laps on the tyres – and might have gone further had the session not ended – three such stints in the race will only just get him past half-distance. But with the super-soft tyres looking around eight-tenths of a second quicker over a lap than softs, the drivers in Q3 surely won’t want to do without them
  • The Hungaroring typically sees high levels of track evolution due to the dusty surface, and both tyre performance and longevity should improve as the weekend progresses.
  • Felipe Massa said degradation was “significant” on both tyre compounds. “The first signs are that degradation is significant, both on the Prime and the Option, which will be a decisive factor when it comes to strategy.”

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Sebastian Vettel 87.755 88.016 87.302 87.433 87.399 87.771 87.378 87.405 87.556 87.067
Mark Webber 88.265 87.894 88.563 87.556 90.404 87.393 87.712 88.71 87.278 87.414 95.2 86.845 86.712 87.676 89.434
Lewis Hamilton 87.298 86.974 95.379 87.06 96.966 87.006 87.092 90.053 86.991 87.201 87.213 98.99 86.79
Jenson Button 88.303 87.666 88.284 88.627 87.564 87.532 87.425 95.857 87.314 93.883 87.477 89.421 88.325
Fernando Alonso 87.301 87.403 87.367 87.724 87.964 87.628 89.441 88.102 88.771 88.843
Felipe Massa 86.357 87.835 86.24 86.53 92.414 86.486
Michael Schumacher 88.828 89.192 89.854 89.682 89.369 89.906 89.638 90.184 90.219 90.355 90.955 91.439
Nico Rosberg 89.613 89.294 89.27 99.886 89.081 88.614 91.774 88.923 89.778 89.655 89.941 89.702 92.687 89.863
Nick Heidfeld 86.566 89.613 85.585 85.755
Vitaly Petrov 84.546 96.581 85.156 89.578 86.634
Rubens Barrichello 89.946 89.558 88.953 92.964 89.427 89.978 89.956 92.08 90.794 92.19 90.024
Pastor Maldonado 90.001 89.879 90.344 90.075 89.921 90.126 90.385 90.631 90.089 90.318 93.264 90.803 98.631 93.889
Adrian Sutil 89.569 89.754 89.819 89.101 88.994 88.807 88.904 88.762 89.941 89.269 88.961
Paul di Resta 88.457 88.648 88.636 88.852 88.637 88.879 89.1 88.771 88.485 88.847 89.013 89.476 89.863 90.459
Kamui Kobayashi 88.962 90.524 88.537 88.68 88.944 89.7 89.328 91.167 91.085 89.466 95.126 89.085
Sergio Perez 88.12 88.507 88.649 88.692 89.064 89.234 93.226 89.777 90.602 90.489
Sebastien Buemi 90.285 92.832 90.173 90.032 95.915 89.912 90.288 93.276 90.663 90.531 94.379 91.351
Jaime Alguersuari 89.23 89.246 89.159 89.289 89.588 89.375 89.39 89.708 90.05 90.066 90.043 91.064 90.72 91.503
Heikki Kovalainen 89.718 90.295 91.435 90.637 90.718 91.224 90.963 90.418 90.911 91.162 94.868 91.701 93.166 93.082 92.59
Jarno Trulli 89.891 89.989 90.128 90.378 90.348 90.362 90.606 94.15 90.701 95.761 91.342 91.282 95.076 92.493 91.642
Daniel Ricciardo 93.417 94.177 94.424 92.845 97.985 93.111 95.376 99.319
Vitantonio Liuzzi 90.196 90.128 98.421 95.821 90.02
Timo Glock 101.809 89.324 98.36 91.631 89.036 95.561
Jerome d’Ambrosio 88.637 88.114 91.881 88.526

Ultimate lap times

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

  • Jenson Button is positive about McLaren’s pace: “We?re strong in the first and last sectors. I?m quickest in the first sector and Lewis is fastest in the last. If we can put it all together, we?ll be looking pretty good.”
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi’s best effort was 1.5 seconds slower than 107% of Hamilton’s best time. Even assuming Hamilton does his Q1 time on softs while Liuzzi uses super-softs, he could be at risk from the 107% rule.
  • Liuzzi said the team made some changes to the car and went back on them but: “the car wasn?t reacting like in the morning. We had some problems with the rear end which caused over steering.”
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.018 0.000
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.259 0.241 0.000
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.322 0.304 0.000
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.508 0.490 0.000
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’21.549 0.531 0.000
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’21.889 0.871 0.210
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.121 1.103 0.000
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’22.440 1.422 0.000
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’22.762 1.744 0.073
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’22.981 1.963 0.000
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.030 2.012 0.000
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.186 2.168 0.213
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’23.645 2.627 0.034
14 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’23.772 2.754 0.089
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’24.181 3.163 0.000
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.182 3.164 0.000
17 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’24.516 3.498 0.030
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.734 3.716 0.144
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’24.944 3.926 0.050
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’25.447 4.429 0.000
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.823 5.805 0.000
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’27.216 6.198 0.045
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’27.617 6.599 0.113
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’28.255 7.237 0.000

Complete practice times

  • Kamui Kobayashi has his eye on the Force Indias: “Although we look better than we did at the Nurburgring, I have the feeling it will be tough to catch the Force India cars, but we want to get in front of them in tomorrow?s qualifying.”
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.018 1/2 52 29
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.259 0.241 1/3 42 40
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.322 0.304 1/1 52 34
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.508 0.490 1/2 53 35
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’21.549 0.531 1/2 62 31
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.099 1.081 2/3 41 40
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.121 1.103 1/1 60 36
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’22.440 1.422 1/1 63 36
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’22.835 1.817 1/2 60 39
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’22.981 1.963 1/3 63 37
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.030 2.012 1/2 58 34
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.399 2.381 1/4 48 37
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’23.679 2.661 1/3 57 34
14 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’23.861 2.843 1/3 60 28
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’24.181 3.163 1/3 56 39
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.182 3.164 1/2 19 26
17 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’24.546 3.528 1/5 86 21
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.878 3.860 5/5 30 35
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’24.994 3.976 3/3 60 38
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’25.447 4.429 2/2 54 39
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.823 5.805 1/3 72 33
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’27.261 6.243 1/3 62 28
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’27.730 6.712 2/4 52 31
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’28.255 7.237 1/3 64 25

Speed trap

  • Mercedes resumed their place at the top of the speed trap chart.
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 299.2
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 296.1 3.1
3 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 295.5 3.7
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 294.5 4.7
5 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 294.1 5.1
6 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 293.9 5.3
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 293.8 5.4
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 293.2 6
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 292.9 6.3
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 291.1 8.1
11 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 291 8.2
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 289.3 9.9
13 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 289.1 10.1
14 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 289 10.2
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 288.6 10.6
16 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 288.3 10.9
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 285.4 13.8
18 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 284.8 14.4
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 284 15.2
20 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT Cosworth 283.6 15.6
21 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 283.1 16.1
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 282.2 17
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 281.7 17.5
24 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 281.3 17.9

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21 comments on Front-runners close on race stint performance

  1. F1 98 said on 29th July 2011, 19:21

    I predict alonso wins

  2. John H (@john-h) said on 29th July 2011, 19:23

    Surely Mercedes need to add some more angle on that rear wing? Watching them in practice they were terrible in the twisty bits (most of the track basically) and seeing their high straight line speed too… what are they playing at?

    Well done Ricciardo today by the way. Will be interesting to see if he out qualifies Liuzzi this race.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th July 2011, 20:04

      Great. After just two races Liuzzi is beaten by a rookie. I hope his problems will be solved in time for qualifying and that he will fight evenly with Ricciardo (and beat him).

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 30th July 2011, 8:39

      I was thinking the same thing in Germany, throughout the race Schumi had the highest topspeed (don’t know if he had it all times, but the dutch commenter mentioned it a few times).

      Know, I think Mercedes is said to have the most aggressive DRS, so maybe it’s an artificial way to make sure Schumu’s car has a oversteery feel. (reduce downforce at the back). And possibly Rosberg knows better how to drive with a little understeer, so he can add that extra clicks in downforce, making the car understeer more, but faster for Rosberg.
      ?

      • bosyber said on 30th July 2011, 9:22

        Well, I for one hope for them that they were running maxed out with fuel, their pace was consistently 2s or more off that of the front runners, and about only occasionally competitive with FI, but mostly a second away from the FI, and Sauber is about the same speed as them.

        Looks good between HAM, Webber and Vettel, hope Alonso gets some higher temperature to make his car work just as well.

  3. david said on 29th July 2011, 19:24

    great analysis keith! looking good for a mclaren win,i hope we can see a great race with 3 teams fighting for pole and the race

    • zecks said on 30th July 2011, 1:19

      Although it pains me to say this, but i don’t care if ferrari or mclaren win the race. As long at vettel is pushed back to 5th, i am a happy man

  4. timi said on 29th July 2011, 19:35

    i wish there were sector times. those are my favourite stats :(

  5. DaveW said on 29th July 2011, 20:07

    It’s actually hard to read into the McLaren times. Looks like they were doing a lot of alternating slow/fast to learn how to warm the tires for qualifying, and their ultimate recovery ability. Only 8 of Hamilton’s 13 laps were really at speed. Nonetheless Hamilton dropping that time on 13th lap in the stint is impressive. RBR look very solid as usual.

  6. malibu_GP said on 29th July 2011, 20:26

    I think it is telling that the McLarens are down on the low end of the speedtrap numbers. Perhaps they are finding the necessary downforce to truly challenge the RB chassis. We know the power of the Merc engines. I will very surprised if at least one mp4-26 isn’t on the front row in the morning.

    • Franz said on 29th July 2011, 20:34

      I was just thinking that. The McLarens are usually way ahead of RBR through the traps, but now the Red Bulls are actually faster. Increased drag from more downforce? Could be… the car is definitely looking more buttoned down through the turns. The Ferrari isn’t looking too shabby either. That would be so fantastic for the championship, If Lewis & Fernando could go blow for blow with Vettel on relatively even footing from here on out. A certain somebody might get taken to school……

  7. wigster (@wigster) said on 29th July 2011, 21:33

    The lotus cars appear quite close to Buemi and possibly Maldanado on their stint times, so now Trulli has got his steering the way he wants it, he and Kovalainen it may be quite close in qualy and the race between them and the back end of the midfield.

  8. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 29th July 2011, 21:54

    Oh dear, this doesn’t look good.

    Lewis has first blood in terms of one-lap and stint performance as well.

    McLaren seems to be generally quicker or – if the Red Bulls haven’t gone full out – at least on par with RBR on one-lap pace. Fernando is in the mix too, so it’s more unpredictable, than ever. It’s going to be a close call come Saturday.

    What’s more disasterous – from the point of view of a Prancing Horse fan – is race pace, unusually. Lewis has the edge here as well, beating Seb and lasting longer at the same time. Seb, Mark and Jenson are almost inseparable behind. In raw pace Felipe owns even Lewis, but that stint is quite short. Probably it wasn’t even a proper race stint simulation.

    And then there’s Fernando. He doesn’t seem to be hooked up as of yet. Slower than the other five and his times dropped off more quickly. Perhaps he used used super-softs, I don’t know.

    Waiting for FP3 to get a clearer picture.

    • UKfanatic (@) said on 30th July 2011, 1:10

      you can wish anything that doenst mean it will became truth, RBR are on top, as usually they are being overcautious.

  9. UKfanatic (@) said on 30th July 2011, 1:07

    What I saw from this 2 FP is that RBR is running heavy, anyway Mark looks better cause in comparison Vettels times were produced with an younger option, Ferrari is medium on fuel and Mclaren in particular Button, light on fuel, Hamilton seem to be able to run longer than But, ham did 13 laps, Button had to pit for fuel. Despite what BBC’s pundit said I believe that tyre degradation is quite high and may get higher as the temperatures rise through the weekend, so Prime is the tyre to be.

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th July 2011, 2:15

    But Fernando Alonso’s times rose quite quickly and he switched the soft tyres while his rivals stayed on super-softs.

    Wow. Ferrari just can’t catch a break, can they? At the start of the year, they had a car that didn’t use hard rubber very well. Now they have a car that doesn’t use soft rubber very well. It’s like they’re just swinging back and forth.

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 30th July 2011, 10:23

    If only Mercedes were that consistent in qualifying and during the race.

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