Alguersuari delay cost Hamilton fastest time

2011 Italian GP FP2 analysis

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monza, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monza, 2011

Lewis Hamilton had the fastest combined sector times in the second practice session.

He was on course to improve his time on soft tyres when he caught traffic.

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time but his poor straight line speed may require Red Bull to make a set-up change.

Longest stint comparison

  • The tyres appear to be holding up well over a stint for most teams.
  • There isn’t much to choose between McLaren and Red Bull on stint performance. Although Jenson Button lapped slower than Sebastian Vettel, this is most likely down to fuel load. The drop-off in tyre performance through the stint is more significant, and the two were closely matched in this respect.
  • Button said: “There?s a fresh surface on quite a lot of the circuit, so there?s quite a bit of sliding about, which is tough on the tyres, particularly over a long run.”
  • Vettel is wary of McLaren’s potential. He said: “It?s a track that traditionally doesn?t suit us, but we were happy with the car today. McLaren look very quick in particular and the ones to beat this weekend, but it?s very difficult to judge on a Friday as so many factors are involved.”
  • The picture at Ferrari is less clear: Fernando Alonso ran a shorter stint but his times looked good. Felipe Massa stayed out for more laps than Button and Vettel, but his times dropped off more quickly.

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sebastian Vettel 89.095 88.05 88.216 88.765 87.947 87.675 87.573 87.992 88.064
Mark Webber 89.703 88.94 88.397 88.197 88.226 88.043 88.088 90.052 88.93
Lewis Hamilton 90.388 91.229 89.21 89.261
Jenson Button 91.026 89.919 89.374 89.406 89.354 88.989 89.433 89.142 89.006
Fernando Alonso 89.946 87.588 90.418 86.575 103.719 86.088
Felipe Massa 89.618 89.331 89.195 89.112 89.997 89.046 89.36 89.529 89.853 89.67 89.821
Michael Schumacher 90.239 90.258 89.219 89.796 90.003 89.624 89.797 89.922 89.927 89.797 89.409 93.149 89.323 89.734
Nico Rosberg 89.986 89.66 89.926 89.622 93.895 89.833 89.541 89.257 89.335 94.21 89.519
Bruno Senna 92.256 91.75 90.91 90.925 90.907 90.821 90.822 91.639 90.859
Vitaly Petrov 89.944 89.86 89.227 89.411 89.341 89.387 89.24 89.413 89.259 89.621 89.835 90.805 89.897
Rubens Barrichello 92.096 91.506 91.352 91.124 90.514 95.32 90.855 90.386 92.736 93.062 90.833 91.801
Pastor Maldonado 92.93 91.932 91.11 91.31 90.494 91.072 91.353 90.955 92.172 90.984 91.205 91.283 92.748 93.802
Adrian Sutil 89.004 89.053 88.721 89.919 89.812 89.775 90.479 89.84 89.813 89.83 91.227 89.937
Paul di Resta 90.853 90.185 90.067 90.004 89.916 90.031 89.59 90.024 89.86 89.675 89.896 90.107 90.024 89.978
Kamui Kobayashi 90.849 90.21 90.364 90.685 91.888 90.218 93.298
Sergio Perez 89.508 89.376 89.216 89.65 90.212 89.375 89.239 93.84 89.14 90.505 89.564
Sebastien Buemi 92.493 88.347 93.039
Jaime Alguersuari 90.942 90.783 90.37 90.355 90.589 90.462 90.467 90.716 90.789 90.895
Heikki Kovalainen 97.221 92.317 91.236 91.699 91.238 91.259 90.997 91.35 90.791
Jarno Trulli 92.067 94.131 92.459 92.583 92.912 92.205 92.62
Daniel Ricciardo 89.841 89.968 91.017
Vitantonio Liuzzi 93.093 91.795 92.166 93.249 92.273 92.779 92.264 92.247 92.721 92.706 93.813
Timo Glock 94.05 88.804 92.675 91.245 89.208
Jerome d’Ambrosio 92.685 91.86 96.147 93.758 91.869 97.042 91.735 91.306

Ultimate lap times

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

  • Hamilton was poised to improve his best time when he caught Jaime Alguersuari. Based on his sector time he was on course to improve his time.
  • Hamilton was fastest in the middle sector, almost four tenths of a second quicker than anyone else.
  • “We spent today working on wing set-ups,” said Hamilton, “it looked like some teams may have been running lower downforce than us ?ǣ but once we used DRS we were looking pretty good. It?s interesting to see the different downforce levels ?ǣ some teams are faster along the straights ?ǣ but we?re faster through the middle sector. It?s always a compromise, but our long-run pace doesn?t look at all bad.”
  • Vettel was only eighth-fastest in the first sector, where the top three were Michael Schumacher, Hamilton and Bruno Senna.
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.563 0.483
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.979 0.416 0.031
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.280 0.717 0.188
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.318 0.755 0.048
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.328 0.765 0.105
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.347 0.784 0.000
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.508 0.945 0.000
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.824 1.261 0.273
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.182 1.619 0.000
10 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’25.264 1.701 0.061
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’25.440 1.877 0.010
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.496 1.933 0.000
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.683 2.120 0.000
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.746 2.183 0.012
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.202 2.639 0.000
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’26.307 2.744 0.046
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.972 4.409 0.375
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’28.296 4.733 0.263
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’28.520 4.957 0.085
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.727 5.164 0.077
21 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.061 5.498 0.123
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’29.122 5.559 0.040
23 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.376 5.813 0.246
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’29.551 5.988 0.290

Complete practice times

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monza, 2011

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monza, 2011

  • Mercedes, who have been quick in a straight line this year, look capable of challenging Ferrari in qualifying.
  • Nico Rosberg did not do a low-fuel run in second practice after being delayed by a KERS problem.
  • The track seemed to offer less grip in the warmer conditions of second practice and Vettel’s best time on softs was slower than Hamilton’s on mediums in first practice.
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.010 4/6 66 37
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.046 0.036 1/2 62 21
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.347 0.337 3/3 51 39
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.366 0.356 2/4 57 33
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.433 0.423 4/5 70 31
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.468 0.458 5/5 67 32
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.508 0.498 3/3 65 30
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.097 1.087 5/5 50 39
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.182 1.172 4/4 70 36
10 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’25.325 1.315 4/4 51 38
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’25.450 1.440 1/3 52 31
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.496 1.486 4/4 65 39
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.683 1.673 3/3 56 37
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.758 1.748 3/3 47 29
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.202 2.192 3/3 59 36
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’26.353 2.343 3/3 58 40
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.347 4.337 2/3 7 4
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’28.559 4.549 4/4 71 32
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’28.605 4.595 5/5 64 32
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.804 4.794 2/5 87 25
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’29.162 5.152 3/5 57 34
22 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.184 5.174 2/4 89 29
23 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.622 5.612 1/4 70 34
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’29.841 5.831 1/3 89 7

Speed trap

  • Vettel’s difficulties in the high-speed first sector are down to his poor straight-line speed – as in the first session he was almost 20kph slower than the fastest. Red Bull may have to reduce his wing angles to find more straight-line speed and avoid being vulnerable in the race, which will cost him elsewhere in the lap.
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 347
2 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 344.2 2.8
3 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 342.9 4.1
4 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 342.5 4.5
5 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 341.7 5.3
6 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 341.2 5.8
7 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 340.1 6.9
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 339.7 7.3
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 338.9 8.1
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 338.8 8.2
11 9 Bruno Senna Renault Renault 338.6 8.4
12 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 338.5 8.5
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 337.1 9.9
14 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 336.7 10.3
15 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 336.5 10.5
16 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 336.4 10.6
17 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT Cosworth 335.8 11.2
18 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 335.6 11.4
19 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 334.5 12.5
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 332 15
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 329.8 17.2
22 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 329.5 17.5
23 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 329 18
24 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 327.9 19.1

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41 comments on Alguersuari delay cost Hamilton fastest time

  1. Looks like its going to be Mclaren’s race.

  2. Cacarella said on 9th September 2011, 17:44

    who would have thought that out of the top ten speed trap times there would only be two Mercedes powered cars in 9th and 10th places.
    … and that they’d be the Force Indias!!

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 9th September 2011, 17:50

      And a Renault at the top! Looks like the heavy hitters have been analysing Red Bull strategy and moving in that direction.

    • It’s not really surprising at all that they’re Force Indias, they’ve usually been near the top in top speed for several years now.

    • who would have thought that out of the top ten speed trap times there would only be two Mercedes powered cars in 9th and 10th places.
      … and that they’d be the Force Indias!!
      Me, they’ve always have low drag, its little down force that hurts them, almost totally expected, although I would of expected Mclaren to be higher but third behind Merc because of their superior DRS

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th September 2011, 20:02

      It does make sense, these are all cars that will not be able to get to the front with a better sector 2, so they go for high top speed on the straights instead.

      I must say though, that I am curious how much further down Red Bull will be able to go with their wings before there is nowhere to go on them anymore. Today they already had the rear as flat as teams like FI and Mercedes.

  3. HoHum (@hohum) said on 9th September 2011, 17:46

    Keith, as I mentioned in p2 summary comments, Kobayashis front right tyre looked destroyed in the quick glimpse I saw of his car pulled of the track near session-end. Do we know if tyre failure was the cause of his retirement and if so why?

  4. I feel Massa has another chance to beat Alonso this weekend, but with the Mercedes so close it could all be useless.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th September 2011, 18:07

      Even if Massa outqualify Alonso once again, Mercedes could ruin it as usual. Massa needs more race pace and aggressive move to hunt Mercedes…that how I feel through the season. When holding behind Mercedes, Alonso have dealt with them much better while Massa has been caught behind very long.

      • bosyber said on 10th September 2011, 9:16

        Well said, by now I almost expect Alonso to be focusing on race pace and not even worry about Massa qualifying ahead of him; Massa really needs to find a way to carve through the field better.

        Not exactly like HAM perhaps, but watching footage of Alonso, Webber and Button from Spa could have served him well!

  5. kowalsky said on 9th September 2011, 17:50

    wouldn’t be nice to see schumacher getting on the podium? He is getting closer to rosberg all the time, if he could just do a small step forward. Next year may be his year. Never understimate him.

    • Sean Evans said on 9th September 2011, 18:37

      You’re right do no underestimate Schuey… would be one of the most silly things you could do…

      • dkfektor said on 9th September 2011, 19:27

        people have been saying that for over 30 races, and schuey has not delivered. that is much more time then other drivers have be given in f1, and not in a midfield car, and he has been soundly beaten in the majority of those 30 plus races by his teammate. maybe he will race for another 5 years, and in 4 years time, with no podium, people will still be saying “do no underestimate schuey” well i “estimate” him, and i estimate him to be well past his prime and taking up huge resources with his salary from a team that could better spend that money on building a decent car for their best driver (rosberg).

        • Spaulding (@spaulding) said on 9th September 2011, 20:41

          Maybe they can’t if Rosberg is like some drivers and can’t develop a car for beans. The real reason that Schumi and many other great drivers are so good is that they can figure out the setups and which parts are worthwhile better than pretty much everyone else involved.

          Of course, that would be the only reason I can think of to keep Schumi (or Barrichello, Liuzzi, etc.) around at this point, and I’m a big fan of Schumacher. He certainly doesn’t have the consistant speed that he used to.

          • Skett (@skett) said on 9th September 2011, 23:59

            I suspect that Rosberg is good at setting a car up tbh, williams was at the front of the midfield before he left!

  6. Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th September 2011, 18:03

    Longer stint of Ferrari is not bad but qualifying pace is quastionable…FP3 will tell us clearer picture.

  7. matt90 (@matt90) said on 9th September 2011, 18:09

    Can anybody tell me how much DRS is estimated to be worth per lap, if used all the way round?

  8. jw393 (@) said on 9th September 2011, 18:28

    Getting voted the “best driver of 2011″ must of been a bit of a boost for poor Lewis! He looked quite chuffed with himself. It’s a good word against the naysayers also, as if anyone can be said to be the heart of motor racing passion and support, and therefore know what they’re talking about, its the Italians. Good on him, good on them, and hopefully the critics can write something good about Hamilton for the first time since germany. They try to write about Vettel but he’s too boring.

    On a side note Jenson managed to hold off alonso last year all the way until he got overtaken in the pits. He was running the ‘higher’ downforce option like the Mclaren’s are again this year. So maybe that’s their target, play on last years’ success and refine it. Hope for a 1-2

  9. applesmack said on 9th September 2011, 23:44

    Jaime should be thankful that Lewis didn’t hit him then.

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th September 2011, 5:57

    Wow. Vettel is 20km/h slower than the fastest driver through the speed trap, but he still sets the fastest lap time.

    • … Which tells you he’s running a high down force set up to achieve the optimum lap times in the race and have an advantage in qualifying.

      Red Bull appear to be banking on him being able to drive into the distance in the race.

      If he can’t break away from other cars or gets stuck in traffic he will be a sitting duck. He also needs to get enough of a lead so that when Mclaren inevitably become the car to beat later in the race, they don’t catch him.

      This is going to be an interesting weekend.

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th September 2011, 9:41

    I saw the drivers struggling a little with grip at Parabolica, fascinating to see the grip levels improve as the surface runners in. Such an unnerving wobble!

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