Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2011

Fernandes: Lotus must match rivals’ reliability

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2011
Both Lotuses retired in Hungary

More cars are finishing races than ever before as reliability in F1 continues to improve.

But one team is lagging behind this year: Lotus.

Team principal Tony Fernandes has urged his team to raise its game.

The T128 has been the least reliable car on the grid with Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli retiring from four races each due to car problems.

Gearbox problems have been a key weakness for Lotus this year and it was this that sidelined Trulli in Singapore.

Fernandes said: “Jarno suffered again with bad luck, but the reliability issue that ended his race is still something we need to improve on.

“We may be small and we may not have the facilities of the teams ahead of us, but that does not mean our standards should be any lower than them, so we have to make sure in Japan, and at the remaining races, that we are a two car team that can help us guarantee tenth place this year.”

Here’s how all the teams have fared in terms of reliability so far this year:

Retirements by team

Car failures in 2011
Car failures in 2011

Red Bull have had repeated problems with their Kinetic Energy Recovery System, but so far it is yet to cause a retirement. Were it not for Mark Webber’s crash at Monza the team would have a perfect finishing rate.

Virgin have made major strides with their reliability. Last year they suffered 13 breakdowns, more than any other team. So far this year they’ve had just three, though Timo Glock’s failure to start in Istanbul should also be included.

But as ever the most striking thing about reliability in Formula 1 today is how infrequently the cars break down.

So far this year 11% of all starts have ended in a technical failure. That’s less than last year but slightly off the all-time low of 8.7% seen in 2008 – although there were two fewer teams in F1 then.

A new record was set in Valencia as all 24 starters finished the race:

Retirements by driver

Driver Total DNFs Accident Technical failure NC DQ DNQ DNS W
Sebastian Vettel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pedro de la Rosa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karun Chandhok 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Senna 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Webber 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fernando Alonso 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul di Resta 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lewis Hamilton 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nico Rosberg 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Felipe Massa 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Adrian Sutil 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sebastien Buemi 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jenson Button 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jerome D’Ambrosio 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Ricciardo 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Vitaly Petrov 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Narain Karthikeyan 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Nick Heidfeld 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jaime Alguersuari 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rubens Barrichello 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Kamui Kobayashi 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
Michael Schumacher 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Pastor Maldonado 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Timo Glock 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
Jarno Trulli 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Heikki Kovalainen 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
Sergio Perez 5 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
Vitantonio Liuzzi 6 1 3 1 0 1 0 0

NC: Not classified (did not complete more than 90% of the race distance)
DQ: Disqualified
DNQ: Did not qualify
DNS: Did not start
W: Withdrawn

No driver has had more than two retirements due to crashes this year. However Vitaly Petrov was classified after crashing out in Malaysia.

Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to have finished every race this year.

Find updated statistics on reliability throughout the season here:

2011 F1 season


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