Jenson Button, McLaren, Korea, 2011

McLaren missed out on one-two in final sector

2011 Korean GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Korea, 2011
Button was on course for second until last corner

McLaren were on course to lock out the front row of the grid until Jenson Button hit the rev limiter in the final sector of his lap.

The last sector was also where Michael Schumacher lost the time that cost him a place in Q3.

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

Qualifying times in full

  • Schumacher missed out on a place in Q3 for the first time since his wheel fell off at Spa. He was on course to reach the top ten until the final sector. He said: “I could feel that something was not right when leaving the pits as I had vibrations straight away. All that was left for us to do was hope that the gap would be big enough to remain in the top ten but that turned out not to be the case.”
  • One of the drivers who beat him was Jaime Alguersuari, who is pleased with Toro Rosso’s progress, saying: “I think we now have a better understanding of some of the upgrades we introduced in Suzuka and made the most of them.
  • Sergio Perez starts 17th for the second race in a row and was the only driver not to improve his time between two parts of qualifying. “I am not happy with the balance and the set-up of the car,” he said. “I didn?t feel at all confident in the car. My final lap in Q2 was particularly bad because I hadn?t got the brake balance right and had the fronts locking.”
  • Williams limited their drivers to one run in Q1 and it proved insufficient for Rubens Barrichello to get into Q2. He said: “My first lap in Q1 was quite good but my tyres had started to go off by the third lap. As we had decided to conserve tyres before the session started, we aborted the run and came in.”
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’37.525 1’36.526 (-0.999) 1’35.820 (-0.706)
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’39.093 1’37.285 (-1.808) 1’36.042 (-1.243)
3 Jenson Button McLaren 1’37.929 1’37.302 (-0.627) 1’36.126 (-1.176)
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’39.071 1’37.292 (-1.779) 1’36.468 (-0.824)
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.670 1’37.313 (-1.357) 1’36.831 (-0.482)
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.393 1’37.352 (-1.041) 1’36.980 (-0.372)
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.426 1’37.892 (-0.534) 1’37.754 (-0.138)
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’38.378 1’38.186 (-0.192) 1’38.124 (-0.062)
9 Paul di Resta Force India 1’38.549 1’38.254 (-0.295)
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’38.789 1’38.219 (-0.570)
11 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’39.392 1’38.315 (-1.077)
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.502 1’38.354 (-0.148)
13 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’39.352 1’38.508 (-0.844)
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’39.464 1’38.775 (-0.689)
15 Bruno Senna Renault 1’39.316 1’38.791 (-0.525)
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’39.436 1’39.189 (-0.247)
17 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’39.097 1’39.443 (+0.346)
18 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’39.538
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’40.522
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’41.101
21 Timo Glock Virgin 1’42.091
22 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 1’43.483
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1’43.758
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT

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.

  • On his birthday Bruno Senna could only manage after what he called, “my first poor qualifying performance of the year.”
  • Felipe Massa beat Fernando Alonso, which he has now done four times in the last six races having qualified behind his team mate in the first ten races of the year.
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’36.042 -0.426 1’36.468 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’35.820 -0.306 1’36.126 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’36.980 +0.149 1’36.831 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’38.354 +0.462 1’37.892 Nico Rosberg Q2
Renault Bruno Senna 1’38.791 +0.605 1’38.186 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’39.538 +0.102 1’39.436 Pastor Maldonado Q1
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’38.219 -0.035 1’38.254 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’38.775 -0.668 1’39.443 Sergio Perez Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’38.508 +0.193 1’38.315 Jaime Alguersuari Q2
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’40.522 -0.579 1’41.101 Jarno Trulli Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’42.091 -1.392 1’43.483 Jerome D’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • Jenson Button was faster than Vettel in the first two sectors but ended up behind him on the grid: “On my final run, I think I lost some ground in the last corner: I hit the limiter at the apex and lost a bit of time, but I feel good in the car.”
  • As a result, Mark Webber was also faster than Button in the final sector – but had already lost too much time earlier on his lap: “I lost the rear a little bit on the exit of turn one. I tried to get it back through turn three, but I was down tyhree-tenths of a second; it?s a pity as you?re not going to get that back in the last sector ?ǣ which hadn?t been too bad on the previous run.”
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Lewis Hamilton 34.245 (3) 41.834 (1) 19.730 (1)
Sebastian Vettel 34.202 (2) 41.968 (3) 19.860 (2)
Jenson Button 34.168 (1) 41.961 (2) 19.997 (4)
Mark Webber 34.399 (6) 42.110 (4) 19.943 (3)
Felipe Massa 34.251 (4) 42.273 (5) 20.286 (6)
Fernando Alonso 34.500 (12) 42.319 (6) 20.095 (5)
Nico Rosberg 34.436 (9) 42.798 (7) 20.434 (7)
Vitaly Petrov 34.447 (10) 43.030 (8) 20.439 (8)
Paul di Resta 34.403 (7) 43.143 (10) 20.708 (14)
Adrian Sutil 34.389 (5) 43.330 (12) 20.500 (11)
Jaime Alguersuari 34.520 (13) 43.281 (11) 20.456 (9)
Michael Schumacher 34.426 (8) 43.130 (9) 20.742 (15)
Sebastien Buemi 34.474 (11) 43.482 (16) 20.490 (10)
Kamui Kobayashi 34.671 (15) 43.346 (13) 20.758 (16)
Bruno Senna 34.552 (14) 43.350 (14) 20.586 (12)
Pastor Maldonado 34.769 (17) 43.606 (18) 20.814 (17)
Sergio Perez 34.918 (18) 43.368 (15) 20.675 (13)
Rubens Barrichello 34.717 (16) 43.546 (17) 21.171 (19)
Heikki Kovalainen 35.420 (19) 44.047 (20) 21.055 (18)
Jarno Trulli 35.676 (21) 43.946 (19) 21.465 (20)
Timo Glock 35.631 (20) 44.933 (21) 21.527 (21)
Jerome D’Ambrosio 36.073 (22) 45.478 (23) 21.932 (22)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 36.104 (23) 45.347 (22) 22.170 (23)
Daniel Ricciardo 36.315 (24) 52.079 (24) 25.130 (24)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers? maximum speeds.

  • Alguersuari complained of hitting the rev limiter in the last race. He has the quickest car in a straight line here, suggesting Toro Rosso have got his gear ratios right this time.
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph/mph) Gap
1 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 320.3 (199.0)
2 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 320.0 (198.8) -0.3
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 316.4 (196.6) -3.9
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 316.4 (196.6) -3.9
5 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 316.0 (196.4) -4.3
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 315.9 (196.3) -4.4
7 Paul di Resta Force India 315.8 (196.2) -4.5
8 Bruno Senna Renault 315.6 (196.1) -4.7
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 315.6 (196.1) -4.7
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 315.6 (196.1) -4.7
11 Sergio Perez Sauber 315.6 (196.1) -4.7
12 Jenson Button McLaren 314.7 (195.5) -5.6
13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 314.6 (195.5) -5.7
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams 314.5 (195.4) -5.8
15 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 313.9 (195.0) -6.4
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams 313.7 (194.9) -6.6
17 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 312.5 (194.2) -7.8
18 Mark Webber Red Bull 312.2 (194.0) -8.1
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 309.9 (192.6) -10.4
20 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 309.5 (192.3) -10.8
21 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 309.1 (192.1) -11.2
22 Timo Glock Virgin 308.9 (191.9) -11.4
23 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 308.3 (191.6) -12.0
24 Jarno Trulli Lotus 308.1 (191.4) -12.2

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