Petrov narrowly misses top ten as penalties reorder the grid

2011 Indian GP qualifying analysis

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

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

Qualifying times in full

  • Vitaly Petrov missed out on a place in Q3 by the narrowest of margins. He matched Jaime Alguersuari’s Q2 time to within a thousandth of a second. Alguersuari progressed in Q3 because he had set the time time three minutes earlier. Had Petrov been able to replicate his Q1 time he’d have made it through.
  • It mattered little in the end as he was one of five drivers to get penalties after qualifying. The others were Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and both HRT drivers.
  • Timo Glock will be allowed to start the race despite failing to beat the 107% time due to his gearbox problem. See the updated grid here.
  • Hamilton said he decided to save his tyres when he realised he wasn’t going to be able to beat Sebastian Vettel to pole position: “I was only a tenth down going into the penultimate corner, but I chose to abort the lap and save the tyres for tomorrow as it?s going to be a long race.”
  • Kamui Kobayashi said Sauber struggled with tyre warm-up as they had in Korea: “The pace of the car was certainly good enough for Q2, I was convinced about it and I also think our race performance should be alright. However, in qualifying it took me a lot of time to warm up the tyres, and then in the end I was unlucky. I had just started my final flying lap when Felipe [Massa] came out of the pit lane in front of me.”
Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’26.218 1’24.657 (-1.561) 1’24.178 (-0.479)
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’26.563 1’25.019 (-1.544) 1’24.474 (-0.545)
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’26.473 1’25.282 (-1.191) 1’24.508 (-0.774)
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.774 1’25.158 (-1.616) 1’24.519 (-0.639)
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’26.225 1’25.299 (-0.926) 1’24.950 (-0.349)
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.012 1’25.522 (-1.490) 1’25.122 (-0.400)
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.364 1’25.555 (-0.809) 1’25.451 (-0.104)
8 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’26.271 1’26.140 (-0.131)
9 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’26.608 1’26.161 (-0.447)
10 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’26.557 1’26.319 (-0.238)
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.189 1’26.319 (+0.130)
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.790 1’26.337 (-0.453)
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1’26.864 1’26.503 (-0.361)
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’26.829 1’26.537 (-0.292)
15 Bruno Senna Renault 1’26.766 1’26.651 (-0.115)
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’27.479 1’27.247 (-0.232)
17 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’27.249 1’27.562 (+0.313)
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’27.876
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’28.565
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’28.752
21 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1’30.216
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1’30.238
23 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 1’30.866
24 Timo Glock Virgin 1’34.046

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.

  • Daniel Ricciardo and Narain Karthikeyan shared a team for the first time this year. Ricciardo prevailed by a slim margin over the home driver: “I was up on my team mate but made a small mistake,” said Karthikeyan.
  • Unlike Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber wasn’t able to get a second lap in: “It was tricky to work out the right strategy for qualifying. The tyres weren?t easy for one timed lap, so we had to work out how to do the right strategy ?ǣ lots of teams tried different styles to get the best lap time out of the car. The first sector was tricky to get right on one timed lap. I could have done better in the first sector on my first lap in Q3; I couldn?t complete my second, as there were yellow flags after Massa?s incident.”
Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’24.178 -0.330 1’24.508 Mark Webber Q3
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’24.474 -0.476 1’24.950 Jenson Button Q3
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’24.519 -0.603 1’25.122 Felipe Massa Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’26.337 +0.782 1’25.555 Nico Rosberg Q2
Renault Bruno Senna 1’26.651 +0.332 1’26.319 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’27.247 +0.710 1’26.537 Pastor Maldonado Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’26.140 -0.363 1’26.503 Paul di Resta Q2
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 1’27.876 +0.627 1’27.249 Sergio Perez Q1
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’26.161 -0.158 1’26.319 Jaime Alguersuari Q2
Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’28.565 -0.187 1’28.752 Jarno Trulli Q1
HRT Narain Karthikeyan 1’30.238 +0.022 1’30.216 Daniel Ricciardo Q1
Virgin Timo Glock 1’34.046 +3.180 1’30.866 Jerome D’Ambrosio Q1

Sector times

Here are the drivers? best times in each sector.

  • Jenson Button came under scrutiny as he was the first driver to pass through the scene of Massa’s crash as the yellow flags came out. The sector times show nine other cars were quicker than him through sector two, which Button was almost at the end of when Massa crashed. There has been no indication he, or any other drivers who passed through the yellow flag zone, might get a penalty.
  • Red Bull are strong in sectors two and three but not in the first where straight-line speed is all-important.
Driver Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3
Sebastian Vettel 41.277 (5) 22.226 (1) 20.675 (1)
Lewis Hamilton 41.009 (1) 22.521 (5) 20.944 (4)
Mark Webber 41.407 (7) 22.261 (2) 20.840 (2)
Fernando Alonso 41.097 (2) 22.371 (4) 20.944 (4)
Jenson Button 41.099 (3) 22.931 (10) 20.920 (3)
Felipe Massa 41.359 (6) 22.295 (3) 21.057 (6)
Nico Rosberg 41.214 (4) 23.054 (12) 21.157 (7)
Adrian Sutil 41.728 (8) 22.918 (9) 21.494 (14)
Sebastien Buemi 41.747 (9) 22.868 (7) 21.404 (10)
Jaime Alguersuari 41.962 (15) 22.821 (6) 21.430 (11)
Vitaly Petrov 41.756 (10) 22.896 (8) 21.328 (8)
Michael Schumacher 41.764 (11) 23.070 (13) 21.369 (9)
Paul di Resta 41.843 (12) 23.176 (15) 21.484 (13)
Pastor Maldonado 41.944 (14) 23.074 (14) 21.478 (12)
Bruno Senna 42.036 (16) 22.938 (11) 21.549 (15)
Rubens Barrichello 41.877 (13) 23.382 (17) 21.565 (16)
Sergio Perez 42.097 (17) 23.355 (16) 21.684 (17)
Kamui Kobayashi 42.129 (18) 23.569 (18) 21.873 (19)
Heikki Kovalainen 42.862 (20) 23.839 (20) 21.864 (18)
Jarno Trulli 42.970 (21) 23.826 (19) 21.956 (20)
Daniel Ricciardo 43.075 (22) 24.485 (21) 22.477 (23)
Narain Karthikeyan 42.805 (19) 24.885 (23) 22.320 (21)
Jerome D’Ambrosio 43.544 (23) 24.855 (22) 22.467 (22)
Timo Glock 44.488 (24) 26.114 (24) 23.253 (24)

Speed trap

Here are the drivers’ maximum speeds.

  • Since their recent exhaust-blown diffuser upgrade, the Toro Rosso cars have featured more often among the quickest cars through the speed traps.
  • Red Bull’s straight-line speed is particularly weak here – even slower than the likes of Virgin and HRT.
Pos Driver Car Speed (kph/mph) Gap
1 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 324.2 (201.4)
2 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 323.8 (201.2) -0.4
3 Sergio Perez Sauber 323.4 (201.0) -0.8
4 Rubens Barrichello Williams 322.0 (200.1) -2.2
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 321.3 (199.6) -2.9
6 Adrian Sutil Force India 319.7 (198.7) -4.5
7 Paul di Resta Force India 319.6 (198.6) -4.6
8 Pastor Maldonado Williams 319.3 (198.4) -4.9
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 318.6 (198.0) -5.6
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 318.3 (197.8) -5.9
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 318.0 (197.6) -6.2
12 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 317.2 (197.1) -7.0
13 Jenson Button McLaren 316.5 (196.7) -7.7
14 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 316.1 (196.4) -8.1
15 Vitaly Petrov Renault 315.9 (196.3) -8.3
16 Bruno Senna Renault 315.8 (196.2) -8.4
17 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin 313.8 (195.0) -10.4
18 Timo Glock Virgin 313.6 (194.9) -10.6
19 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 313.3 (194.7) -10.9
20 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 312.9 (194.4) -11.3
21 Mark Webber Red Bull 312.9 (194.4) -11.3
22 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 312.5 (194.2) -11.7
23 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 308.3 (191.6) -15.9
24 Jarno Trulli Lotus 308.3 (191.6) -15.9

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23 comments on Petrov narrowly misses top ten as penalties reorder the grid

  1. cmckinleyF1 (@cmckinleyf1) said on 29th October 2011, 16:56

    Just that extra 0.001 would have been very helpful for Petrov because he would have only needed to start a flying lap in Q3 to secure 8th on the grid (13th with the penalty) with his car number being lower than Sutil and Buemi so a potential 3 grid spots missed there

  2. Tyson Evans (@bobtehblob) said on 29th October 2011, 16:57

    “Daniel Ricciardo and Narain Karthikeyan shared a team fir the first time this year.” for* just a small typo :)

  3. I guess this proves Narain isnt bad. I dont understand how so many people hate on him but he is a decent driver. I think now that he set an identical lap time to Ricciardo it is safe to say he has a chance to replace Webber at Redbull soon.

  4. MattHT (@mattht) said on 29th October 2011, 17:52

    My gut feeling for this race (and I only have one gut feeling about this race) is that Petrov will cause a collision again.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th October 2011, 23:26

    There are some huge gaps between team mates.

    Looks like a reasonably good weekend to have a Ferrari engine.

  6. 130R (@130r) said on 29th October 2011, 23:45

    Impressive job by Narain Karthikeyan, cleary the better of the Indian drivers.

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