Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Ferrari: Massa runs afoul of kerbs – and Hamilton

2011 Indian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa had yet another run-in with Lewis Hamilton but kerbs also caused him problems in India.

Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa
Qualifying position 3 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’24.519 (-0.603) 1’25.122
Race position 3
Laps 60/60 32/60
Pit stops 2 2

Ferrari drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
Fernando Alonso 97.641 94.618 93.654 93.65 93.121 92.621 92.291 91.912 91.667 91.38 91.494 91.077 91.562 91.316 91.25 93.595 110.561 90.728 90.502 90.677 90.586 90.19 90.246 89.993 90.567 90.767 90.271 89.568 89.806 90.227 89.036 89.635 89.368 89.557 90.448 89.405 90.165 89.763 91.756 108.037 89.397 89.181 88.912 88.887 88.701 89.291 89.391 89.24 88.777 88.41 89.092 88.732 88.715 88.739 88.357 88.15 88.368 87.953 88.004 88.298
Felipe Massa 98.264 94.991 93.843 93.471 93.322 92.626 92.362 91.953 91.702 91.683 91.322 91.35 91.474 92.734 90.89 91.208 93.389 109.977 90.243 90.512 90.51 90.64 92.68 100.202 91.43 90.814 90.806 90.388 90.762 93.278 105.134 114.957

Fernando Alonso

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.873s
Pit stop 2 Hard 21.755s

Alonso said it was “a bit of a surprise” to find himself third on the grid, ahead of both McLarens thanks in part to Lewis Hamilton’s penalty. The team had to fix a problem with his front wing on the grid but it didn’t cause him problems in the race.

But he didn’t make his customary quick getaway, and ran wide at the first corner as he tried to draw alongisde Mark Webber, losing a place to Jenson Button.

Alonso followed Webber into the pits on lap 16 but as they came out Michael Schumacher split the pair of them. Alonso spent his out-lap behind the Mercedes, nearly losing a place to his team mate when Massa came out of the pits, then passed Schumacher the next time by in the second DRS zone.

Alonso closed on Webber quickly as the Red Bull driver’s tyres went off towards the end of the stint.

He stayed out two laps later before switching to the hard tyres, jumping ahead of Webber. There was only 1.2 seconds between them at the flag, Alonso coming out on top and taking the final podium place.

Fernando Alonso 2011 form guide

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.848s
Pit stop 2 Hard 27.619s

Massa was surprisingly fastest in the second practice session on Friday as Ferrari continued their evaluation of new parts. At times his front wing was seen flexing significantly at high speed.

But he broke one wing when he crashed at the end of Q3. Massa complained afterwards that the kerb he hit was too severe.

He got ahead of Hamilton at the start but after their first pit stops Massa made a slight mistake allowing Hamilton to close in. On lap 23 Massa covered the inside of turn five as Hamilton got a run on him.

On the next lap Hamilton tried again, Massa hanging left before moving right onto the racing line. The McLaren went down the inside, Massa turned in as usual and the pair collided once more in 2011.

Massa was able to continue without stopping for repairs. But the stewards handed him a drive-through penalty – his first of the year – for causing the collision. He served it straight away.

Despite his penalty, Massa laid blame for the collision at Hamilton’s feet: “It?s the umpteenth time that Hamilton runs into me this year and it seems it?s some sort of fatal attraction.

“In the past, I tried to talk to him but he did not seem to be interested in doing so.”

Shortly after his front wing began vibrating as it had done in practice. Ferrari responded by bringing him in to change the wing and switch him onto the hard tyres.

Ferrari said the wing Massa ran was the same as that used by Alonso, which did not move in the same way during the race.

On lap 33 Massa had a repeat of his suspension failure from qualifying. This time it was the front-left which gave way when he hit the kerb at turn nine, putting him out.

“There?s not much to say at the end of a weekend like this,” he said. “I am really unhappy that I was not able to finish a race in which I showed I had the pace to fight for the podium.”

Felipe Massa 2011 form guide

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