Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Red Bull: Vettel never troubled for 11th win

2011 Indian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel’s 11th win means the only driver to have won more races in a season was Michael Schumacher in 2004.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 1 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’24.178 (-0.33) 1’24.508
Race position 1 4
Laps 60/60 60/60
Pit stops 2 2

Red Bull 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
Sebastian Vettel 94.881 93.738 92.77 92.377 92.703 91.834 91.639 91.308 91.464 91.305 91.335 91.272 91.24 90.685 90.883 90.636 90.398 90.55 93.673 108.712 90.058 89.922 90.223 89.977 89.916 90.269 90.245 89.78 89.51 89.39 89.286 89.012 89.166 89.296 88.998 88.607 88.845 89.114 88.738 89.914 89.595 88.555 89.115 88.807 89.006 88.919 92.416 108.141 88.748 88.029 88.403 88.306 87.922 87.801 87.782 88.394 88.017 88.671 87.457 87.249
Mark Webber 96.909 94.487 93.259 93.206 93.452 92.276 91.851 91.542 91.451 91.421 91.641 91.27 91.525 91.617 91.246 94.486 109.384 90.454 90.328 90.456 90.235 90.402 90.193 89.916 90.481 90.318 90.682 89.985 89.744 90.009 89.537 90.302 89.458 89.67 89.931 90.406 92.925 108.817 89.822 90.311 89.904 89.486 89.095 89.164 88.76 88.832 88.924 89.473 88.861 89.545 88.623 88.994 88.612 88.508 88.952 87.92 87.908 87.559 87.52 88.486

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.415s
Pit stop 2 Hard 21.449s

Did two laps in Q3 that were good enough for pole position after Lewis Hamilton abandoned his last effort.

Vettel led easily at the start and even the appearance of Jenson Button in second place rarely caused him any concern.

He rattled off the fastest lap on the last lap of the race despite having KERS off and the engine turned down. That netted him his first perfect result of a win from pole, leading every lap and setting fastest lap.

“I enjoyed the time in the lead very much,” he said afterwards. “I had a little bit of a fight with Jenson. It was always around four seconds and strangely he kept closing in around the pit-stops. I don?t know, I was pushing very hard into the box and out of the box but we seemed to lose a little bit there so we need to understand.

“But on the circuit it was crucial to manage the tyres, make sure that you have enough of them left in the end, so all in all it was a very smooth race. The car was very well balanced. I felt even a little bit more confident on the hard tyres at the end, but overall a fantastic performance.”

When it was pointed out to him he’d also broken Nigel Mansell’s record for leading the most laps during a season he remarked: “I’m surprised there was a record left not held by Michael.”

At the rate he’s going, even some of Michael Schumacher’s records could start to come under threat.

Sebastian Vettel 2011 form guide

Mark Webber

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.392s
Pit stop 2 Hard 21.24s

Webber had to abort his second run in qualifying because of Felipe Massa’s crash, but even so it’s doubtful he would have beaten Vettel’s time.

Webber lost out to Button on the run down to turn four. He put the McLaren driver under some pressure in the first stint but, as has often been the case in 2011, his lap times dropped off towards the end of his stint.

This was his undoing when he made his second stop early, switching to hard tyres sooner than Fernando Alonso and dropping behind the Ferrari.

Alonso came out of the pits just in front of Webber but the Red Bull driver ran wide at turn three on the next lap, losing an opportunity to use DRS to pass the Ferrari.

He finished in fourth, just over a second behind Alonso. “It?s pretty much the general story of this year,” he said.

“I just don’t have the pace at the end of the stints, so I run out of tyres and then lose strategy, it means I have to pit earlier and it makes life harder. In the end, I wasn?t quick enough. I had a reasonable pace at the start of the stints, but as they go on, we go back into the clutches of the other guys.”

Mark Webber 2011 form guide

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