Red Bull: Vettel never troubled for 11th win

2011 Indian GP team review

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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22 comments on Red Bull: Vettel never troubled for 11th win

  1. celeste (@celeste) said on 31st October 2011, 18:10

    It was really sad to see Mark Webber interview on BBC after the race.

    Beside this was the first time he appears at the team picture when he didn´t win a trophy on the season.

  2. tasimana said on 31st October 2011, 19:22

    Mark can rediscover the mojo in 2013 but vettel will be even better. If he can jag a win this will give him confidence.

  3. Franton said on 31st October 2011, 19:40

    Mark needs to find a top team that doesn’t favour one driver over another. Problem is all the McLaren seats are filled …

    I refuse to believe Mark is that slow, especially compared to last year. I just don’t think he’s getting 50/50 treatment.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 31st October 2011, 19:43

      To quote myself:

      In reality, Vettel is only 24, and has improved from last year. The 14 point gap has grown to 153 for 2 more reasons:

      1). No more repeats of Bahrain, Australia and Korea 2010. The unreliability of the RB6 affected Vettel more than it did Webber. Seb lost 60+ points to Mark there.

      2). Vettel practically handed Webber two of those wins last year through mistakes. Sure, Webber drove well to capitalise on them, but obviously if Seb cuts those mistakes out, Mark either has to up his game, or be left in the dust.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 31st October 2011, 20:40

      I refuse to believe Mark is that slow, especially compared to last year.

      I don’t think he’s that slow either, but it’s just a lot of small things just not coming together for him. The main thing is that (in his own words from yesterday’s BBC interview) he just doesn’t have the pace at the end of the stints this year, and that’s usually where Sebastian is able to put in some impressive laps.

      Even so, he’s had a few reasonable races this year. Even last Saturday he was less than a tenth down on Seb’s first run (and then he didn’t get the chance for a second lap because of Massa’s yellow flag), and in Spa and Silverstone he was closing on Sebastian at the end of the race, and of course in Germany and China he also drove well, and arguably better than Vettel.

      Other than that, I mostly agree with David A. (although saying Vettel gifted Webber his Silverstone win, when Mark got him off the line, I would not agree with). Vettel has been “cracking it down the middle of the fairway” (Webber’s words), whereas Mark has been making it a little difficult for himself at times (most notably off the line).

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 1st November 2011, 0:01

      I think he is getting it.

      But by his own admition he is having a really hard time with tires.

      I guess Pirelli threats better smoth dirvers (Vettel, Button, Perez) than agresive ons (Webber, Hamilton) and thats where they have trouble.

      Is good to have a fast car, I know that it is for debate but I don´t think McLaren are that much slow that RBR; but getting the tires strategy and making them last is probably the key point for this season.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd November 2011, 20:59

      No, Vettel IS that good.

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 31st October 2011, 20:25

    There was hope, after the summer break, that we would get – not an actual championship fight – but at least Vettel being given a run for his money, with Button, Alonso, and Hamilton taking wins. Webber even went as far as saying that Vettel’s earlier dominance was now gone, and would not reappear.

    I guess it’s nice for Vettel fans to have generally exciting races and seeing your guy win, but for me the inevitability of P1 is becoming a bit of a turn-off.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 31st October 2011, 20:32

      As a Vettel fan, you’re right about it being nice to see him win and will make the most of it while it lasts (hopefully for a long time :P ). As an F1 fan, it’d be nice not just to see the other 2010 contenders win over and over, but see Massa, Mercedes, Renault and even some of the lower teams also challenge for wins or at least podiums.

      • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 31st October 2011, 20:46

        In that respect, it would be nice (as someone but I forgot who pointed out the other day) to have some of the 2009-like shifts in performance over the course of the season, so many get their turn at the front, and the gaps were historically small. This year, however, the differences in performance are both constant and pretty large. Mercedes, especially, is having a very boring season; 1 second behind Ferrari, and half a second in front of the midfield, Rosberg and Schumacher (now that the latter has ironed out the early-season clumsiness) only have each other to fight. Anyway, drifting off-topic.

  5. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 31st October 2011, 22:09

    I had a little bit of a fight with Jenson

    If he calls that a fight, then how did he describe Nurburgring?

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 1st November 2011, 9:23

      @electrolite, I always start to tune out when he says those things.

      It is as if he, like Horner, is always trying to show how they really had to fight for it, while the reality is, they have a great car, and Vettel just knows how to use it supremely well so when things go according to plan, they can take time to disagree about Vettel going for a fastest lap or not.

      They should just admit that you are in another league this year, please, but instead they still want to be the plucky underdog. Sorry for that rant, had to get it off my chest!

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 1st November 2011, 9:25

        They are in a different league, although I won’t protest too much if you thank me for acknowledging you are too :)

      • sharmin. (@spartle) said on 1st November 2011, 21:00

        They might be in a different league but acknowledging that themselves would probably cause more claims of cockiness and arrogance more than anything.
        If you say you’re too fast for the rest then you are arrogant but if you don’t say it then you’re trying to be the ‘plucky underdog’? Doesn’t make any sense!

  6. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 1st November 2011, 2:48

    Webber since his contract for 2012 haven’t made any significant improvement relative to his team-mate,not sure whether this is the reason that this guy is relaxing a bit.

  7. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 1st November 2011, 12:23

    I’d really like to see Webber retire with some dignity. Vettel’s made him look an idiot this year, and we all know Mark’s a great driver. Seb’s in a league of his own. Call it the car, call it always starting from poll, doesn’t really matter. He’s trounced his team mate. Mark never bounced back from 2010 like everyone expected him to. I’d like to see a new young gunner alongside Seb to give him a bit of a challenge.

    I don’t see any point in Mark going elsewhere. His best chance at a championship is with the team he’s currently with, and it’s just not happening, and won’t happen after Sebastien’s taste of success.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd November 2011, 21:04

    What can I say, fantastic result from Vettel.

    To get fastest lap while your KERS is broken AND engine turned down? That’s just not right!

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