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 time comparison (Q3)||1’24.178 (-0.33)||1’24.508|
Red Bull drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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.”
At the rate he’s going, even some of Michael Schumacher’s records could start to come under threat.
|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.”
2011 Indian Grand Prix
- Vettel voted Driver of the Weekend for third time
- Rate the race result: 2011 Indian Grand Prix
- Massa’s crash and more fans’ videos from the Indian Grand Prix
- 2011 Indian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Herbert explains Massa’s penalty: “He knew where Hamilton was”
- Vote for your Indian GP driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Vettel never troubled for 11th win
- McLaren: Another race to forget for Hamilton
- Ferrari: Massa runs afoul of kerbs – and Hamilton
- Mercedes: Drivers’ points gap shrinks as Rosberg loses out
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