2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice analysis

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Data from the first two practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Longest stint comparison – second session

  • Sebastian Vettel’s crash interrupted his long run so we only have his team mate’s effort to judge the Red Bull’s race stint performance from. Webber has tended to be harder on his tyres than Vettel: “I think I was too wide and too far on to the kerb, so I lost the rear and couldn?t catch the car any more,” he said.
  • Lewis Hamilton did a 12-lap run with little drop-off in lap time.
  • This is consistent with Pirelli’s expectation of two or three pit stops during the race, with drivers tending to follow the usual pattern of running the soft tyre early on before switching to the medium.
  • The Mercedes drivers ran long stints, with Nico Rosberg managing 14 laps before his tyres appeared to begin dropping off in performance.

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Sebastian Vettel 107.156 106.219 111.938 106.886 142.09
Mark Webber 107.473 105.246 104.852 105.387 105.559 105.538 104.741 106.157 106.137
Lewis Hamilton 108.158 106.483 106.119 106.003 106.275 106.474 106.461 106.403 106.028 105.919 106.902 105.962 129.896
Jenson Button 112.157 106.839 106.861 106.407 106.751 106.264 106.488 105.806 105.677 105.863 107.957 106.49 125.668
Fernando Alonso 103.265 102.725 106.717 102.476
Felipe Massa 105.583 105.816 105.825 106.467 105.707 105.751 105.861 106.235 107.036 124.698
Michael Schumacher 107.545 107.341 107.635 107.176 108.792 108.22 107.373 107.644 107.627 107.553 115.013 107.338 107.614 108.138
Nico Rosberg 107.349 106.983 112.54 107.112 107.476 107.009 118.54 106.806 113.752 106.463 106.837 107.427 110.106 107.378 107.698
Bruno Senna 109.08 109.639 109.08 108.561 109.273 108.281 111.315 108.789 109.713 125.007
Vitaly Petrov 108.267 108.657 109.596 108.029 108.271 107.787 109.672 136.36
Rubens Barrichello 109.269 109.419 109.56 108.375 111.789 108.162 133.374
Pastor Maldonado 108.165 107.499 108.464 107.797 108.05 108.267 108.113 107.497 107.576 109.126 134.682
Adrian Sutil 109.858 107.62 107.808 108.614 111.252 107.07 107.238 106.975 106.912 106.326
Paul di Resta 107.105 107.116 106.869 107.035 107.033 107.03 112.327 106.657 106.716 131.311
Kamui Kobayashi 107.232 107.254 107.172 107.254 107.311 111.731 106.805 125.771
Sergio Perez 108.778 108.103 111.193 107.436 107.559 107.093 107.291 108.152 136.07
Sebastien Buemi 111.196 108.852 111.874 108.469 108.864 109.186 109.082 143.135
Jaime Alguersuari 109.656 110.169 107.959 108.395 107.75 108.088 107.748 108.488 108.215 109.079 107.842 107.769 107.982 139.748
Heikki Kovalainen 108.904 108.496 108.42 108.427 115.104 108.241 108.353 108.443 117.244 108.119 131.954
Jarno Trulli 110.105 109.917 109.777 109.789 109.349 109.171 112.09 108.658 110.511 108.225 154.53
Daniel Ricciardo 110.677 109.97 109.854 109.779 109.809 110.07 110.251 109.567 112.201 109.759 126.631
Vitantonio Liuzzi 109.882 106.249 113.145 107.165 122.541
Timo Glock 110.442 109.99 110.074 110.092 110.894 110.089 110.168 110.959 117.043 139.853
Jerome d’Ambrosio 111.828 111.671 111.622 111.878 114.409 114.773 111.502 111.395

Complete practice times – first session

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.263 3/5 67 21
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.389 0.126 4/6 91 26
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.403 0.140 1/2 68 27
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.755 0.492 7/7 68 27
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.801 0.538 4/5 92 25
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.260 0.997 1/3 90 17
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.340 1.077 5/6 92 23
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.130 1.867 6/6 49 26
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’42.151 1.888 7/9 90 28
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.377 2.114 3/6 89 26
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.633 2.370 4/6 91 26
12 9 Romain Grosjean Renault 1’42.685 2.422 2/6 68 29
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’43.118 2.855 3/4 85 13
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’43.255 2.992 7/7 42 29
15 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’43.389 3.126 6/6 43 24
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.412 4.149 5/6 46 28
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.484 4.221 7/7 72 18
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.565 4.302 5/6 69 27
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’44.898 4.635 7/8 69 25
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’46.385 6.122 8/9 93 28
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’46.532 6.269 1/8 81 27
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’48.024 7.761 6/6 67 20
23 25 Robert Wickens Virgin-Cosworth 1’48.551 8.288 4/6 91 23
24 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1

Complete practice times – second session

  • Pirelli expects the soft tyre to be around 1.2 seconds per lap quicker than the medium tyre.
  • Hamilton found two-tenths of a second over his closest rivals in the second and third sectors.
  • The quickest Red Bull was over a half a second down in the middle sector, which is dominated by two long straights.
  • Based on Hamilton’s lap time, the 107% time would be 1’46.557, which all cars are inside.
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.586 1/3 51 31
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.785 0.199 3/3 54 30
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.971 0.385 1/3 39 19
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.980 0.394 3/3 67 34
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.104 0.518 1/4 52 35
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.132 0.546 2/2 55 25
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.553 0.967 3/3 49 34
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’40.951 1.365 5/5 15 34
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.021 1.435 5/5 64 37
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.490 1.904 1/4 41 34
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.565 1.979 3/4 43 34
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.680 2.094 4/4 37 33
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.947 2.361 3/3 26 31
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.983 2.397 1/3 50 34
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’42.369 2.783 5/5 51 36
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.798 3.212 3/4 53 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.910 3.324 1/3 54 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’43.562 3.976 7/7 64 36
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’44.050 4.464 6/6 63 38
20 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.265 4.679 10/12 29 41
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.486 5.900 1/2 38 33
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.142 6.556 1/4 90 32
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’46.249 6.663 2/5 88 21
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’46.328 6.742 2/3 53 34

Speed trap – second session

  • As we have become used to seeing recently the Toro Rossos are the quickest cars in a straight line.
  • Jenson Button had one of the slowest cars through the speed trap and was pessimistic about his prospect of overtaking during the race: “I still reckon it?ll be difficult to overtake people in the DRS zones. So I think it?s going to be a bit of a struggle to make moves stick in the race ?ǣ which means it?s going to be important to qualify up at the front.”
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 323.4
2 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 323.1 0.3
3 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 322.6 0.8
4 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 319.8 3.6
5 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 319 4.4
6 9 Bruno Senna Renault Renault 318.9 4.5
7 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 318.1 5.3
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 317.3 6.1
9 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 316.6 6.8
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 315.8 7.6
11 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 315.7 7.7
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 315.6 7.8
13 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 313.4 10
14 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 313.4 10
15 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT Cosworth 313.3 10.1
16 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 313.2 10.2
17 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 313.1 10.3
18 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 313.1 10.3
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 312.9 10.5
20 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 312.8 10.6
21 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 311.6 11.8
22 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 309.1 14.3
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 307.9 15.5
24 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus Renault 307.9 15.5

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27 comments on 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice analysis

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 11th November 2011, 16:58

    How come all of the sudden Toro Rosso became the fastest team on the straights? That used to be Force India, didn’t it?

  2. jw393 (@) said on 11th November 2011, 16:58

    First!

    Keith, Congrats on providing a site that’s more user-friendly than both the BBC and FOM sites. So nice to have all this data, and manipulable also!

    Mclarens for Front Row Lock-out tomorrow I reckon

  3. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 11th November 2011, 17:05

    “I think I was too wide and too far on to the kerb, so I lost the rear and couldn’t catch the car any more,” he said.

    Keith, I’m not sure I understand this bit. Is “he” Vettel, or Webber?

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th November 2011, 17:05

    It really seems to me, that the idea to allow DRS for full during Qualifying and only limited for passing in the race is blowing up right in their faces.

    They stated a reason to allow it in Qualli was to discourage teams from setting up their cars to run without it, making it ineffective because of the rev limit.
    This evidently did not work, as all since at least the mid season, all teams have followed Red Bulls lead and went for Qualli optimized DRS which can be activated really soon after each corner and on most parts of the track with a low fuel car.
    But it also means that the DRS loses much of its speed benefit for passing and therefore its not as interesting to gear for its use with a considerable amount of fuel and running in someones slipstream.

    • gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 11th November 2011, 17:10

      Why don’t they just allow DRS where it is allowed during the race ? Just do as if every driver was less than a sec behind a virtual driver in a way…

      • PJ (@pjtierney) said on 11th November 2011, 17:35

        If it’s limited to race use only there’s the notion of teams not bothering with it altogether and optimising their cars for quali, where the lower gear ratio will mean better acceleration.

    • jw393 (@) said on 11th November 2011, 17:13

      It also has a negative impact on the slower teams, as they can’t open it as much as the downforce-intensive teams. Thereby expounding their problems!

      So yes, thoroughly agree. DRS in Quali is annoying, and I personally think it’s annoying all together. I was watching the BBC’s Classic f1 the other day – more than enough passing in each of those videos. Raikkonen and Hamilton seem to get the idea (even if they get it wrong) that if you want to pass someone, DO IT! Don’t moan about turbulence and ground effects.

      Personal thoughts, but I don’t believe I’m alone in the matter.

  5. TED BELL said on 11th November 2011, 17:51

    Watching P2 made me wonder what value if any Williams will get from Raikonen as a driver. Why in the world would he take on this less than great opportunity to drive the Williams?? Little chance they will be any thing better than they are now and those team at the tope will cetainly get better and the gap to mid/low level teams will only become worse.
    Only a fool would imagine his presence in the team will make a hill of beans difference. The ride won’t amount to anything but putting money into his pockets and the sponsors putting money into the Williams team pockets. Zero chance of winning any race anytime soon.

    • The Last Pope (@the-last-pope) said on 11th November 2011, 19:11

      I disagree. There is a good chance the Williams car in 2012 will be a lot better as they have said they know the problems with the 2011 car and how to fix them on the new car. The Longer the same regulations last the more closer the times between the front and back of the grid get. See how close in times the 2008 grid was in the last year of the old regs.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 12th November 2011, 9:37

        And one part of their problem has been the Cosworth engine’s apparent limited scope for an EBD solution; that won’t be there next year, even if it weren’t abolished, they’re having Renault engines next year.

        The other part I see is lack of reliability in their drive-train, but the change of engine, and another winter of testing should help them sort that better I would hope.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th November 2011, 10:06

        While Williams may know how to fix the 2012 car based on 2011 problems that could mean that they have sacrificed significant development opportunities this year that they should have been making. They may just be playing catch up next year.

  6. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 11th November 2011, 18:46

    Hamilton found two-tenths of a second over his closest rivals in the second and third sectors.

    Two things to point out & question,Did Lewis find two tenths per sector or both altogether? Interestingly,It says Hamilton not McLaren,which would mean Jenson as well.So its fully supports my & the BBC Commentators’ point about the middle & final sectors suiting Lewis’ driving style

    • Ragerod said on 12th November 2011, 1:23

      I think Button and Hamilton have taken different approaches with set-up as Lewis is considerably faster through the speed trap and it is a bigger factor in his sector times than those sections suiting his driving style.

  7. John H (@john-h) said on 11th November 2011, 19:09

    Do Toro Rosso ever try adding some more wing?

    They seem to always top the speed charts even in practice. Slap a gurney on the thing and see what happens!

  8. Jake (@jleigh) said on 11th November 2011, 22:59

    Just finished watching practice after a long day at uni. My first observation is the Lewis’ long run looks very strong compared to others this year. Button also looked strong so I expect Mclaren to go very well. As Jenson says, overtaking looked very difficult despite the DRS so hopefully, we will see all drivers going all out for their best times in Q3 as grid position will be crucial.

    I expect it will be the simple SoftSoftMedium strategy, but with overtaking difficult, and higher track temps at the beginning of the race, it might be interesting to see if a driver starting in the lower reaches of the top 10 will gamble on starting on the Mediums.

    Finally, Vettel looked slightly uncomfortable for me today, but I’m sure he will bounce back tomorrow. However, I personally would be surprised to see anyone other than Hamilton on Pole.

  9. Jake (@jleigh) said on 11th November 2011, 23:06

    Also Keith, are there no ultimate lap times, as I believe Lewis was going quicker when he locked up going into turn 10 (? after the 2nd straight).

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th November 2011, 10:04

    This straight line speed is working wonders for the guys in the STR6 at the moment, especially with these huge straights. They’re already in a position to overtake on the straight with that advantage, DRS just confirms it and allows them to move on to their next target much quicker.

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