Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Williams: Team records worst ever qualifying performance

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams’ dreadful season hit a new low in Abu Dhabi with the worst qualifying performance in the team’s history.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 23 24
Qualifying time comparison (None) No time
Race position 12 14
Laps 54/55 54/55
Pit stops 2 1

Williams 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
Rubens Barrichello 124.36 111.676 110.501 110.608 110.969 109.773 109.965 109.412 109.535 109.304 109.18 110.39 109.184 109.064 108.968 109.288 108.881 110.251 131.317 107.255 107.024 107.046 106.939 106.768 107.015 106.515 106.563 106.185 106.499 106.325 106.679 106.404 105.923 107.702 126.16 105.254 105.13 105.291 105.022 106.244 105.981 105.398 105.84 105.306 105.069 104.575 104.451 105.11 104.644 104.438 104.797 104.601 105.52 105.149
Pastor Maldonado 125.392 112.447 111.632 110.484 110.819 109.47 110.025 110.04 109.68 109.294 109.293 109.52 109.308 109.4 109.409 109.448 108.735 109.059 109.302 109.05 109.916 108.956 109.152 109.151 110.715 128.38 106.513 107.719 106.808 108.797 118.08 110.481 106.751 106.009 105.991 105.855 106.382 105.675 108.695 105.522 109.638 105.737 105.699 105.379 105.028 105.265 105.03 104.96 105.34 105.412 104.674 104.628 105.013 105.475

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Start tyre Medium
Pit stop 1 Soft 24.219s
Pit stop 2 Soft 20.534s

Barrichello had a weekend fraught with setbacks. An engine oil problem caused his engine to shut down in first practice before he had set a timed lap.

It got no better on Saturday as he suffered another oil leak and was unable to set a time in qualifying.

He started the race well on the medium compound tyres and was up to 17th by the end of lap one. While others who started on the same tyres made early pit stops to get rid of them, Barrichello stayed out until lap 18 before switching to softs.

The right-rear tyre was slow to go on at the stop, costing him around five seconds. That probably cost him a place to Sebastien Buemi, but the Toro Rosso retired on the next lap anyway.

Barrichello passed Vitaly Petrov on his way to finishing 12th, which has been par for the course for Williams in the second half of the season.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado

Start tyre Medium
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.201s

Maldonado qualified 17th but his engine change penalty demoted him to the back row along with his team mate.

He picked up a further two penalties during the race as the stewards decided he failed to observe blue flags telling him to let cars that were lapping him past. He had a drive-through penalty and was handed a 30-second time penalty after the race, though it made no different to his finishing position.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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