Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 2011

Ferrari: Alonso slips back on medium tyres

2011 Brazilian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alonso captured third place from Jenson Button but had to surrender the position later on.

Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa
Qualifying position 5 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’12.591 (-0.477) 1’13.068
Race position 4 5
Laps 71/71 71/71
Pit stops 3 2

Ferrari 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 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
Fernando Alonso 85.195 78.988 78.835 78.839 79.032 78.82 78.51 78.458 78.678 78.439 78.542 78.745 78.531 78.656 78.38 82.074 91.993 77.897 77.899 78.26 77.93 77.923 77.762 78.013 78.003 77.789 77.339 77.812 77.904 78.043 77.815 77.647 77.96 77.761 81.167 91.156 77.019 76.981 77.081 76.792 76.924 77.296 77.475 77.036 76.735 76.951 76.854 77.346 76.838 77.69 77.32 77.458 77.422 81.191 91.438 76.797 77.027 77.742 76.873 76.603 76.877 78.083 76.621 76.977 76.181 76.193 76.745 77.972 77.862 76.257 77.06
Felipe Massa 86.525 79.668 79.033 79.505 78.86 78.861 78.78 78.63 78.728 78.679 78.849 79.28 78.972 78.994 78.899 78.704 78.847 78.985 78.925 79.405 83.942 93.729 78.268 78.298 78.649 78.842 78.312 78.307 78.344 78.169 77.976 77.891 78.37 77.642 77.756 78.175 77.84 77.907 78.65 78.088 78.257 78.794 78.129 78.407 81.349 92.157 77.747 77.77 78.069 77.8 78.216 78.043 77.526 77.288 77.485 77.318 77.55 77.471 77.756 77.734 77.709 77.589 77.396 77.271 77.693 78.008 77.768 79.575 77.998 77.782 78.258

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.773s
Pit stop 2 Soft 20.664s
Pit stop 3 Medium 20.752s

For the ninth time this year, Alonso took fifth place on the grid: “We got much closer to the McLarens than we could have expected,” he said.

The Ferraris were quicker early in the race on soft tyres and Alonso picked off Lewis Hamilton and the start before hounding Jenson Button.

He lined up on the outside of Button at Ferradura on lap 11 and claimed third place as the McLaren driver backed off to avoid some debris.

But when they came to use the harder tyres at the end of the race it was the usual story – Ferrari struggled and McLaren were much quicker. Button reclaimed third for Alonso with ease in the DRS zone.

“On the medium tyres, we no longer had the speed to fend him off,” said Alonso.

“I also had a problem with the DRS which would not activate: I was not fighting closely with other drivers, but it would certainly have helped me gain a few tenths while overtaking.”

With Webber winning, Alonso slumped to fourth in the points standings, but he wasn’t bothered: “Losing out on third in the drivers? championship is definitely not a big problem. First place is the only one that really counts.”

Fernando Alonso 2011 form guide

Felipe Massa

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.696s
Pit stop 2 Medium 21.053s

Massa had a scruffy qualifying session and had to make a second run in Q2, using up a set of soft tyres. He was beaten to sixth by Nico Rosberg.

Due to his tyre use in qualifying he was the only driver from the top three teams to run a two-stop strategy, and staying out late allowed him to lead a couple of laps before falling back.

His fifth place came under attack from Hamilton before the McLaren driver retired. But Stefano Domenicali reckoned Massa would have been able to keep the place:

“Felipe was forced to adopt a strategy which looked slower on paper, but he had a good race all the same and would have finished fifth on track even without having to wait for the retirement of the second McLaren.”

Felipe Massa 2011 form guide

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