Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Interlagos, 2011

Williams: No points for Barrichello at home

2011 Brazilian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Barrichello donned an Ayrton Senna-style helmet for what could turn out to be his final race.

But after an excellent qualifying performance he bogged down badly at the start and finished out of the points.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 12 18
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’14.117 (-0.508) 1’14.625
Race position 14
Laps 70/71 26/71
Pit stops 3 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 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
Rubens Barrichello 92.956 81.352 81.131 80.783 80.402 80.13 79.968 80.108 80.197 80.455 80.122 80.163 80.282 80.211 80.652 85.446 94.62 79.362 79.466 79.47 79.24 79.865 79.076 78.974 78.885 78.881 78.866 78.991 79.217 79.004 79.449 79.209 79.491 84.115 95.868 78.794 78.801 78.838 78.663 78.684 80.459 78.797 79.342 79.18 78.609 78.821 78.663 78.254 78.498 78.565 78.768 78.963 84.236 93.701 77.056 77.281 77.158 77.202 77.1 76.895 77.116 77.098 76.854 77.261 77.605 77.297 77.824 77.219 77.263 76.684
Pastor Maldonado 93.311 81.715 81.104 80.688 80.156 80.571 80.191 80.06 80.091 80.428 80.511 80.424 80.417 80.355 81.345 80.829 84.676 94.573 80.02 80.043 79.951 79.99 80.01 80.145 79.909 79.706

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Interlagos, 2011
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Interlagos, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.537s
Pit stop 2 Medium 22.59s
Pit stop 3 Soft 21.638s

A fine effort in qualifying secured 12th on the grid for Barrichello. But he squandered it as he got away poorly, falling to 20th place:

“We thought it was going to rain today so we were running a long first gear,” he explained. “I started at the bottom of the hill, and as it was a dry start, I slipped back.”

The team switched him to a three-stop strategy in an effort to make up places. Finishing in the points was going to be a tall order even without the bad start, but from that point on he had no chance.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Medium 21.561s

Maldonado ran slightly more rear wing, anticipating wet weather, and was eliminated in Q1 for only the second time this year.

He spun into the barrier at Ferradura on lap 27, bringing an occasionally impressive rookie season to a disappointing end. “The car had too much oversteer and I just lost control of it,” he said.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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