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):
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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36 comments on “Williams: No points for Barrichello at home”

  1. Maldonado ran slightly more rear wing, but still his car was oversteering badly? Sounds like a really poor car-setup.

    1. No, just a really poor car, sadly something Williams have been really good at producing over the last few years

  2. Now that Williams worst ever season is over, I hope they either ship all of the the FW33 chassis they made off to some desert island never to be seen again, or preferebly set fire to all of them. This year has been cringeworthy at times. The back of the field is no place for a team of Williams stature to be…get a fresh piece of paper out and start again…and try harder this time!

    1. It was really too much, they seem to have been completely unable to do anything right this year.

      But with a fresh technical team, possibly a freshend up driver team it might be different next year. Lets hop so.

      1. That’s all we can do!

      2. Well with Patrick Head gone and Sam Michael they should hopefully be able to start a fresh and get back to their old selves. I read somewhere, I think in F1Racing that they want to get back to their old selves where they used to invent things that got banned like active suspension. It was funny as they were pretty much saying “to be fast, we must cheat”.

        1. No really cheat, remeber how many “inventions” were allowed for a season then got banned – mass dumper, DD, F-duct, EBD.

      3. @BasCB Certainly can’t be any worse next year!

    2. Sadly it’s been almost embarrassing to watch Williams this year, they have to get things right next year to retain any credibility as being a senior team

  3. I like how Massa let Rubinho unlap himself, that was a nice gesture.

    1. I think so as well.

      I will also admit to reacting angrily at the TV when Coulthard started criticizing it.

      1. I’m surprised to hear that Coulthard did so. That move had no impact on points or even Barrichello’s finishing position.

    2. Nice to hear! I thought Massa was struggling on his tyres. The two were very nice with the crowd!

  4. I read that headline as “there was no point in having Barrichello race in Brazil” there @keithcollantine!

  5. Can’t help but keep thinking Barri is better than this. It would be a shame to see him go.

    1. I’d love to see him go, in his long and fruitless career he raced for two WCC-winning teams. In 6 seasons where his team-mates became Champions (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009) he managed to come runner-up only twice. So the question arises – why should this man be in F1?

      1. Scoring the 8th most points in history and visiting the podium less times than only 4 other drivers.

        fruitless I think not!

        1. maybe it’s better to replace fruitless with laurelless.

          Scoring the 8th most points in history and visiting the podium less times than only 4 other drivers.

          Take into account that he is the driver with most races under his belt and the one who has driven the most races in a championship winning cars without winning any. So in this case the number of podiums doesn’t really mean excellence, it was the minimum he had to do in those conditions.
          My words are harsh but can you say they aren’t true?

          1. Let’s not forget however that many of those years were spent as a number 2 driver, who was supposed to help his teammate get it and not to try and win it himself. Especially when the team gives priority in car design and strategy to the other driver ( such as team orders having him move over to allow his teammate through).

          2. @klaas I seem to be agreeing with you a lot today. Barrichello is a great guy and a phenomenal ambassador for the sport. However, he hasn’t been the most exciting driver to watch and in most cases, has underachieved. He’s been in F1 for a while and I’d prefer to see some fresh talent in his seat next year.

          3. @thersquared Ok, at Ferrari he wasn’t allowed to win, but what about Brawn GP? Who impeded him to get the title then? There are many young drivers in midfield cars that I believe are capable of winning championships if given a competitive car. In Barrichello I see no hope, he had his chances but screwed them all.

          4. To his defense during the 2009 season, his Brawn had break problems during the first races, it used to overheat so he couldn’t use those external plates that were used to improve aerodynamics, then it was late to chase Jenson.

          5. @Klaas: So you mean that in Brawn he had the same treatment with J.Button? Are you serious mate?

      2. Also, that is a horrible way to think about any driver.

        1. I agree (with both your statements)

  6. Amazing to think by the time I started watching F1 in ’96 he’d already been there for 3 years. Makes me feel so old!

    1. I remember his debut…feeling VERY old!

      1. I remember his debut too. It makes me feel unbreakable!

  7. Return of Kimi is unlikely now, I think Barichello is not a bad choice.

    1. I’d like to see Rubens keep his seat too, but I feel it might end up with Sutil

  8. preferably i’d see sutil next to barrichello, even more preferably hulkenberg, but he’s most likely to stay at FI, isn’t he?

  9. It seems they were the only team who had a wet setup? It backfired to them.

    1. @wasiF1 You win some, you lose some.

  10. I remember last year Rubens was effusive about this years car as it would be the first car that he could get the team to tailor to his style. Hmm, better try something else hey Frank?

  11. A shame Barrichello couldn’t get in the points but I wasn’t expecting it either. I think he had a reasonably good finishing position, all things considered.

    Wish him all the best for the future.

  12. Barrichello? I’d love to see him retire in style next year. It’s no time for excuses just respect & admiration!

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