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 time comparison (Q1)||1’14.117 (-0.508)||1’14.625|
Williams drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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.
|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.
2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
- Sutil voted Driver of the Weekend for Brazil
- Vettel “definitely affected” by gearbox problem – Webber
- 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Gearbox glitch hands win to Webber
- McLaren: Button wanted to pass Alonso without using DRS
- Massa makes 100 Ferrari starts but no podium
- Ferrari: Alonso slips back on medium tyres
- Mercedes: Two-stop strategy leaves Rosberg vulnerable
- Force India: Sutil equals best result of the year
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