Race suspension blunts Button’s charge

2011 Monaco GP analysis

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Would Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso have been able to pass Sebastian Vettel had the race not been suspended?

Take a look at all the data from the Monaco Grand Prix and judge for yourself.

Lap 1

Lap 1 position change

Neither Red Bull made a particularly good start but, owing to the short run to the first corner, damage was limited to Alonso taking third off Webber.

Michael Schumacher bogged down badly, nudged Lewis Hamilton at the first corner, then passed the McLaren at the hairpin.

Pit stops

Pit stops

The suspension and re-starting of the race with six laps to go gave everyone the chance to change tyres. This drastically changed the complexion of the race and effectively killed off the battle for the lead.

Sebastian Vettel was defending first place on a set of soft tyres that had done 56 laps when the race was stopped.

Whether he would have been able to fend off Alonso and Button for those final few laps remains one of those tantalising questions we’ll never know the answer to.

Tyre compounds

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Sebastian VettelSuper-softSoftSuper-soft
Jenson ButtonSuper-softSuper-softSuper-softSoftSoft
Mark WebberSuper-softSoftSoftSuper-soft
Fernando AlonsoSuper-softSoftSoftSuper-soft
Michael SchumacherSuper-softSuper-soft
Felipe MassaSuper-softSoft
Nico RosbergSuper-softSoftSoftSuper-softSuper-soft
Pastor MaldonadoSuper-softSoftSuper-softSoft
Lewis HamiltonSoftSuper-softSoftSuper-soft
Vitaly PetrovSuper-softSoft
Rubens BarrichelloSuper-softSoftSuper-softSuper-soft
Kamui KobayashiSoftSuper-softSuper-soft
Paul di RestaSuper-softSuper-softSoftSuper-soft
Adrian SutilSoftSuper-softSuper-soft
Nick HeidfeldSoftSuper-softSuper-softSuper-soft
Sebastien BuemiSoftSoftSuper-softSuper-soft
Heikki KovalainenSuper-softSoftSoftSuper-soft
Jarno TrulliSuper-softSuper-softSoftSuper-soft
Jaime AlguersuariSoftSoftSuper-soft
Timo GlockSuper-softSoft
Jerome d’AmbrosioSoftSuper-softSoftSoft
Narain KarthikeyanSuper-softSoftSuper-softSoft
Vitantonio LiuzziSoftSuper-softSuper-soft

Race progress

The struggling Mercedes played a big part in defining the shape of the race.

First Hamilton and then Rubens Barrichello were able to pass Schumacher. Then Nico Rosberg held up Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez and the recovering Hamilton.

That left a sizeable gap behind Vettel, Button, Alonso and Webber.

A similar scenario developed after the first safety car period, with Adrian Sutil dropping back and holding up Kamui Kobayashi, among others.

It was because of this that McLaren had clear air to drop Button into on fresh tyres in an attempt to attack Vettel.

This chart shows how far each driver was behind the leader (in seconds) on each lap (some gaps have been omitted to preserve the read-ability of the chart).


Sebastian Vettel00000000000000015.6564.1396.2887.5958.8999.78310.65810.60711.65413.18414.9614.69713.36613.65814.14113.79613.3580000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Jenson Button2.4493.2143.7324.364.6684.6314.4164.5714.2864.3584.1814.1763.4753.77521.05715.78100000000000000006.8879.9023.8814.4353.923.3064.0812.3330.8120.5480.6921.1920.9540.8320.8417.94419.90518.48516.49214.58612.88910.699.4197.5437.0115.7074.7863.4741.9780.7270.7660.680.6410.7470.6870.8991.8431.4751.7712.5661.442.2181.9682.152.1822.378
Mark Webber3.9555.5836.5997.1557.777.737.9418.7919.2410.05610.67911.35212.00513.46114.92642.47933.12636.83339.15141.51544.3846.80249.4352.83756.52960.10562.35163.75567.14670.773.04876.42970.344122.13485.69850.06217.24412.85715.69418.67221.99224.57326.16828.24930.3332.39234.9637.10738.53539.85740.74641.92943.17243.5363.50665.62264.90864.12764.1463.32162.85762.17861.04161.49163.5566.89264.38962.74782.61856.71728.66714.5449.86216.32918.91520.35423.13423.101
Fernando Alonso2.7234.0684.5175.386.2476.1936.2576.1966.2625.9665.6315.5314.9695.0895.10803.759.19710.82312.63313.85514.08113.71715.02116.14317.51217.03216.08716.65417.17416.79316.63.94433.74112.2987.4547.1616.2598.1938.1067.4377.6747.5917.1947.1396.8456.6246.2785.9035.1974.3113.2752.4681.7142.1481.0010.7790.4070.5040.8380.2810.3120.30.2530.2970.1740.3090.6380.8990.8490.7340.6480.51.4340.9520.9440.8581.138
Michael Schumacher8.56410.80813.01415.29317.39719.30321.08124.05626.52230.81733.79465.44468.38469.35869.05264.56250.58352.73854.65657.3862.26967.31369.30672.46976.05880.55683.60686.0788.79489.96890.38292.835
Felipe Massa5.7627.639.01110.4611.83513.09614.04515.78817.38919.40721.85624.59527.72231.74430.94624.76610.78613.58716.36619.43422.53625.20127.74831.12935.21658.5564.19164.97967.81271.28173.62276.824
Nico Rosberg5.1526.9788.4319.95311.42812.47613.59215.38316.96219.03821.53924.34827.58334.19857.46357.33543.90847.97752.09656.42762.04566.85568.63672.05975.7680.37183.25285.71390.59795.09899.206104.024118.584140.768128.497124.188121.04592.91295.34397.65799.907102.578104.332106.907109.425112.299113.833115.045116.052117.132118.319119.714139.577142.757143.023141.759141.643141.806143.113143.74144.799144.672144.822146.167149.705156.509169.037217.178255.887208.041162.106162.799163.352168.511
Pastor Maldonado6.9858.83610.50712.05513.3414.45515.32717.33818.54820.52922.86825.27128.34232.82132.70227.81914.19817.31621.22824.85128.532.10235.50841.43966.15972.10873.3373.78676.36679.49881.78684.17676.691123.55887.14751.92819.3814.33417.69920.70724.30327.2228.75330.47432.49434.05636.50438.85540.36242.05143.18544.60745.65965.20368.9168.3568.66768.52368.46768.43868.48767.76467.46967.26467.46170.64673.75777.2896.63863.94334.20616.88913.2
Lewis Hamilton9.26811.34413.66515.87217.81919.57521.23224.30426.74227.83428.15228.63329.23834.82837.20131.50617.09219.41422.13725.66429.45657.01163.18163.52663.33563.5364.4365.18568.08671.44873.8277.19675.464122.43786.02250.55117.6313.18816.55218.82422.39824.76938.95341.87343.02343.94745.42147.30469.53272.81172.24971.28871.22369.24369.52768.83568.89768.99869.03369.57369.50169.3169.64968.88868.22770.91673.99582.88298.41464.46935.12818.14513.28718.95319.18520.99424.35327.21
Vitaly Petrov8.11510.40512.37414.07815.71916.86518.18319.32820.06621.85123.78327.12629.02634.60836.41630.68616.28218.67721.9825.42229.23332.6736.11841.80447.59851.47453.78677.77183.37585.35786.1888.57481.749126.5588.36754.29522.42614.93419.31822.10826.78529.91230.86231.88733.76935.85938.50840.60342.2943.80245.35346.5547.72348.44949.30649.93750.6551.76152.75753.83555.22155.79256.64858.99163.16369.26873.429
Rubens Barrichello10.02512.65614.98417.37319.16221.01522.50525.28327.69831.24834.27835.99336.48337.59439.97834.82821.13324.27327.52930.87334.85237.8440.19343.92348.52252.32955.41357.71561.47364.83567.39389.93791.265131.637124.768120.31118.27789.34292.13594.23896.42298.916100.753102.535104.241106.046108.031111.014111.878112.873113.901115.075115.784116.375117.168117.445118.431119.622121.886123.233124.384125.343127.472130.153131.032132.164132.563167.6187.473153.862136.45496.659100.942102.804104.449107.029
Kamui Kobayashi11.63315.23818.28321.41224.09726.17928.21730.4932.08434.53736.69338.94240.4442.02242.77838.34824.98728.2231.43735.18738.92241.53943.57746.97151.15354.31256.65958.35562.02465.7668.28572.24961.5594.66771.46238.4312.71711.66715.32518.36821.63124.1525.78228.06930.02731.92334.2736.27537.78139.01640.01341.43342.29543.05443.88744.38545.3246.44947.70949.60651.99553.60455.27858.57859.73860.70760.75660.8980.10552.7824.36713.739.61216.16618.59319.96224.22326.916
Paul di Resta10.67813.27115.89118.15620.35822.223.8326.14728.49831.68334.72937.93838.61539.83140.77136.27623.11326.62530.10352.14358.37360.23963.79670.23773.76977.70194.4299.818104.86109.052112.942158.961207.913213.621170.687133.842127.56297.889101.206105.574110.756114.516117.182120.993126.171129.225132.847135.422136.612138.957139.9140.967141.656143.668147.166150.061151.462153.188154.927156.329161.709162.922163.978166.002167.735169.591178.003220.006258.066213.294167.504168.129168.321170.301
Adrian Sutil12.23815.77518.78722.3125.10227.66329.55331.97833.55435.69637.81140.09641.28643.18544.07139.49826.35129.91933.09136.55140.08243.08345.35848.68752.40456.32758.55960.42563.93567.23969.76273.36364.59193.92370.85337.13612.16511.14914.44217.71521.15523.64125.17227.48429.50631.37833.81735.80837.35138.46839.4840.68641.59542.343.1343.66244.63845.78847.19749.01351.65953.19254.89258.17762.94669.08173.34107.666135.048129.364130.12586.64788.13988.50190.48992.804
Nick Heidfeld13.16817.38820.68823.82526.62629.42731.50133.80136.09438.07239.59842.02143.05744.65845.45740.95127.88431.4934.65738.13741.64244.91948.42551.44854.5858.54560.22461.75965.70768.99971.43575.52184.398129.688122.259118.299116.13183.16584.79687.3489.85891.59593.02694.01594.74195.43796.45297.66100.632101.436101.607101.979102.617102.871103.299103.897105.967107.319109.534112.023113.515116.464116.926117.425117.718117.883117.034128.249160.946134.651132.4290.92894.20594.1495.29396.593
Sebastien Buemi13.87717.98621.23924.60127.2629.85632.24534.67336.91239.17940.78842.83544.15945.58746.45641.95129.01432.52735.77839.14542.47945.88548.79952.22555.50559.39261.62363.23166.81770.25772.67176.18985.801130.637123.313119.201117.43287.21189.79190.64191.82293.38494.51495.89296.88498.08999.142101.903103.107104.175104.896105.374105.667105.74106.533107.533108.401109.573110.982113.636115.093135.632140.319143.942149.027155.995164.166187.533194.895159.77139.06199.026101.909103.304105.256107.531
Heikki Kovalainen16.23520.56824.57127.78431.15633.83736.58939.46442.40545.06747.27749.34950.72852.70254.00250.22138.51543.70268.60176.04282.23785.14788.06196.415101.142106.282110.117111.802115.093118.768120.824125.327124.205143.067129.845126.063122.66194.1796.924103.582108.726113.209115.976118.848121.455126.348129.529132.413135.411138.964142.703164.711173.037173.888175.523177.582179.011180.708184.75190.378198.169202.487204.612207.124208.801210.772228.387264.271273.608224.236182.674186.178189.504194.335
Jarno Trulli14.55218.79222.63626.12829.22431.7434.06936.69839.18241.78844.05145.97547.40749.22350.20245.93134.64139.49643.93848.49853.28758.03262.69887.798.801103.453106.274108.209111.532115.16117.056120.736119.819139.578127.997123.549120.22791.97893.83596.11498.324100.94102.996105.773108.441130.082138.711142.051144.439146.452148.794153.547156.801163.071166.462170.761174.913179.563184.384190.038195.523202.106204.147206.752208.379210.174227.479262.326272.164221.409181.656185.437188.922193.896
Jaime Alguersuari15.77219.91923.36626.86530.05832.83635.28837.82440.20342.97645.47147.47648.86350.65251.43347.09135.33940.13444.65649.15354.01358.59363.1971.33574.79178.47383.02884.889106.974113.129114.559119.533118.205137.95126.68122.487119.57790.42292.52694.66696.9299.381101.211103.701105.259106.834108.743111.519112.919113.958114.828115.748116.861117.433118.423139.708144.815144.701144.238144.466145.339145.281145.396146.586151.064155.359
Timo Glock16.84221.37725.16128.67431.89534.9737.93741.50644.44447.46550.41253.41755.23657.67359.45155.84643.50347.63351.8656.15361.87685.82897.267102.284106.919111.123114.431117.423121.631125.106
Jerome dAmbrosio17.8923.16827.83932.11935.9539.35142.51446.19749.61953.13456.36159.31161.72464.93967.57264.45753.3958.48863.42469.49174.97480.56185.4492.634100.062106.112113.168118.852124.976130.687136.107142.632170.477186.793148.524128.304124.43895.01397.939105.383110.501114.312116.91120.769125.91128.979132.755137.228140.631144147.472152.116155.788159.55165.466170.299174.314178.938184.103189.628195.427205.361234.27244.123245.797254.201298.595342.628303.21263.309266.666269.525
Narain Karthikeyan19.02424.72530.06335.02239.34344.21648.77653.657.83262.68967.33371.4375.52782.23787.79386.99376.15483.16691.93398.166106.756112.65117.865130.392164.351177.276183.923187.844198.347204.386210.099231.335271.823278.49250.631244.462219.241188.347191.213195.753199.627204.771208.019211.524215.339220.161224.675228.985235.169242.198247.276255.236260.393268.165272.538277.291284.479295.56304.924312.692317.605327.605334.13339.768355.406383.014425.786401.907359.93364.446
Vitantonio Liuzzi20.18427.36333.5239.77445.18350.88755.71260.66365.98171.02375.33681.69588.47393.45497.43898.34190.936101.925108.662118.001129.493135.389140.78147.936154.206161.081169.494177.873183.663189.528195.279226.707239.763260.498248.553241.367213.562185.441189.19192.894196.635200.495204.794208.631212.192218.772223.267227.259230.514234.667240.037245.822251.149254.307260.101263.007267.513274.011277.723281.678285.33293.534296.701299.897304.722333.623357.114372.408309.686266.395269.746272.79

Lap chart

This chart shows the drivers’ positions on each lap.


Sebastian Vettel1111111111111111232222222222222221111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
Jenson Button2222222222222224311111111111111113222222222222223333333333333333333333333333333
Mark Webber3444444444444443141414141313121212111110999986666666666666666666666777777777775555555555544
Fernando Alonso4333333333333332123333333333333332333333333333332222222222222222222222222222222
Michael Schumacher59999999991010212121212120201919191818171717161614141414
Felipe Massa66666666666666554444444444911101010109
Nico Rosberg7555555555555571819191918181817171616161515151515151415151515151515151515151514141414141414141414141313131313131313131413121212121212111111
Pastor Maldonado8777777777777766555555555131313121212121188888888887777777777788888888888888666666
Lewis Hamilton910101010101010101099999877777713141312121211111111107777777777999999999999999999999999977777766666
Vitaly Petrov10888888888888887666666666544131313131299999999998888888888876666666666677
Rubens Barrichello111111111111111111111111101010988888877765544441312121212121212121212121212121212121212121212121212121212121111111111111010101010109999
Kamui Kobayashi121313131313131313131313121212111010101099888766555544555555555555555555555555555555544444444444455
Paul di Resta131212121212121212121212111111109999161616161414141717161616201818181818181818181818181817171616151515151515151515151515151515151514131313131313121212
Adrian Sutil1414141414141414141414141313131211111111101099987766665544444444444444444444444444444445668888887777
Nick Heidfeld151515151515151515151515141414131212121211111010109887777610101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010109999998888
Sebastien Buemi161616161616161616161616151515141313131312121111111010988887111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112121212131211111111111110101010
Heikki Kovalainen1719191919191919191919191818181717171721212120202020201919191919181616161616161616161616161615151515161618181818181818181818171717171716151515151515141414
Jarno Trulli1817171717171717171717171616161515151515141414131818181818181818171514141414141414141414141418181818181817171717171717171717161616161615141414141414131313
Jaime Alguersuari19181818181818181818181817171716161616161515151515151514141717171613131313131313131313131313131313131313131313131314141414141414141412
Timo Glock20202020202020202020202019191919181818171717212121212121202020
Jerome dAmbrosio21212121212121212121212120202020202121202020191919191920212121201917171717171717171717171717161617171717161616161616161616161818181818171616161616161515
Narain Karthikeyan222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222323232323232222202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020201918181818181817
Vitantonio Liuzzi23232323232323232323232323232323232323232323232323222222222222212119191919191919191919191919191919191919191919191919191919191919191919181717171717171616

Fastest laps

Mark Webber set the fastest lap for the fourth time this year, and did it on the last lap of the race.

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’16.23478
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’16.2670.03378
3Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’16.4630.22978
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’16.4710.23777
5Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’17.8471.61354
6Nick HeidfeldRenault1’17.8571.62377
7Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’18.3082.07476
8Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1’18.5842.35076
9Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari1’18.6082.37459
10Nico RosbergMercedes1’18.6992.46556
11Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’18.7242.49075
12Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1’18.8322.59877
13Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’18.8722.63877
14Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Cosworth1’18.9042.67062
15Michael SchumacherMercedes1’19.8013.56730
16Vitaly PetrovRenault1’20.0583.82457
17Felipe MassaFerrari1’20.2023.96816
18Heikki KovalainenLotus-Renault1’20.6784.44454
19Jarno TrulliLotus-Renault1’21.2775.04366
20Jerome d’AmbrosioVirgin-Cosworth1’21.3915.15775
21Vitantonio LiuzziHRT-Cosworth1’21.5665.33274
22Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1’22.1025.86830
23Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1’22.7316.49774
24Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari

All lap times

Looking at Vettel’s lap times between the two safety car periods, they seem very consistent and give little indication that he was about to start lapping so slowly he couldn’t have kept Alonso and Button behind.

But when the tyres do go off, they tend to do so very quickly, so it’s hard to be certain. Vettel may have been very fortunate, or he might have been robbed of the chance to score a famous win with an impressive feat of tyre preservation.

Either way it was an anti-climax, and one might reasonably ask why teams are allowed to change tyres during race suspensions.

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) on each lap (excluding lap 72 when the race was suspended).


Sebastian Vettel84.83980.26979.81179.48579.53779.75679.79579.38879.68879.55879.69679.73280.44680.04981.288102.03883.33680.2479.65579.50779.08379.70179.08379.26779.81580.22879.16678.87178.59879.1179.20778.73379.51386.283128.925121.496117.606115.21681.03680.20379.6679.24579.74779.27579.22479.31679.03979.19179.45679.31479.47179.39979.58779.82779.50879.96379.34579.21879.07179.04679.18979.62779.74779.32379.81179.48280.41179.77985.712129.529123.655125.40278.21578.53276.93976.55776.267
Jenson Button87.28881.03480.32980.11379.84579.71979.5879.54379.40379.6379.51979.72779.74580.34998.5781.10679.07278.09178.34878.20378.19978.82679.13478.2278.28578.45279.42980.20278.30678.62779.55279.17199.75889.298122.904122.05117.091114.60281.81178.45578.13978.98179.89179.77578.98679.19479.04796.29581.41777.89477.47877.49377.8977.62878.23778.08778.81377.91478.1577.73477.69378.37679.78679.23779.77279.58880.35179.99186.656129.161123.951124.27678.99378.28277.12176.58976.463
Mark Webber88.79481.89780.82780.04180.15279.71680.00680.23880.13780.37480.31980.40581.09981.50582.753113.93585.581.79880.66680.56781.06481.24881.76281.62781.97782.02881.67581.60681.69782.18181.982.55286.786138.07392.48985.8684.788110.82983.87383.18182.9881.82681.34281.35681.30581.37881.60781.33880.88480.63680.3680.58280.8380.18599.48482.07978.63178.43779.08478.22778.72578.94878.6179.77381.8782.82477.90878.137105.583103.62895.605120.7284.68281.11878.37879.33776.234
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Michael Schumacher93.40382.51382.01781.76481.64181.66281.57382.36382.15483.85382.673111.38283.38681.02380.98281.89280.87480.24680.26680.92783.08883.8781.12781.38381.87482.9582.47982.66681.0379.80179.96681.624
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Lewis Hamilton94.10782.34582.13281.69281.48481.51281.45282.4682.12680.6580.01480.21381.05185.63983.66180.68780.43980.41381.07181.7381.991106.38185.30478.56578.09478.64780.32980.95781.20781.98981.92482.54791.139133.25692.5186.02584.685110.77484.482.47583.23481.61693.93182.19580.37480.2480.51381.074101.68482.59378.90978.43879.52277.84779.79279.27179.40779.31979.10679.58679.11779.43680.08678.56279.1582.17183.4988.666101.24495.58494.314120.54483.88178.76478.74879.91679.124
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    62 comments on “Race suspension blunts Button’s charge”

    1. During the wet race which was red-flagged in Korea last year, Mercedes changed the setup of their cars completely on the grid – in that case, everyone was stoked because it looked like making the race a lot more exciting, as opposed to the Red Bull procession it was expected to become. Plaudits for Brawn being clever and thinking on his feet, and the rules for allowing this sneaky race-improving idea possible.

      Fast forward to today, and we all hate it.

      Same rule, different situations, different results.

      Button deserved that win today, though – good strategy calls, blinding pace, only to have his team-mate bring out a safety car for no good reason and make his life difficult.

      One McLaren driver had every right to be fuming after the race and slating one of his fellow drivers, but it wasn’t the one mouthing off to camera…

      1. Seems your forgetting about alonso. He deserved the win just as much as Button.

        1. I found it interesting that after the race, Alonso said, with respect to the red flag and changing tyres something like: without that it would certainly have been third for Vettel – but not a win for himself. I think he wasn’t all that certain he could have held Button (but had been looking forward to the fight).

          1. Alonso also said he would maximalise the degradation of Vettel’s tyres to his own advantage, and try to pass him on the last lap. It could have been almost as epic as Suzuka 2005. If he would succeed… He said he would try it because he had nothing to lose, or much less than Vettel.

            Whether it was just a word game afterwards or real intent we’ll never know.

            1. I’d love it if he did actually say “maximalise”

        2. I’m not forgetting about Alonso at all. I just think Button, of the 3 drivers, did the best job on the day – he was consistently fastest, pulled out a massive gap, and had it not been for bad luck, he would have won it with ease. Alonso did well, but he wasn’t second on merit.

          1. So he was handed out the 2nd position? and how exactly?

            1. Burny ekkelstone
              30th May 2011, 19:34

              duh!! The safety car mate!

              The safety car gave him second place.
              (1) He was never on the same pace as vettel/button.
              (2) If safety car had not interrupted, both vettel and alonso wud have pitted for the REDs, where effectively the ‘bull’ wud have kicked more dust into the horse and zoomed off.
              (3) But the ‘arrow’ could still have overtaken the ‘bull’

      2. I think it would be reasonable to not allow any changes to cars, including tyres, except for a possible change between the extreme compounds- e.g. wet to intermediate, dry to wet etc. That way in the event of a simple crash like yesterday the racing can resume from where it was before. I felt robbed of a thrilling conclusion when Vettel essentially got a free pitstop.

        1. I agree, the korea gp was different because there was different weather between qualifying and the race and it had barely started. Monaco only had 8 laps of proper racing at the end which was more like a glorified parade. Frankly they should have just called the race when they red flagged it.

          1. But then you’re essentially arguing “We want a rule that states you’re allowed to do whatever you want on the grid to the cars but only if the punters have decided that it would make for a more exciting race.”

            Talk about artificial rulings!

            1. Sure, in this case it would make it more exciting, but I think it would just makes sense to not allow tyre changes anyway.

        2. Repairs on the car should be banned too: if Hamilton had a broken rear wing he would have lost places/retired, but the red flag helped him a lot.

          1. I think that would probably be fair. Even if it isn’t his fault, if he sustains damage during the normal race distance (before any countback if that were to occur) it should not be allowed to be repaired at any point, probably even in the evnt of a sudden and destructive downpour.

          2. I think a good compromise would be to allow the car to go to the pits and be repaired, and then roll out after all the cars on the grid have passed on the restart (parc ferme on the grid, but not in the pits). This could be the same rule for changing the tyres, except as stated to change from wets to inters etc. It could create an interesting racing further down the grid, with some cars electing taking the free pit stop and going to the back. But there is a problem, how you get the cars into the pits?

    2. Keith – great work

      Can you do me a favor though and try and explain how Kobayashi and Sutil ended up in 4th and 5th after the safety car? I couldn’t and still can’t work it out, despite having the live timing, bbc, star sports and your live blog open at the same time!

      All I can think of is that the safety car must have picked up Webber and Hamilton and allowed Kob and Sut to race around at race speed and get to the pits well before Hamilton and Webber got back round.

      1. Look at the lap chart, that’s the best way to see it. They were both steadily working their way up as drivers ahead of them pitted early in the race. They had basically already made it up that far before the SC, so when most drivers pitted under the SC, they held those positions.

        1. but thats what i don’t understand.

          Neither Hamilton or Webber pitted under the safety car. When it came out, Webber was no more than 2 seconds behind Kobayashi, yet, Kobayashi was able to stop, change tires and get out ahead of Webber??


          1. Kobayashi made only one stop mate. Webber made multiple stops. The problem is when you stop you may feed back into traffic.
            After Webbers first stop, he dropped back to 14th place by this time Kobayashi was running 9th or so. kobayashi then went on to do many more laps and found some clear air to run at a consistent pace.
            Sutil did the same. In Monaco, track position is king.

            1. yes, i get that.

              Webber made 2 stops, same as Hamilton (excluding drive thru). However neither stop was made at the safety car period for Massa.

              Before the safety car came out Webber is 2 seconds behind Kobayashi (according to the above charts). After the safety car he was still behind, despite the fact Kobayashi made his pit stop during this period when Webber stayed out. HOW? How do you do a pitstop in less than 2 seconds?? :)

          2. Once the safety car comes out the drivers have a set delta time they have to drive to, which is much slower than a flying lap. I aasume KOB and SUT were close to the pits and ducked in, while WEB etc., were driving slower to the Delta.

    3. F1-flabmatics
      30th May 2011, 0:36

      One of jensons best drives completely outclassing vettel and 3 people comment on it versus 600+ on a joke made by hamilton. F1 fanatics for sure lol

      1. lol I think that has more to do with the fact that the Hamilton article has been up all day where as Keith only posted this about 30 mins ago

      2. Perhaps, Button out classed the field. But who gets glory for dribbling the entire field, then scoring an own goal.

      3. I don’t see why people think Button had such a good race. He didn’t make any mistake, but did Alonso do that? No. Did Vettel do that? No.
        They all drove a brilliant race, but I don’t see why Button was better then the others I just don’t.

    4. As Button said, Fernando was prepared to attack Vettel. He had 6 more clear chances at St Devote.

      We could’ve seen a brilliant fight for the lead. Up to that point of the race, I didn’t care if Vettel won or not. I wanted to see what Alonso had in mind, and how Button could gain from the situation.

      I also wonder why Mclaren fitted super-soft tyres on Button’s car instead of Softs in his second stop.

      1. I’m not convinced Alonso would have risked enough to get past even an ailing Vettel. But I was hoping Button could time a clever pass, when they we reaching back-markers say.

        One thing I didn’t get was why McLaren didn’t stick Button on softs for the third stint and maybe try running to the end.

      2. As for the super softs, same reason Red Bull were going to put Vettel on another set of reds at that stop.
        Only with the confusion they messed up and put him onto yellows, enabling this one stopper (well almost, see red flag)!

        Call that luck, after first a bit of help in Q3. Vettel did a very good job of making that work it seemed. Really a shame about the red flag allowing them to change to new tyres.

    5. I have to say, this pretty well ruined the race for me. Everything leading up to the red flag was exciting and action packed. Then, park the cars during the red flag, change tires, fix damage, make adjustments which just resulted in a procession for the final six laps.

      Alonso and Button deserved the opportunity to fight Vettel for the win, and they were robbed of that chance. Why didn’t they just call the race at the red flag like the announcers thought they were going to? What did we gain from having them run the six remaining laps – in my opinion, absolutely nothing.

      1. “Alonso and Button deserved the opportunity to fight Vettel for the win, and they were robbed of that chance. Why didn’t they just call the race at the red flag like the announcers thought they were going to?”

        I think you’re contradicting yourself there! By restarting the race, they gave Alonso and Button a chance that they certainly wouldn’t have done had they not restarted. Less of a chance than before the red, certainly, but in those 6 laps anything could have happened, Vettel could have hit a barrier…

    6. We forgetting that Vettel did 56 laps on those soft tyres. That is a huge feat by itself!!!!!!!

      1. +1 Everyone’s got so tired of him winning pole and the races, it’s hiding the fact he’s becoming quietly very impressive. I’d have liked to see the top 3 battle to the end, but even so Vettel’s improving all the time. Much as I sympathize with Hamilton’s frustation at Monaco, Vettel’s lead is well deserved and Hamilton has never shown the same deadly consistency. It’s an awesome achievement of concentration.

        1. +1, good point David BR

        2. Atanu (@ilovevettel)
          30th May 2011, 7:37

          Excellent point David… Thats an remarkable achievement with this year’s Pirelli tyres.

      2. Could not agree more. People over-look that. He managed to defend in Barcelona.

        Vettel was never looking at anything less than a podium and 1st spot was well deserved in my opinion.

        By the very nature of consistency it is the lack of disparity in performance that turns people off. For me, that’s one of the most exciting things about the sport. That level of dominance will always impress me.

    7. Great analysis Keith.
      On paper, Button was going to win the race. But what ?!!!! 3 stops!!! Who stops 3 times at Monaco without having an accident.
      Mclaren or Button made the wrong call. I was just laughing in my head when Brundle was calling him a genius for stating the obvious, when he could see that the cars ahead didn’t stop for tyres.
      Even in Bacelona, having a faster car doesn’t guarantee you an overtake. Then you want to overtake while racing inside a straw?

      Mclaren keeps bring upgrades to the cars while their pitwall keeps makind a downgrade.
      Mclaren didn’t want this win. Their focus is being a clothing company.

    8. Had Button come back directely behind Vettel, with his fresh tyres, then perhaps he had a chance. But bringing him behind Alonso also? Come on.
      HRT is maybe 7 seconds slower on race pace, even while on worn tyres, if they don’t give way, you can’t lap them. Then you want Button to overtake Alonso, in real life?!!!

    9. People seriously need to take a closer look at their own perception of Vettel.
      Here he is – driving on tyres that are more than 50+ laps old and defending against two very highly rated World Champions and still people think Button drove outstandingly and Vettel was lucky?
      Mind you, Button is considered to be the king of tyre preservation and Vettel is trumping him at his own game. Not only this lad the quickest driver, he is also the one taking most care of his tyres. Kudos to him! He will have deserved the title which he is going to win in 2-3 races.

      1. And I would be thrilled for him if he does do that. I will always respect anyone who deserves a WDC and this lad certainly does.

      2. To be honest I don’t see it such an achievement when you realise that he was doing this preservation by losing 2-2,5 seconds per lap to Button and Alonso at one stage of the race. That’s something to be done only in Monaco this year (with DRS), when you can effectively block cars behind you. See that when Button is engaging his preservation skills, it don’t affect his tempo as much as Vettels. And Jenson’s yesterdays drive was stunning, one of the best of his career imo, he deserved the chance to take it.

        1. His tyre preservation hasn’t been a one-off case lecho.

          He did one pit-stop less than Webber in each of the first 3 races. He did only a precautionary stop in Turkey too. If you rewind back to 2010, he was the driver who did an entire race on soft tyres and pitted only on last lap, he also gained 2 places by doing that. In current F1, tt is rare that a driver gains positions by staying out on worn tyres but Vettel did it.
          The media does not choose to highlight this aspect of Vettel’s driving concentrating only on his poles and amateur wheel-to-wheel racing.

        2. “he was doing this preservation by losing 2-2,5 seconds per lap to Button and Alonso at one stage of the race. That’s something to be done only in Monaco this year (with DRS), when you can effectively block cars behind you.”

          And this was the situation they were in! Why shouldn’t he drive that way? If he’d driven like that at, say, Turkey, then criticism of his tactic would be completely justified. Running your race according to the characteristics of the circuit is hardly something you can begrudge a driver.

    10. Easy to say Button would this and Alonso would that with aftermath in hands. What stopped them to overtake Vettel before the red flag then? They waited for Vettel to make mistake or DNF from him, other than that they wouldn’t do anything.

      1. Yes, but it is the fight we missed – had Vettel been able to hold his lead with his 60 lap old tyres, after a fight for over 10 laps at the end, that would have been much better than the 5 laps of qualy run we got. With the new tyres, he certainly had it much easier.

      2. Perhaps they were told to wait a couple of laps as their teams were predicting Vettel’s tyres were about to ‘go over the cliff’

      3. People have short memories, Button was told via the radio that Vettels tyres would fall of the cliff i.e wait you’ll have your chance. That was either the lap before the red flag or the lap of the red flag. Personally I think barring a mistake or easy overtake Alonso was going to do it on the last lap. The last two laps before the stoppage Alonso had a couple of sniffs, looking very much like it was only a matter of time.

    11. Why was Alonso not penalised for cutting the chicane when all four wheel went off the track as he defended to Button ???

      1. Somehow the chicane cutting only counts if you do it trying to overtake, not when defending. I guess that’s because it is much harder to know if you would have lost the position than to see that you gained a position while going off track. It’s another effective way to make overtaking harder in F1, for me.

    12. It must have been a boring suspension for Sutil, he was the only one who didn’t take new tyres!

      Petrov seemed to be doing well with his tyres but I guess we will never know whether or not he planned on a pit-stop. He most certainly would have changed had he not brought out the red-flag himself.

      I’ve said it before but i’ll say it again. I couldn’t see Alonso getting past Vettel. I believe Button catching Alonso put him under more pressure to defend, allowing Vettel a bit of breathing space. Alonso seemed a bit sloppy just before the red-flag, he was losing grip. Howver, the more exciting thing is that we will now never know and it makes for a wonderful ‘what if’ moment for years to come!

      1. Sutil’s right rear came off in the big crash and he pitted right away for a new set. There probably was more pressing work to be done on the car than changing 2-lap old tires which had only seen action under the yellows.

    13. What really disturbed me concerning the suspension was that Vettel and the Red Bull effectively made one big and one smaller mistake during the race – and still they got away with it.

      The big was that they didn’t call him in during the first SC, the small was the quite long first pit stop.

      Compare this to Monaco 2010. Alonso made a slight error, losing the rear for a moment on the bump towards Massenet (on FP3!) – and that tiny mistake cost him the championship in hindsight! He had such a good setup on his car back then for Monaco – like Lewis had yesterday, similar outcomes.

      So overall while I acknowledge Vettel’s feats you have mentioned above (e. g. tyre preservation), I feel that this win is somewhat.. unjust. Or at least needed a major slice of luck.

      And I don’t like it when luck plays this big part.

    14. They have to look at the whole safety car situation… how safety car deployment interacts with other rules.

      There have been too many cases where a driver/team making perfectly correct and advantageous tactical decisions have found themselves worse off as a result of a safety car.

      Deployment of the safety car should have a neutral effect on the race. It should neither give advantage too nor disadvantage a driver/team.

      This tyre change situation is simply the latest loophole exposed… the whole piquet-gate situation was another… closing the pitlane was another…

      Instead of waiting and fixing safety car related loopholes they should have a wholeseale review of the rules in relation to possible effects of safety car deploymnet.

    15. box this lap
      30th May 2011, 12:04

      Button was really really quick in that McLaren, and Vettel! so long on those tyres. Nice to see this all.

    16. I have to agree with the general consensus. Hamilton needs to shut his mouth and let his driving talk. he also needs to take more responsibility for making his own decisions. he’s no Rookie now and should be telling the team what he wants to do.

      I also agree with the race being red flagged and being allowed to change tyres. What a stupid idea and robbed us completely if an exciting finish to the race. Rule should be changed so that tyre changes can only be allowed if a wet race is declared and Inters or Full Wets are being fitted.

    17. Although I can understand people’s frustration at being denied a 3-way fight in the final laps, I think the negative backlash is more a result of the fact that the result was a continuation of Vettel’s domination, rather than the bare facts.
      Vettel was indeed lucky with the timing of the red flag, but the rules are the same for everyone. They all had new tyres on after the restart; he was able to pull away because his car is the fastest. If it’s unjust that the fastest car wins, then I don’t see the point of motorsport!
      He also had a good slice of bad luck – a botched first pit stop that lost him track position which was no fault of his own, but which he fought back from, perhaps knowing that if there’s anywhere you can hold off faster cars on worn tyres at, it’s Monaco. He and the strategy team used their heads.
      He also managed to avoid a multi-car pile-up in front of him. He could have run into Alguersari or one of the others, but he didn’t.
      Had it been Button who had been in front, having done a long stint on tyres that were not expected to last that length of time and holding off the faster Alonso and Vettel, people would probably be praising him for his tyre preservation skills, his ability to keep calm under pressure. If we consider Vettel’s victory in this light, it was fully deserved.

    18. Conspiracy theory of the race: Perhaps Petrov was instructed to request removal, subsequent red flag, to clinch the race for Renault powered Vettel, and protect from the faster Ferrari and McClaren.

    19. I disagree with the title regarding Button’s charge being “halted” due to the red flag. Button’s charge was halted by Vettel not the red flag.
      Button was within one second of the lead for the 15 laps before the red flag. Did he look like he could make a pass to get ahead of Alonso / Vettel? No. No reason to believe that the last 6 laps would have been any different. Button lost the chance to win when he decided to pit.

      I don’t get the talk that Vettel’s tyres would fall off the cliff in the last 6 laps. I think they had already fallen off the cliff, he was lapping 2-2.5 seconds slower than Button. But he decided to stay on-track and try defending. Wise move considering the track was Monaco.
      Bottom-line: Vettel trumped Button at his own game – opportunistic strategy, tyre preservation.

      1. I disagree with the title regarding Button’s charge being “halted” due to the red flag.

        The word “halted” does not appear in the title.

        1. ohh! my bad.
          Either ways, Vettel had everything under control on a slow car.

      2. he was lapping 2-2.5 seconds slower than Button.

        That is not off a cliff, Mclaren were expecting the tyres to be undrivable in the last 6 laps, 6+ seconds slower, I guess we’ll never know, which is a shame. I personal thing Alonso would of won on the last lap.

        1. personally think*

    20. A bit late to comment but…

      I’ve just rewatched the race. What an epic. Button was absolutely magnificent. It was going to be his win, in my eyes, even after the first SC period robbed him of his 14 second lead.

      What a shame! You saw his face on the podium. He knew exactly what had happened to him.

      Was this the drive of his life (so far)?

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