Barrichello’s oil leak was Williams’ fifth retirement due to a technical problem this year – and he had a KERS glitch in qualifying too.
|Rubens Barrichello||Pastor Maldonado|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’33.043 (+0.408)||1’32.635|
Williams drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Struggled in qualifying without KERS, but gained three places at the start. However he was demoted a place by Kamui Kobayashi on lap three.
But his race ended early with an engine problem: “The team came on the radio and called me in with an oil leak,” said Barrichello.
“I wanted to continue but the team said there was no way and that was the right decision.”
This was the team’s fifth retirement from a race with a technical problem this year, the most of any team on the grid (Lotus also have five).
Maldonado fell behind Barrichello at the start and was running 11th when he became the first driver to switch to medium tyres on lap 35.
He lost time on the harder tyres and wasn’t able to take back the three places lost during his final pit stop.
Maldonado said the race was “really tough”.
“We were quite competitive in the second stint on a new set of [soft] tyres but then when we went onto the [medium] tyres for the last stint we were losing time. Our pace wasn’t as good and we lost a few places.”
2011 German Grand Prix
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