2011 Hungarian Grand Prix analysis

2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Hungaroring, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Hungaroring, 2011

All the pit stop strategies, tyres used, lap times and more data from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Pit stops

Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton were among ten drivers who made the fateful switch to intermediate tyres late in the race.

Some were less badly disadvantaged than others, such as Nico Rosberg and Adrian Sutil, who were due for a pit stop around that time anyway. All of them came back in to change back within four laps.

Sebastian Vettel enjoyed the fastest pit stop of the race when he made his final visit on lap 41. Six of the 17 fastest pit stops were performed by Red Bull.

Ferrari did a particularly good job with Fernando Alonso’s stops – he had two of the seven quickest. Felipe Massa’s stops were generally slower – none of his pit stop times were within the top 30.

In total there were 85 pit stops during the race, a record, plus three drive-through penalties for Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado.

See here for all the drivers’ race strategies, what tyres they used, and how long their pit stops took:

Race progress

The race progress chart allows us to see the damage Hamilton’s late-race errors did to his race.

The two pits stops – the first to change to intermediates, the second to discard them – dropped him from first to fourth. The drive-through penalty cost him a further two places to Webber and Massa, both of which he recovered,

Lap one position change

Sutil and Perez both suffered poor starts, losing 12 and nine places respectively. They were among the drivers on the off-line, right-hand side of the grid, who generally made poorer starts than those on the racing line.

Hamilton held on to second, partly because Button stayed his hand against his team mate in their wheel-to-wheel dice. But Massa and Rosberg both lost ground.

Lap chart

Sebastien Buemi gained the most places in the race, rising from 23rd on the grid to finish eighth, less than a second behind Paul di Resta.

All lap times

Massa set the fastest lap of the race.

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    13 comments on “2011 Hungarian Grand Prix analysis”

    1. Wonder if Massa is just a couple inches less perfect placing his car for the pitstop. The drivers are the only variable in the pitstops, aren’t they? Same pit-stop crew for both drivers?

      1. Although, on the other hand, Alonso’s other two pitstops are very nearly the slowest of the race.

      2. I think Massa waited some hundreths of a second more than Alonso after the lollipop man lifted the lollipop. Maybe Singapore 2008 is still in his mind?

    2. The intermediate tyre switch was hardly fateful, merely meant he got 4th rather than 3rd

      The more crucial tyre stop in the race was the 3rd pitstop. McLaren & Ferrari put Lewis & Alonso on super-softs, while Button and Vettel went on sofs.

      That’s where Lewis lost the race.

      1. But as the track became wet, Lewis was actually faster than Button.

      2. The intermediate tyre switch was hardly fateful, merely meant he got 4th rather than 3rd

        You’re assuming he couldn’t have won on his original strategy, which is not a given.

        1. he couldn’t have. The super softs proved not to have lasted more than about 15 laps, there were still 28 laps to go or there abouts when he pitted for them

          If they had put Lewis on the softs instead of super-softs, the likelyhood is that he would have won the race

    3. Just strategy, strategy strategy

    4. As I was watching live timing it became very clear around the middle of the race that Lewis’s car was set up for damp conditions whereas JB used a dry setup. Lewis was devastatingly quick in sector-2 while the track was wet. Once it started drying out, and because of the extra downforce on the car, his tires could only last 10 laps effectively, whereas JB just kept on going for 16-17 laps. I noticed at one point, I think it was Lewis’s 3 stint, that Button was moving a bit faster around the track w/ the softs than Lewis was w/ the super-softs ! (which supposedly were up to 8/10s faster). So to me clearly McLaren had split the strategies to ensure one of their drivers was going to win the race. They surely have the fastest car in race trim now, no question about it.

    5. Alonso’s final stint was pretty epic.

      1. ferrari really dropped the ball here – alonso was so quick all day when he was in clear air. with the same strategy as button and vettel, he would have been right in the mix at the end. without his mistakes early on, he would have won (*should have won).

    6. There should have been a safety car when the Renault caught fire. The danger present was to both drivers and stewards. As a result a steward was injured (maybe that would of happened regardless) and there was nearly a crash as Vettel left the pits. At least the pit lane should of been closed, which in such conditions was another risk in itself. This precaution if acted upon could of changed the whole outcome.

    7. ‘Ferrari did a particularly good job with Fernando Alonso’s stops – he had two of the seven quickest. Felipe Massa’s stops were generally slower – none of his pit stop times were within the top 30.’

      seems like Ferrari only really care about Alonso nowadays. the evidence suggests it.

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