Barrichello was in the hunt for points until he made the mistake of switching to intermediates.
|Rubens Barrichello||Pastor Maldonado|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’23.075 (-0.772)||1’23.847|
Williams drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
It was the same old story of KERS problems for Barrichello in qualifying: “I couldn’t engage KERS in sector one of my last lap, and that compromised my time.
“I still had a pretty good lap, but I’m disappointed because we had a competitive run earlier on with the primes and so were thinking that 11th or 12th was possible on the option.”
Like Maldonado, he got into Q2 without using the super-soft tyre to preserve a fresh set for the race.
Barrichello was 11th and in the hunt for points when the rain came, but his switch to intermediates cost him any chance of finishing in the top ten.
“When it started to rain, I saw a big chance for us,” said Barrichello. “I saw Hamilton spin and I thought we could do something to have a chance to finish high in the points.
“But the rain only came out for a lap or so and so our stop for inters didn’t work. It’s a shame, but we don’t have the pace right now.”
Technical director Sam Michael felt the car showed greater potential at the Hungaroring: “Although the result doesn’t reflect it, our lap times from qualifying and the race this weekend show that the car is more competitive in dry conditions than it has been at previous rounds.
“We made too many mistakes today, however, and we will be reviewing our procedures to resolve those issues between now and Spa.”
Maldonado got through Q1 without using a set of super-soft tyres and then didn’t set a time in Q2 to ensure he had three fresh sets for the race.
But he forgot to press the pit lane speed limiter button at his first stop and was handed a drive-through penalty.
He also made a pit stop for intermediates later on, and ended the race two laps down in 16th.
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix
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