Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

2011 Indian Grand Prix result

2011 Indian Grand Prix

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Pos#DriverCarLapsGapDifferenceReason
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault60
24Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes608.4338.433
35Fernando AlonsoFerrari6024.30115.868
42Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault6025.5291.228
57Michael SchumacherMercedes6065.42139.892
68Nico RosbergMercedes6066.8511.430
73Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes6084.18317.332
819Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari591 lap1 lap
914Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes591 lap15.738
1017Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari591 lap2.590
1110Vitaly PetrovRenault591 lap0.877
129Bruno SennaRenault591 lap11.671
1315Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes591 lap3.945
1420Heikki KovalainenLotus-Renault582 laps1 lap
1511Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth582 laps14.962
1625Jerome D’AmbrosioVirgin-Cosworth573 laps1 lap
1722Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth573 laps0.586
1823Daniel RicciardoHRT-Cosworth573 laps31.836
1921Jarno TrulliLotus-Renault555 laps2 laps
Not classified
6Felipe MassaFerrari3228 laps23 lapsSuspension
18Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari2436 laps8 lapsEngine
12Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Cosworth1248 laps12 lapsGearbox
24Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth159 laps11 lapsAccident
16Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari060 laps1 lapAccident

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43 comments on “2011 Indian Grand Prix result”

  1. Great effort from Button but it wasn’t enough. Alonso still managed to get on the podium while Webber failed again. I don’t know what happened between Massa and Hamilton(I was doing something else) but it is shame both of them ruined.

    1. @Eggry I think it was marginal between Hamilton and Massa. You could probably blame Massa more, but only just.

      1. After failure of qualifying I wouldn’t like to blame Massa. Just sad. He tried a bit hard but I don’t think it’s bad thing. Actually I was happy to see his aggression.

  2. Argh, I’m disappointed Petrov couldn’t get Perez. He was within two-tenths of a second going into Turn 4, but Perez was faster across the back half.

    1. @Prisoner-Monkeys Yeah, that R31 was just nowhere near Perez today. Nowhere near enough speed down the straight.

      1. @andrewtanner – the straights weren’t the problem. The back half of the circuit was. Petrov was regularly within two-tenths of a second behind Perez at Turn 4, but then the difference was much closer to a full second through 10 and 11.

    2. Unsurprisingly, I’m quite pleased he didn’t!

      1. but you will be massively disappointed about Kobayashi not making it past the first corners!

  3. Great result for Karthikeyan and Sutil today, they did their teams and country (if applicable!) proud.

    Grand Slam for Vettel too. Bonus!

    1. Great race by Vettel!
      Good races by Karthikeyan and Kovalainen, who found themselves high up for a long time.

  4. What happened to Senna?

    1. He lost Kers early on and then I have no idea except he pitted very late

      1. He stayed out on the softs until the end. If he’d gone the same way as Petrov, he probably would have finished higher up the order.

    2. I’ve wondered that myself. We didn’t see much of his race but it looked clean, yet strategy looked weird with a stop at the very end and Petrov driving through the grass everywhere still ending up in front. Weird but maybe he was just kinda slow ..

      1. Weird but maybe he was just kinda slow

        It’s been a bit of a recurring theme of late. He was 15th in Singapore, after starting 15th, and while the car was horrendous around Marina Bay, Vitaly Petrov has been doing much more with it – Senna was 16th in Japan after qualifying 9th (Petrov started 10th and finished 9th); he was 13th in Korea after starting 15th (Petrov qualified 8th and was comfortably inside the top ten when he crashed); and now he started 14th in India and finished 12th (when Petrov went from 16th to 11th having shown pace that was good enough for the top ten in qualifying). And, of course, there was his mistake at the start in Belgium. In fact, the only truly good race Senna has had was at Monza, and even then, Petrov was getting more out of the car.

        I think Bruno Senna has piqued too soon.

        1. Generally he was doing quite well until the end though. He was running comfortably 9th, then I kind of zoned out and now see he finished 12th. Shame. I still think he has potential.

          1. Generally he was doing quite well until the end though.

            Except for the way his strategy fell apart. Sure, if we were only assessing drivers for 58 of the 60 laps, then Senna did fine – but he blew it on the strategy.

            I still think he has potential.

            Petrov is getting more out of the car on a more regular basis. Ever since Senna has climbed into the car, Petrov has out-qualified, out-raced and out-scored Senna more often than Senna has Petrov.

          2. Except for the way his strategy fell apart.

            Yeah, I just didn’t realise his strategy was able to fall apart- I thought he had that place essentially secured, which is why I was surprised to see him having dropped down.

          3. On the other hand its not his job to take care of the strategy during the race, he uis just supposed to tell his team how car and tyres are doing and they have to make the best strategy of it. Seems they could have done better but maybe it was simply the 50 laps without kers that cost him quite a bit of time. We’ll probably see more when Keith puts up the Renault eace analysis.

          4. he is just supposed to tell his team how car and tyres are doing and they have to make the best strategy of it.

            We have seen plenty of drivers make strategy calls in the past – remember Jenson Button pitting early in Australia last year, taking the intermediate tyres? He went on to win the race.

            Even if Senna’s strategy is decided for him, he needs to make it work.

          5. It is different in a dry race though. Button made that call based on the grip levels at the time. In this case the ideal strategy is the one that gets the driver to the end of the race quickest, and that isn’t something a driver can know, it’s for strategists to calculate. That Petrov beat him suggests somebody got it wrong or, as bananarama says, perhaps KERS did cost him a heap of time.

  5. Congrats to the podium occupants as they were all brilliant today.

    Michael and Heikki were both impressive too. I do hope Michael can finish ahead of Ros at the next two races and beat him in the standings.

    I actually was one of the few people on Twitter (at least in my timeline) who thought Massa was responsible for the crash however, I’m sick to death of the stewards. Cynically, I think that they’re willing to give penalties now the championship is over otherwise the best case scenario is they’re just not consistent. This was a racing incident that hurt the pair of them. The exact same thing happened with Lewis at Spa with Kobayashi (which I felt deserved a penalty because it was so violent and had been a repeat offence) and at Suzuka to name a couple but they didn’t get a penalty. I accepted it was a racing incident at the time because it was very hard to call but this wasn’t any worse and gets a penalty. I have no idea what the stewards are on- actually, no-one does because they fail to release the reasoning behind their actions which means it’s impossible to see whether they are being consistent or not. We just have to have faith in a body that’s attracted a lot of criticism over the years. What annoys me the most though is that penalties are then handed out with little information and the drivers have to oblige or they received a DSQ which couldn’t be any more totalitarian if it tried. There’s no chance or an appeal it’s just ” do as I say because I say so or you’re out”. They’ve been winding me up since Malaysia so this has just pushed me over the edge :P

    1. I’d really like to know the reasoning behind the decisions aswell. I guess Massa saw Hamilton and decided he can’t overtake into that corner so he’d either brake or crash and seemed to be fine with both. Hamilton looked like he realized aswell he wouldn’t get by there and tried to avoid it but then it all was done already. Afterall I agree it lookd like just a racing incident (Lewis just said the same in german tv too).

    2. @Steph I think the very least they can do is release their justification for the incident. They’re almost as bad as FIFA for playing their cards close to their chest. Consistency I guess is a little harder to implement, given how the panel of stewards is made up.

    3. I said it on live chat too, penalties are being given dependent upon which party got hurt more out of the incident and not upon who actually made the mistake.

      At Spa, Lewis did not get a penalty because a crash out of the race was deemed as a good enough penalty. Similarly, he got penalty for the Maldonado and Massa incidents in Monaco because the other driver was hurt.
      Here, Hamilton was the party that came worse off the incident and hence Massa got the penalty.

      That is the only consistency that stewards are showing to the viewing public.

    4. I think the problem is that the incident caused Hamilton to pit and lost him positions. I think Singapore where Hamilton hit Massa was fairly minor, but as it caused a puncture it was probably fair that he received a penalty. Massa hit Hamilton, even if it was simply a racing incident he was the one who caused it, and had both drivers been able to continue it probably would and should have gone unpunished. But Massa ruined Hamilton’s race. Why should Massa cause a crash and benefit from it (he wasn’t overtaken as he should have been)?

  6. Again another boring race! Worst season ever. Sky can have f1!

    1. Worst season ever

      that’s a first this season!

    2. Clearly you missed 2002, 2003 & 2004….

      1. Well I was obviously a bit melodramatic. But this season is turning into 02, 03 and 04!

        1. Why was 2003 boring? That was the first season I watched F1. Kimi was going guns. He only won one race but finished only 2 points behind Michael that year, who won 7. Kimi’s engine blew up a few times when he was well into the lead that year!!

          1. 2003 was a pretty good season on the whole – dodgy tyres rules change notwithstanding.

        2. I take back ’03 Oops…! I’d forgotten that, was that the first season of 8 pts for second?

          1. Yeap, and if I’m not mistaken, Kimi finished more than half the races in 2nd place.

  7. actually Massa was targeting the kerb there, Ham just blocking his way …racing incident in this respect.

    1. Considering Hamilton was 3/4 up Massa’s car, Massa knew Ham was there, so if he was targeting kerb.. it was a stupid decision and penalty given is justified..

  8. FIA can make an official review of the 2011 season by using only Hamilton and Massa alone. It will be a hit!

  9. I’m disappointed for Pastor Maldonado. He’s taking a lot of criticism for being a pay driver and for his little episode with Lewis Hamilton at Spa, but despite a shaky start, he’s regularly holding his own against Rubens Barrichello in the races, particularly on the circuits he has never seen before. He might not be a future race-winner, but I think he’s earned his place in Formula 1. So it’s been cruel to see his headway paralysed by unreliability in the last few Grands Prix.

    1. Its another race where he could have gotten points if not for technical problems (and Hamilton in Monaco).
      I really think he is doing fine, just the car is so unconsistent its hard to spot.

  10. themagicofspeed (@)
    30th October 2011, 12:03

    Absolutely disgusted at the stewards judgement on Massa. Hamilton went for a gap that was always going to disappear, and when he saw that Massa had turned in (which, being ahead, he was fully entitled to do), he made no attempt to avoid a collision, which makes it deliberate. Massa had the line into the corner, was still ahead and was entitled do defend his position and close the door, wether he saw Hamilton or not. It’s up to Hamilton to recognise that Massa was not going to give him the place on a plate, back out of it to avoid a collision and try again. He deliberately went straight on into Massa. IMO this should have been a black flag for hamilton for dangerous and unsportsmanlike driving. Whatever your views on it, Massa had every right to defend the place. Frankly, the stewards have proved that racing is no longer racing, if you’re not allowed to defend your place. Another example of Hamilton using his usual tactic of ramming drivers off the track if he can’t get past. That behaviour is unacceptable in karting let alone F1. Disgusting

  11. Very pleased for Sutil. He got the result needed when the pressure was on. He held off the charging Perez and Petrov. He’s good and gets the job done as always.

    The way I see it Force India can learn a lot from Renault and their dropping of Heidfeld who is still 10th in the points. So bring in “fresh” talent and lose consistency IMO.

    Lastly, if FI manages to stay ahead of the rest of the mid-field it is thanks to Adrian Sutil and his 11th place standing in the points.

  12. Force India needs a better strategist..

  13. Good job by Jaime Alguersuari again,tough luck for Sebastien Buemi.

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