Archive for March, 2011

2011 Australian GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis on March 27, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel made a perfect start to his title defense, winning the Australian GP after dominating the entire weekend. The reigning world champion blitzed his rivals in qualifying and then carried that form into the race as well. With Mark Webber struggling to match his team mate, and Ferrari well off the leading pace, it was the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton that carried the fight to the German driver. But Vettel made a good start off the line, charged into the lead, and that was that. He was barely troubled in the race, and when the McLaren’s floor suffered damage in an off-track excursion in the last stint, Sebastian just cruised home with over 20 seconds to spare. Although Hamilton closed in on the Red Bull during the first stint, one suspects that Sebastian could’ve gone faster, but was controlling the pace.

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2011 Australian GP – Revised Race Results

Posted in Race Result on March 27, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

The Sauber drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi, who finished 7th and 8th respectively in the Australian GP have been excluded from the results due to a technical infringement. After the race, the stewards found the upper rear wing element on both cars to be in breach of technical rules 3.10.1 and 3.10.2.

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2011 Australian GP – Race Results

Posted in Race Result on March 27, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

The 2011 F1 season got off to a great start today with an exciting race in Melbourne. Sebastian Vettel picked up from where he had left off in 2010, and was untouchable as he romped away from the field to his first victory of the season. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton pushed hard but ultimately had to settle for second place. Vitaly Petrov silenced his critics with a scintillating drive to third, as the Renault team kicked off their season in style.

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2011 Australian GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result on March 26, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the Australian GP today with a crushing 1:23.529 lap that was well beyond anyone else, including his team mate Mark Webber. 8 tenths beyond in fact. What makes Sebastian’s lap even more impressive is that he wasn’t even using the KERS boost in the qualifying session whereas the McLaren and Ferrari drivers were literally standing on the button. Hamilton did extremely well to get second, after it looked like a Red Bull front row lockout for most of the session. Button lines up directly behind his team mate, underlining McLaren’s emphatic return to form.

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2011 Australian GP – Saturday Practice Results

Posted in Free Practice 3 Result on March 26, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel fired a clear warning shot to his rivals as he topped Saturday practice with a scorching lap of 1:24.507, almost 9 tenths faster than his team mate Mark Webber. The McLarens were right behind the Red Bull pair, but they were more than a second off the world champion’s pace. Ferrari were a bit off-colour, with Fernando only sixth, behind Petrov. But it still doesn’t show us the actual pace of the cars – Fernando can surely go faster, Rosberg and Schumacher should be in the top 8 by my reckoning.

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2011 Australian GP – Friday Practice 2 Results

Posted in Free Practice 2 Result on March 25, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

McLaren took their turn at the top of the timesheets this weekend with an impressive 1-2 in the second free practice session. The five championship contenders of 2010 lined up in the first five places at the end and were closely matched, covered by just o.429 seconds. The McLaren drivers were relieved to finally have a trouble-free day of testing the car after a tough winter. Jenson Button seems to be comfortable with the Pirelli tyres, more so than his team mate at the moment.

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2011 Australian GP – Friday Practice 1 Results

Posted in Free Practice 1 Result on March 25, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

The first free practice session of the 2011 F1 season got off to an eventful start, with Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok slamming into the wall without completing a single lap. Eventually the RB7 of local boy Mark Webber prevailed, with a 1:26.831 lap set at the end of the session. His team mate, the current world champion Sebastian Vettel was second quickest with 1:27.158. Considering that Red Bull doesn’t usually show its hand until Saturday practice, the RB7 looks like it will be the quickest car in Australia, by some margin as well. However, the race will have enough unknown factors coming into play to render qualifying positions almost useless.

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