Malaysia 2011: Rookie comparisons

Driver

Rubens Barrichello

Pastor Maldonado

Difference

Practice 1

1:40.581

1:40.443

0.138s

Practice 2

1:39.187

1:38.968

0.219s

Practice 3

1:38.681

1:38.597

0.084s

Q1 time

1:38.163

1:38.276

0.113s

Grid pos

15

18

3 places

Final pos

Ret

Ret

N/A

Fastest lap

1:45.516

1:45.689

0.173s

Avg pos

22.0

17.1

4.9

Comparisons are difficult with the struggles Williams have been having for race reliability, though they have looked strong in practice. Qualifying was a disaster for Maldonado, and the race was a disaster for everyone. The stock price of the team has completely dropped off. They’ll be hoping for better in China, but seeing as ‘better’ is ‘finishing a race’, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Driver

Adrian Sutil

Paul di Resta

Difference

Practice 1

1:40.734

N/A

N/A

Practice 2

1:39.809

1:39.625

0.184s

Practice 3

1:38.464

1:38.864

0.400s

Q1 time

1:37.693

1:38.045

0.352s

Grid pos

17

14

3 places

Final pos

11

10

1 place

Fastest lap

1:42.973

1:42.883

0.090s

Avg pos

11.3

15.1

3.8

Di Resta might have finished ahead, but I believe Sutil had the best race of the drivers after a forced front wing change put him in 23rd. He came all the way down the field to finish 11th. However, for the Scotsman it’s a good record and if he gets into the points in China then he will have managed a feat only Hamilton before him has done. To be fair, Hamilton managed this when there were only 8 point-finishing positions, and he did it for the first 9 races!

Driver

Kamui Kobayashi

Sergio Perez

Difference

Practice 1

1:40.872

1:41.642

0.770s

Practice 2

1:39.398

1:39.603

0.205s

Practice 3

1:38.059

1:38.448

0.389s

Q1 time

1:36.994

1:37.759

0.765s

Grid pos

10

16

6 places

Final pos

7

21

14 places

Fastest lap

1:42.095

1:43.298

0.203s

Avg pos

8.9

14.3

5.4

Perez wins the award for ‘strangest retirement’: Buemi’s car continued to lose things, and hit the Sauber. The electrics were damaged, and the fire extinguisher went off! Before that he had been running well. Meanwhile, Kobayashi was in good form and finished a revised 7th after Hamilton’s penalty. He was also doing well with overtaking in his usual way, even making a daring move on Schumacher and not worrying too much about the state of the track. Sauber have their stolen 5th place restored to them, though with 6 points instead of 16.

Driver

Timo Glock

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Difference

Practice 1

1:42.154

1:42.540

0.986s

Practice 2

1:40.866

N/A

N/A

Practice 3

1:41.414

1:41.215

0.199s

Q1 time

1:40.648

1:41.001

0.353s

Grid pos

21

22

1 place

Final pos

16

19

3 places

Fastest lap

1:45.357

1:45.346

0.011s

Avg pos

17.7

19.2

1.5

Custard/d’Ambrosio had been running reasonably well, though behind his teammate, until he crashed off the track. Glock finished the race a long way behind Kovalainen’s Lotus. The Virgins haven’t got the pace they need. Is it time to forget about CFD?

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