Nov 13

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race report

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One race  report

Yas Marina Circuit - Abu DhabiToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina Circuit.



Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race results






1 Hamilton McLaren


1h 37:11.886

2 Alonso Ferrari


+ 0:08.457

3 Button McLaren


+ 0:25.881

4 Webber Red Bull


+ 0:35.784

5 Massa Ferrari


+ 0:50.578

6 Rosberg Mercedes


+ 0:52.317

7 Schumacher Mercedes


+ 1:15.964

8 Sutil Force India


+ 1:17.122

9 Di Resta Force India


+ 1:41.087

10 Kobayashi Sauber


+ 1 Lap

11 Perez Sauber


+ 1 Lap

12 Barrichello Williams


+ 1 Lap

13 Petrov Renault


+ 1 Lap

14 Maldonado Williams


+ 1 Lap

15 Alguersuari Toro Rosso


+ 1 Lap

16 Senna Renault


+ 1 Lap

17 Kovalainen Lotus


+ 1 Lap

18 Trulli Lotus


+ 2 Laps

19 Glock Virgin


+ 2 Laps

20 Liuzzi HRT


+ 2 Laps

Ricciardo HRT



Buemi Toro Rosso



D’Ambrosio Virgin



Vettel Red Bull



Fastest Lap: Webber (Red Bull) 1:42.612 (Lap 51)


Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 4th

“On the second pit stop, we fitted the option tyre again to try and cut the race down to something different; it was certainly worth a bit of a punt. The two DRS zones are tricky here; in the first one it was easy to get the move done, but in the second one you couldn’t, so if I passed Jenson there, he could just get you back again. I think it was a bit of a gimmick today the DRS, it was difficult to make the move stick and harder to get the move done, as I say in Turn 11. I had a pretty good pace on Jenson anyway at the end of the first stint, he went one lap shorter than us which was no problem, but then we had a bad first pit stop, so we lost a lot of time with that. It put us on the back foot. I got the car back onto the leaders, but we were out of position by then.”

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 1st

“On the exit of the first corner, everything seemed fine and then turning into the second corner I could feel that something was odd on the rear right. I had to catch the car surprisingly and then the second time, I couldn’t do it anymore, as I’d lost too much air in the rear right tyre. I had a puncture and spun off. When I got back to the pits, the resulting suspension damage meant we couldn’t carry on. There wasn’t anything we could have done better really this weekend; we just need to look at what had caused the puncture. I had a good start and I was very happy with the car up until that point. To lose the race there, so early on, it hurts for sure. There wasn’t much we could do, so after that I took the opportunity to learn a little bit on the pit wall.”


“After such a great qualifying yesterday, it was a really frustrating race. Sebastian made a perfect start and had a clear lead into the first corner and then an instantaneous loss of pressure in the tyre made him a complete passenger. The resulting suspension damage from that meant there was no alternative but to retire the car today. For Mark, he was in a close scrap with Jenson. On the first pit stop we had a wheel nut issue and thereafter it dropped him behind Felipe Massa, so at that point we opted for a different strategic route and a three stop race, which was the only opportunity to take on and beat Massa and to have a go at Jenson. Unfortunately there just weren’t enough laps to pull out a big enough gap, but it was worth a go and Mark drove well. Fourth was ultimately the best we could achieve today. So, at a track that’s been so good to us for the last two years, it’s frustrating to have our first DNF of the year due to a tyre issue. Congratulations to Lewis on a strong drive today.”


“A disappointing day. It’s a shame that we finished the race with Seb out of Turn 1 already with a puncture. Looking at Mark’s race, I think it was pretty solid. We decided to swap to a three stop strategy to undercut Massa and it worked pretty well. It’s the first time that we are not on the podium this year and we’ll come back stronger in Brazil.”

source: redbullracing.com


“Victory is good for the soul”

Yas Marina Circuit, Sunday November 13


  • MP4-26A-03
  • Started: 2nd
  • Finished: 1st
  • Fastest lap: 1m43.461s (+0.849s, 3rd)
  • Pitstops: Two: laps 16 and 40 (Op-Op-Pr)
  • 2011 points: 227 (5th)

“This result is just fantastic. I’m usually my own biggest critic – I’m always hard on myself when I make mistakes – but I really felt like I maximised everything today. To be able to sustain that kind of pace, under constant pressure, and not make mistakes, is really satisfying.

“For most of the race I was concentrating on managing the gap to Fernando [Alonso]. He’s such a strong driver. He’ll never give you an inch, in fact. Into the closing laps I found myself beginning to think about victory, but I didn’t want to do that really so I kept saying to myself: ‘Don’t even go there!’

“It worked: I stopped my mind from wandering and I didn’t allow myself to think about the win until I’d crossed the line.

“To have Jenson on the podium alongside me was great – great for me, great for him, great for the team, and a great boost as we move towards the end of the season. The team has been fantastic all weekend – the strategy, the pitstops, everything – really top-class. The whole package came together today and I owe everyone a big thank-you.

“This is so uplifting – for the team and for me. To be able to walk away with a smile feels just fantastic: victory is good for the soul.”


  • MP4-26A-04
  • Started: 3rd
  • Finished: 3rd
  • Fastest lap: 1m43.154s (+0.542s, 2nd)
  • Pitstops: Two: laps 16 and 36 (Op-Op-Pr)
  • 2011 points: 255 (2nd)

“It was a difficult race for me, as I had a KERS Hybrid issue, which is admittedly very rare for us. After about 15 laps it stopped working – and that doesn’t just affect your power out of the corners, it affects engine braking too.

“Fortunately, my engineer came over the radio and told me they’d found a way to make it work again – but it meant pushing lots of buttons on the steering wheel every couple of laps because it only returned intermittently. So I’d arrive at a corner and not know whether I had any engine braking because I had no warning. So selecting the right spot at which to brake was tough.

“Still, as I say, it’s extremely rare for us to encounter a problem with our KERS Hybrid. Mercedes-Benz has done a great job this year, and in fact I’d say theirs is the best and most reliable unit in the pitlane: a fantastic system, in fact. So as I say it was a rare issue – and, although the problem made for a tricky drive for me, it also made it even more satisfying to manage to keep it together and end up on the podium.

“Last of all, I want to say: ‘Fair play to Lewis.’ He did a great job today. It’s very positive to move towards the end of the season on a high, because it’s the best possible way to build for the new season.”

MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Lewis drove an utterly faultless race today, taking the lead at the second corner and controlling the gap back to Fernando with consummate skill over the remaining 54 laps. To put it simply, he was brilliant today.

“Jenson, too, drove a truly excellent race, managing KERS Hybrid problems throughout, and emerging with a hard-won third place and 15 valuable world championship points to consolidate his second position in the drivers’ world championship.

“While I’m on the subject of KERS Hybrid, it’s worth paying tribute to the excellence of our Mercedes-Benz system. It’s been fantastically reliable all season, and has delivered considerable performance benefits too; today’s hiccup was therefore extremely rare. So I want to say a big “Bravo!” to all the guys at Brixworth [Northamptonshire, UK], where Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines is based, for a job very well done all year.

“Returning to the subject of today’s race, it’s always a great feeling to see two Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers on the podium together, and today I’m particularly delighted for Lewis, but also for Jenson, and of course for the entire team too.

“It was Lewis’s 17th career grand prix victory, all of them scored for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, his third of the season, and the sixth time this year we’ve had occasion to pull on our famous Vodafone rocket-red victory T-shirts.

“But 2011 isn’t done and dusted yet – from here we’ll travel to Brazil, and the famous Interlagos circuit, over whose majestic twists and turns Lewis and Jenson will be trying their damnedest to score Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ seventh victory of the year.

“Bring it on!”

source: mclaren.com

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro











+ 8.457







+ 50.578





Weather: air 28/26°C, track 35/30 °C. Clear skies. Chassis: Alonso 291, Massa 290

Twenty eight points for Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, thanks to a second place for Fernando Alonso and a fifth for Felipe Massa. This is the team’s tenth podium of the season, all courtesy of Fernando and it is also the first for both the Scuderia and the Spaniard in this race. Both drivers ran a similar strategy, based on two stops, with the Soft tyres used in the first two stints and the Medium in the third. After the penultimate round of the 2011 Championship, Fernando is still in the fight for second place in the Drivers’ championship (+12 on Webber, -10 off Button) while Felipe needs a single point to be sure of sixth place.

Stefano Domenicali: “We knew a podium was possible and that was confirmed this evening when, thanks to yet another extraordinary drive from Fernando, we were in the fight for the win right up until the final part of the race. The Spaniard’s first lap was exceptional, as was his race pace after that. Felipe also got off to a very good start, in contention for a podium place, but then, on the Medium tyres, he struggled and was unable to run at a pace good enough to stay ahead of Webber. Finally getting a driver onto the podium in this race is indeed cause for satisfaction. Now there’s one race to go, in two weeks time in Brazil. Second place in the Drivers’ championship is still up for grabs. That will be hard to achieve but it is definitely not impossible and we will do all we can to give Fernando the tools to achieve this. Interlagos is also an important weekend for Felipe, whom I am sure will want to give his always enthusiastic fans something to cheer about.”

Fernando Alonso: “I am pleased with this result: finally my podium trophy collection is complete! I have seventy three top three finishes and I have managed to stand on the podium of all the circuits that have been on the Formula 1 calendar over the past ten years. Next year, we go to Austin and the year after to Russia, so there will always be new challenges to tackle and objectives to reach even if, obviously, the main one is always to win the title. It’s clear what will be the objective for me and all the team next year: winning the title. Today we were fighting for the win all the way to the end. We got a good start and could match Hamilton’s pace. The first pit stop went well, while I lost a couple of seconds at the second one, what with traffic on my in-lap and a problem changing the front left wheel, but I don’t think that’s where we lost the race, because I am convinced that, in the end, it’s the quickest car that wins and so it was. The opening lap was exciting: at the start I squeezed round the outside of Webber at the first corner because I knew there was more grip there then, once I saw Vettel was off, I got into Button’s slipstream, taking a bit of a risk but, in the end, I managed to pass him too. After that I expected to struggle more, but today was one of those where the car went much better than expected and you are kept busier fighting with those ahead of you than in looking in your mirrors. I hoped right to the end I could do it, because maybe Hamilton might also have had some problems with KERS like Button did. Even if we have not fought for the title it has still been a good season: we have improved a lot as a team and learned a lot.”

Felipe Massa: “I cannot be happy with this fifth place. Things were going reasonably well while I was on the Softs, but with the Mediums I was really struggling to keep the car on track because of the lack of grip. That’s why I ended up spinning on lap 49, losing any remaining hope of staying ahead of Webber. In the first stint I could fight with Button and the Australian, but I always had the thought in my mind that, in the final stint, I’d be in trouble. The fact I could not use the new front wing was more of a penalty when running the Medium tyres than the Softs, because with the harder compound you could feel the lack of downforce more. Now we go to Brazil where I will have the support of my home crowd: I am sure that will help me try and finish well this season that has definitely not been a positive one for me. Even if it’s obvious, I want to state clearly that, despite everything, I am absolutely motivated for next year. Along with the team, I will work to have a more competitive car and then you will see everything will be different.”

Pat Fry: “A nice result thanks to Fernando driving an attacking race from start to finish, after producing a fantastic first lap. The pace on the Soft tyres was what it should have been, so we were always close to Hamilton. In the second stint of the race, Fernando got a bit caught up in backmarker traffic and lost at least a couple of precious seconds, but then, even if we had made a perfect pit stop (we lost around a second and a half at the second one) we would not have managed to get him out on track ahead of the McLaren man. Right from Friday, we realised our pace on the Mediums was not as good as that of our closest competitors, so after that we could not attack. From a strategic point of view, we tried to exploit our better tyre degradation but, unlike what happened in India in our duel with Webber, here, the move did not work out. Felipe drove a good first part of the race, but then he struggled more than his team-mate with our difficulty on the harder compound. In any case it would have been hard to stay ahead of Webber, but his spin robbed him of any remaining opportunity. Now we have three days of very important testing, the only ones we have between now and February: it presents a great opportunity to try out new ideas, to resolve some problems we still have and above all, to give a talented youngster like Jules Bianchi some more experience.”

source: Ferrari.com

Mercedez GP Petronas

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher made up one place on their grid positions in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to finish in sixth and seventh places respectively at the end of the 55-lap race at the Yas Marina Circuit.

  • After an entertaining battle between the pair on the first lap, Nico emerged ahead in P6 by the start of lap two
  • Nico and Michael both followed a two-stop option/option/prime tyre strategy today
  • Nico stopped on laps 17 and 48, with Michael coming into the pits on laps 16 and 42

Drivers Car No. Chassis No. Race Result / Fastest Lap

  • Nico Rosberg 8 MGP W02 / 07 P6 1:43.993
  • Michael Schumacher 7 MGP W02 / 09 P7 1:44.916
  • Weather Hot
  • Temperatures Air: 25-26°C Track: 28-31°C

Nico Rosberg

“It was an interesting race for me today. The start didn’t work out very well as I tried to overtake Felipe but suddenly there was no space left. Michael was able to overtake me, and we had a fun battle before I took the place back. From then, I was able to handle my tyre situation very well. I stayed out a bit longer before the second stop as there was some grip left, and it was better to stay out with the softer tyres. With the prime tyres, I had some understeer which made it impossible to overtake Felipe towards the end. Thanks to my engineering team who did a brilliant job here and I was quite happy with my car all weekend. Our pit stop guys were also great again, and that’s why we achieved a good result today. It makes me look forward to Brazil and hopefully we can achieve another good result there.”

Michael Schumacher

“A reasonable race today and some reasonable points I would say. Considering that we did not manage to find the perfect balance yesterday, we managed to get the maximum out of our situation today. But then, I did lose some small parts of the car which cost us some balance, and towards the end I had a slow puncture, which is why I had to park my car at turn two. The tyres gave up rather early in the first stint but that was due to our tyre strategy yesterday when we wanted to save a fresh set for the race. I therefore had quite used tyres for the start. We now have to look into the data and make sure we are well prepared for the last race of the season which we want to finish as well as possible.”

Ross Brawn

“A very lively first lap between our drivers today which was highly entertaining. We’ve often said that they are free to race as long as they keep it sensible, and it was good to see today. Nico had the stronger pace this evening, and his lap times during the race were quite encouraging. Our performance today reminds us of the little bit that we have to close down to become truly competitive, but it is within reach. Both Nico and Michael drove extremely well, and with good pit stops and a sound strategy, we achieved possibly the best results that we can at the moment.”

Norbert Haug

“Sixth and seventh places for Nico and Michael are the best possible results with our current technical package, and our team has now finished in the top six rankings for the fifth time in the last seven races. These positions are certainly not our ultimate target but during the building-up time of our team, it is nevertheless positive to get the best possible results. A big thank you to the organisers of the spectacular race here in Abu Dhabi which creates a great atmosphere and fantastic television images. In this ‘home’ race for our team, we have achieved the results that we are currently capable of, and we want to come back next year with a quicker car and a better performance for our partner and co-owner Aabar. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and McLaren Mercedes for their victory today, which is the 71st Grand Prix win for McLaren Mercedes since 1997. Compliments also to everybody at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines for having six Mercedes-powered cars between P1 and P9 today.”

source: mercedes-gp.com

Carry That Weight – Abu Dhabi GP, Sunday 13 November 2011

Race day at the Yas Marina Circuit resulted in a disappointing performance from LRGP. Vitaly finished in P13 with Bruno three places below in P16.

• Vitaly started on the soft tyre before stopping on laps 18 (medium) and 38 (soft)

• Bruno came into the pits to exchange the medium tyre for soft on lap one, before stopping again on lap 36 (soft); he also completed a drive through penalty on lap 20.

• Vitaly suffered from DRS problems early on in the race, which affected his chance to cut through the middle order; Bruno endured a KERS failure, which prevented him from gaining more places too.

Bruno Senna, P16, R31-04

“Let’s be honest here – there’s not a crumb of comfort to take from that performance. We suffered from a KERS failure, drive through penalty and a car which was not on the money at this particular track. Put those together and you see why I finished where I did. There was lots of lost time to make up and, strategically, we took a gamble that didn’t pay off. I certainly think that overall this weekend my pace was as good as it could have been. Maybe for Brazil we will have a better baseline, and let’s hope we have a better race weekend.”

Vitaly Petrov, P13, R31-06

“It was quite a frustrating afternoon because my DRS was not working. We thought we could have a good fight with the cars in front, but we were pretty helpless, so we decided to change the strategy. When I first stopped, we put fresh medium tyres on but unfortunately these did not last long enough so we returned to the pits on lap 38 to change to the soft. Unfortunately that ended up being too slow. The pace was not good enough to score points and that’s the reality.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal and Managing Director

“That was not what we were looking for today. We knew that this weekend would not be our finest of the season; the trend of slower tracks not clicking with the R31 has repeated itself over the past three days. We had differing strategies today, but neither one was fruitful. Also, our reliability problems did not help. The boys have put in a big effort this week to try and give us something to smile about at this fantastic venue. Unfortunately it was not to be and it will be all eyes to Brazil to try and finish the season on a high.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director

“A disappointing day for us with neither car scoring any points. We had a few problems with Vitaly’s car early on with the DRS failing, so we knew we wouldn’t be able to overtake anyone. This led us to try a one stop race but the hard tyre didn’t last long enough so we had to stop for the soft. Bruno had a problem with his KERS which really cost him, and put him back around half a second each lap. There’s no real positives to take from today.”

Ricardo Penteado, LRGP Engine Support Leader, Renault Sport F1

“We introduced new engine units for both Bruno and Vitaly this weekend, which is a positive at this point in the year. Even though Abu Dhabi is a relatively undemanding track for the engine, with a low open throttle time, we had hoped this would give us an advantage in the very competitive midfield. We just missed out on the top ten in qualifying and on this track, where overtaking can be quite hard, it was then difficult to make up places. We hope that the low mileage on these two units will help in Brazil, where an extra few horsepower could make a difference with the lower power output caused by high altitude.”

source: lotusrenaultgp.com

AT&T Williams Abu Dhabi GP Race

The team complete the Abu Dhabi weekend on a positive note with the performance of its FW33s showing an improvement in the penultimate Grand Prix of the season. Rubens Barrichello started today’s 55 lap race from the back of the grid in P24, the consequence of a ten place penalty incurred for a post-qualifying engine change. The combination of a determined drive and considered calls from the pit wall propelled Rubens up the field to finish in 12th place. Also starting from the back row, Pastor Maldonado made good progress despite a drive through penalty to conclude the race in P14. Overall, AT&T Williams’ drivers made up a combined 21 places in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:

Rubens started from the back and raced on a two stop, soft-biased strategy starting on the medium tyre. Pastor completed a one stop strategy, also starting on the medium tyre. Both drivers made strong progress through the field and by lap 13 Rubens and Pastor were P14 and P15, respectively. Rubens lost a bit of time on his first stop with a slow rear tyre change but continued to push hard to the end of the race finishing a credible 12th – almost catching Perez at the end for 11th. Pastor was given a drive through penalty for a blue flag infringement and a subsequent 30 second end-of-race penalty for another infringement finishing 14th.

Rubens Barrichello:

It was a very good race, and a well considered one by the team. We started from the back but I fought all the way through and we almost ended up fighting for points. We did well to finish where we did today.

Pastor Maldonado:

Our pace was a bit slow at the beginning of the race but improved when we switched onto the soft tyre. Unfortunately, my drive through penalty cost us a lot of time and potentially a better result. Our overall pace was better than it has been recently and I was happy with the car today.

Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado demonstrated speed and tenacity to come home in 12th and 14th places in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The AT&T Williams drivers made up a total of 21 places during the race. Here, Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan gives his thoughts on the weekend.

AT&T Williams Abu Dhabi GP Review

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:

Q: How would you sum up AT&T Williams’ race weekend in Abu Dhabi?

MG: We had a difficult Friday and Saturday with two engine issues on Rubens’ car, one of which severely limited our P3 programme and prevented Rubens from taking part in qualifying. As a result of using their 9th engines in Abu Dhabi, both Rubens and Pastor started at the back of the grid on Sunday, but showed excellent spirit and resolve to fight their way through the field and finish P12 and P14 respectively.

Q: Rubens wasn’t able to complete a lap during qualifying. What was the cause of his problems?

MG: As mentioned, we suffered a second engine issue with Rubens in third practice due to an engine oil level problem. We changed all of the ancillaries outside of the engine to try and rectify the problem prior to qualifying but on fire up it became evident that the issue was an internal engine problem and we therefore had to break the FIA seal. Cosworth fixed the problem after qualifying and we resealed the engine, taking the penalty.

Q: How did Pirelli’s medium and soft compound tyres fare in the race?

MG: The soft tyre was better in terms of pace, with the lap time difference between the two compounds being approximately one second in favour of the soft tyre. There was, however, little difference in terms of wear profiles between the two, allowing some teams to run one-stop strategies.

Q: You tried different strategies with Pastor on a one-stop and Rubens on a two-stop, what were the benefits of each?

MG: We started both cars on the medium compound because they were out of position and we wanted to get the slower tyre out of the way early on, allowing both drivers to then use the soft tyre once they had passed the slower cars. We then decided to split the strategies based on each driver’s position and our analysis of other teams’ performances on the soft tyre.

Q: How marginal was the one-stop strategy for Pastor?

MG: Ultimately there was little difference in overall lap time between a one-stop and two-stop strategy, however the former gave Pastor the benefit of track position at the stop, which was advantageous.

Q: How would you sum up the relative performances of Rubens and Pastor this weekend?

MG: Both drivers had very similar pace this weekend and continued to show a good, consistent race pace but we know that we simply need to make the car’s base performance much better for 2012.

Q: The team is staying in Abu Dhabi this week for the Young Driver test. Can you explain the programme that the team is running?

MG: Yes, we have a full programme for the three days, with our current test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas driving on the first two days and Formula Two champion Mirko Bortolotti on the final day. We will be evaluating both young drivers in addition to performing Pirelli’s tyre test programme.

Q: The Brazilian Grand Prix comes next, and it’s also the final Grand Prix of the year. What are your hopes for Interlagos?

MG: Personally, Interlagos is one of my favourite tracks of the season and as a team we are aiming to finish this year with a good reliable weekend before the winter break, so that means having a strong qualifying session and giving a solid race performance with both cars.

source: attwilliams.com

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race Report – 13 November

Both Sahara Force Indias finished in the points today as Adrian Sutil raced to an excellent eighth position just ahead of teammate Paul Di Resta in ninth, securing six valuable championship points for the team.

P8 Adrian Sutil, VJM04/04

Tyre strategy: Used soft, new soft, new medium

Adrian: “Today’s result is great for the team and just what we needed. Initially we were planning to do a one-stop race, but the team took the decision to switch to a two-stop strategy because the soft tyre did not last as long as we thought it would. So it was a good call by the team to make the change. I spent a lot of the race fighting with Schumacher and managed to get ahead of him for the middle stint. But I probably went one lap too long in the middle stint and he got ahead of me when we were both on the medium tyre at the end of the race. I was close behind him, but we had similar pace and I couldn’t get back ahead. Still, we came here to pick up points with both cars, and that’s what we’ve done. It puts us in a very strong position for the final race.”

P9 Paul Di Resta, VJM04/02

Tyre strategy: New medium, new soft

Paul: “I think as a team we can be pleased to have come away with a double points finish having run different strategies with both cars. With hindsight my one-stop race was not the optimum strategy, but we felt it was worth a try. As it turned out the performance of the medium was not great to begin with so the first 30 laps were quite hard work. I had a good fight with Buemi in the early laps and I think we were quite lucky that he retired, which made my race a bit easier. When I switched to the softs the speed of the car was very strong. To do a one-stop race and come away with two points is as much as we could really hope for. It’s what we need for our fight in the championship and hopefully we can arrive in Brazil and carry on where we left off.”

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director

“We came here determined to deliver a strong result and we’ve come away with six important points to consolidate our sixth place in the constructors’ championship. Both drivers drove faultless races, splitting the strategies and covering all the options. So I’m very pleased with our performance as a team, which puts us in a much stronger position with 15 points advantage over our nearest competitor. I feel confident that we can go to Brazil to finish the job and confirm our sixth place in the championship.”

source: forceindiaf1.com

Abu Dhabi GP – Race – Sunday, 13.11.2011

Weather: dry, 26-25°C air, 31-28°C track

Both Sauber F1 Team drivers drove strong races at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for which, in the end, one point was the reward. Kamui Kobayashi, who started 16th, came tenth at the penultimate round of the 2011 FIA World Championship, and today this was enough to defend the team’s seventh position in the constructors’ ranking. Sergio Pérez, who had qualified 11th, could not get the most out of his grid position because of a first lap incident, which forced him to pit early. By coming 11th in the twilight race Pérez just missed scoring.

Kamui Kobayashi: 10th

  • Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 01 / Ferrari 056)
  • Start on soft tyres, after 5 and 33 laps change to soft tyres

“I am happy to having scored a point today, I have had a pretty long period without scoring and for me it was important to put an end to this. I had a really good start and was able to make up five positions on lap one. Actually the performance of the tyres during and after the start was better than expected. I started on the medium compound as I was only 16th on the grid, and this is obviously a situation in which you have to take chances. But we knew it would be a difficult first stint, and it was not really clear how long those tyres would last. They dropped off after a few laps and then I lost three positions before I pitted after lap five for soft tyres. I think overall it was a good race by us.”

Sergio Pérez: 11th

  • Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 03 / Ferrari 056)
  • Start on soft tyres, after 2 laps change to medium tyres, after 27 laps change to soft tyres

“I had higher hopes for the race today. It is a shame what happened on lap one. There was a queue into turn seven and I couldn’t avoid hitting Adrian Sutil’s car. It wasn’t immediately clear how big the damage was, but then the team told me my front wing was broken and I had to pit after lap two. We then decided to go for the medium compound when we did the nose change. On my third stint, again on soft tyres, I was driving in tenth for a while, but then I struggled with the tyres and also for the last 12 laps my KERS wasn’t working.”

Peter Sauber, Team Principal:

“Both drivers showed a lot of fighting spirit and set very good lap times for most of the race. It was good to score a point today, but we didn’t achieve the maximum we could. Sergio’s race was hampered by his early pit stop to replace the front wing, and for Kamui the team didn’t handle his second stop perfectly. However, our race pace was encouraging today.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:

“The early part of the race wasn’t easy for us because Sergio made contact with a Force India and had to pit after two laps because the pylon at the front wing was broken. As a result of the early stop we had to change the strategy. Our plan was to do two stints on soft tyres and the final one on medium, but under the circumstances we fitted the medium at the first pit stop. This worked okay. Sergio was able to get back in the points, but he then suffered a KERS problem and let Kamui by. With Kamui we were a bit too optimistic at the beginning of the race. He was on the medium compound. Once we realised that he was struggling to find grip we decided on an earlier stop than we had planned. This was good tyre-wise, but put him in a lot of traffic. However, he drove a good race, overtaking aggressively, and he finally scored a well deserved point, which is good for the morale of the whole team.”

source: sauber-motorsport.com


Jaime Alguersuari (STR6-02) Pos. 15th

“I am very disappointed with the outcome of this weekend, because we had opted for a strategy in terms of aerodynamics that appeared to be the best in terms of ease of overtaking in the race. However, after the first four or five laps, I seemed to pick up some tyre degradation and I was losing the rear end. Then came the key moment in my race, when there was a mistake in the pit stop, which cost me a lot of time and dropped me down the order, from which I could not recover. Today, P10 was possible, because I had a good pace on the new Options, even if I am not sure that we could have caught the Force Indias. I am sure Brazil will suit us better, so I am looking forward to that and the chance for all of us to do a better job.”

Sebastien Buemi (STR6-03) Retired

“I had to retire because of a loss of fluid from the hydraulic system, which I first felt through the lack of power steering, as this is what makes the most demand on the hydraulics. After that, I could not change gear so there was nothing to do but bring the car into the pits and retire. It is such a shame, because I was having a good race up to that point. Just before it happened, I had passed Di Resta in the Force India and was hoping to start fighting Schumacher and Sutil, which means that a finish somewhere between seventh and ninth should have been possible tonight. Now we have just one more opportunity to try and score some more points, so I can’t wait to get to Brazil to try and end the season with a good result.”

Franz Tost

“This was a night of missed opportunities. As we had expected, we were not as competitive in qualifying here as we had been in India, but felt we would show better in the race. In the early stages, this proved to be the case, with Sebastien running as high as seventh at one point. However, he had to bring the car into the pits and retire with an hydraulic failure caused by a leak from the system. Jaime was running a couple of places behind his team-mate, but there was a mistake at his first pit stop, which cost him a lot of time and therefore he dropped down the order. From then on, he drove well, putting in some competitive lap times, but the points positions were no longer within his sights. With Sauber scoring one point today, our battle with them for seventh in the championship must now go down to the wire in Brazil at a track that should suit our car characteristics better than this one.”

source: tororosso.com

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Team Lotus Information Distance from Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo (approx.) 11,592 kms
Time spent at full throttle on RS27 engine between T7 & T8 14 seconds
Approx. number of AirAsia crew at work in the air on a typical day
across total route network
Weather Dry Min / max air temp: 25˚ / 27˚
Min / max track temp: 28˚ / / / / 35˚
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03
1632: Car leaves for grid
Start on soft tyres
Lap 17: Pitstop 1 (soft tyres)
Lap 43: Pitstop 2 (medium tyres)
Finished 18th
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
1631: Car leaves for grid
Start on soft tyres
Lap 16: Pitstop 1 (soft tyres)
Lap 39: Pitstop 2 (medium tyres)
Finished 17th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04: “Another pretty good start and from there the whole race was straightforward. I didn’t have any issues for the whole race, the pitstops were good and the strategy worked out exactly was we’d planned, so across the whole weekend this has been another strong event for us. What seems to be happening is that in the first couple of stints, as the race sort of settles down, we are able to keep up with the cars ahead, and that’s obviously a sign of how we have progressed, and that’s again what happened here. When we went onto the primes for the last stint the pace obviously dropped a bit but we had another strong push to the end, with Senna losing time on his final set of tyres, and that points to us being able to fight much more closely next year. For now we have one race left, so we’ll shift the focus now to Brazil and make sure we finish the season as strongly as we have been doing since Singapore.”

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-03: “I lost a few places at the start with clutch slip, but within a few laps I had got passed the cars we needed to fight and then focused on making sure I got the car to the end of the race. The second stint was pretty strong, but then on the last stint on the hard tyres I was struggling to get them up to temperature so I couldn’t really push any more. This has been a bit of a tough weekend. I came here with a bit of a fever and then losing time in FP3 obviously set me back as well, but now I want to make sure I have as good a race as possible in Brazil and help the team secure tenth place.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: “I think we managed to get as much as we could hope for today. We have been focusing on giving the drivers the right mix of top-end speed, rear-end stability and good responsiveness in the low to mid-speed corners, and I think Heikki’s early pace showed that we keep going in the right direction.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A solid race for us and good to see both cars across the finish line with no problems all afternoon. We opted for the same strategy on both cars, running the first two stints on the soft tyres and switching to the mediums at the end and it worked out how we had planned it would. Jarno lost some time at the start but he pulled some of that back with a strong middle stint but was then hit by the number of blue flags that he had to slow down for. At the end of the race Heikki was once again chasing down the Renault but just was not able to get past him with the laps he had left. Now we move on to the last race of the season in Brazil where we will be focusing on the season’s number on goal – securing tenth place and giving ourselves the platform we need to keep building for the future.”

Riad Asmat, Group CEO: “We leave Abu Dhabi feeling pretty good about the way the weekend went for the whole team, particularly seeing Heikki having another storming race and mixing it in the midfield for a good part of the afternoon. We keep edging closer to tenth place, and while that is not a step forward for us in championship terms, compared to last year, it is vital for our long-term growth, and when we can carry over the step-up we have made this year in the pitstops, in the factory and in our race pace, we are putting ourselves in the right place for next season and beyond. One more race to go and we will make sure we keep up this level or performance in Brazil before the race team takes a well-earned break.”

source: teamlotus.co.uk

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
  • Sunday, 13th of November 2011
  • Weather: Maximum temperature: Air 26ºC, Track 31ºC
  • Race: 55 laps
  • Track distance: 5.554 km
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-003 #23 20th
  • Daniel Ricciardo F111-002 #22 DNF

After the last couple of races, HRT F1 Team’s hopes were quite high coming into the penultimate grand prix of the season which took place in Abu Dhabi this evening. However, the final result hasn’t matched the Spanish team’s aspirations with Vitantonio Liuzzi finishing in 20th place and Daniel Ricciardo forced to retire with three laps to go because of a broken alternator. For the race, the team decided to set two different strategies for the drivers. Daniel’s two-stop strategy ended up being the better one and the Australian driver maintained a quick and consistent rhythm from the beginning until his retirement because of an electric failure. Apart from the strategy, Tonio wasn’t comfortable with the balance of his car but steered the F111 to the finish line.

Vitantonio Liuzzi: “The car was suffering from the same balance problems as yesterday. The team worked on the issue all night to try and fix it but, unfortunately, the car wasn’t perfectly balanced today. There was understeer on left turns and oversteer on right turns which meant that it was hard to achieve a good race pace. We got off to a good start and made up a few positions but it was a difficult challenge. Still, I pushed until the very end and got the car past the checkered flag which is a positive thing. It was a difficult race but we got a decent result”.

Daniel Ricciardo: “I had a pretty good take off at the start, passing Glock and getting right behind Trulli, and then I stayed on the inside for turn 1, which was probably a mistake as Glock overtook me on the outside. There were a few moves that I should have maybe committed to a bit stronger. The pace was good but I lost a few places at the start and had to play catch up. I closed the gap with Tonio but then I couldn’t get past him. For the second stint I was able to keep up with Glock. I was then caught in traffic and, three laps from the end, my car stopped. It was a shame to end the race prematurely but, overall, the pace was good and I was setting some good times so that’s something to take into the next race”.

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “Clearly, this is not the result we were hoping for at all after the performance level we’ve had over the past races but the drivers did everything they could. We had a good pace. Tonio went for a one stop strategy, which proved not to be the best one in the end. Daniel, instead, was going for two stops and carried a really consistent pace racing Glock throughout the race. Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish the race three laps from the end because of an electrical problem. It is a real shame because he was doing a fantastic race. Now we have to look ahead to Brazil and expect not to have any of these problems again”.

source: hispaniaf1team.com


2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – The Race

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Marussia Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock finished today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 19th position at the Yas Marina Circuit. Jérôme didn’t have the same luck and was forced to retire on lap 18.

Timo got off to a fantastic start, climbing up to 16th position during the first lap and maintaining good pace. Jérôme also managed to gain positions but unfortunately his race was cut short when he suffered a problem with the front brakes and he was forced to retire.

Timo followed a two-stop strategy, pitting on laps 22 and 44, before bring car number 24 home.

Timo Glock, Race Driver #24

“Overall it was quite a good race today. I had a strong start, the speed was not too bad and I was in front of a couple of quicker guys, even though in the end they caught us up. I just drove my race and my engineer kept me updated about the gap to the guys behind, which was quite easy to manage. In the second pit-stop I think Ricciardo pushed a bit more, but I still managed to stay in front of him as well as keeping an eye on the rear tyres. In the end I got the best out of the car even though I have to say it was a bit difficult with the last set of tyres because the Medium compound combined with all the blue flags made it difficult to get them up to temperature. But it was a good race and the team did a good job.”

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25

“What a shame! I had a good start and was fighting hard against the HRTs, but I had a problem with the brakes and that was my race over. But we will work hard and continue to be motivated to finish the season in Brazil on a high.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“A good start to the race saw Timo running as high as 16th in the opening laps. Unfortunately, Jérôme was left behind both of the HRTs, however he was pushing them hard during the early laps. Then on lap 17, Jérôme reported some difficulty with the brakes and also that there was some debris coming out of the left front wheel. We immediately pitted him, instigating a pit stop with inspection of the front braking system. It was clear though that it was not possible to continue and we retired him. Meanwhile on track, Timo was having a good opening stint, pulling a comfortable gap out over Liuzzi and Ricciardo, who had stopped very early. A small issue at his first stop lost him a bit of time, however he still came out in front of Ricciardo. For the second stint Timo managed his tyres to ensure that he could get as far as possible. It was a little like India in that by staying on the Soft tyre, he would be quicker than the HRTs, which again had stopped early for the Medium tyre. However, we came up against Trulli – again on the Medium tyre – so we had to stop earlier than we would have liked. At this point with the HRTs clearly behind, we opted to save gearbox and engine, turning everything down for the last five laps. Given our record of reliability it is disappointing that we haven’t achieved a two-car finish in the last two races, however this will be our strong focus for Brazil.”

source: virginracing.com


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source: Cosworth F1 Media


Race report Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton has taken his third win of the season in Abu Dhabi using Pirelli’s P Zero tyres, running a two-stop strategy with two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre followed by a single stint on the P Zero White medium. Hamilton claimed the 17th win of his career, having previously won in China and Germany this year.

A similar strategy was adopted by all of the top three finishers, while Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber tried a three-stop strategy, only switching to the harder tyre with one lap to go. Force India driver Paul di Resta was the only finisher to go for a one-stop strategy, changing from medium to soft tyres on lap 27 and then running 28 laps on the P Zero Yellow to the finish. The majority of competitors used a two-stop strategy over the 55 laps.

Hamilton took the lead on the first lap after newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel retired with damage to the rear of his car after his tyre deflated on the opening lap. The cause of the sudden deflation is still being investigated by Pirelli’s engineers. This brings to an end Red Bull Racing’s run of 19 consecutive podium finishes, and it is also the first time in 19 races that Vettel has retired.

As usual, the Abu Dhabi race started at dusk and finished at night, with track temperatures stabilising at around 28 degrees centigrade towards the end of the race. This helped to extend the tyre life, with the soft tyres lasting around 25 laps and the medium compound for about 30 laps. The race was characterised by a fierce battle between Hamilton and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who moved from fifth to second on the opening lap. At the last round of pit stops, Alonso stayed out for two laps longer than Hamilton – which brought him close enough to try and pass. The Spaniard finished second, scoring his 10th podium of 2011 and his first in Abu Dhabi: the only current race where he has not been in the top three.

Despite starting at the back of the grid following mechanical problems during qualifying, Rubens Barrichello managed to climb up the field and finish 12th thanks to a two-stop strategy, starting on medium tyres followed by two stints on softs. Kamui Kobayashi also scored points for Sauber for the first time in seven races with a similar strategy.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: “Together with Red Bull Racing, we’re still examining the remains of Sebastian Vettel’s tyre in order to try and piece together what happened. It certainly seems to be a very unusual incident and we’ve already been to look at the place with Sebastian: there seems to be no reason that is immediately obvious and the set of tyres was one that he had already used for qualifying. But until we know for sure, there’s no point in speculating. With the dropping temperatures, our soft and medium tyres were faced with slightly different track conditions to normal, with different teams trying a very wide variety of strategies, from one to three stops. I’ve been told that last year there were just 11 overtaking manoeuvres here, so this year certainly presented quite a contrast. Normally at this point we would be packing up to go home, but now we look forward to the young driver test later this week, where we will try out some of our 2012 range of tyres for the first time.”

source: pirelli.com