Italian Grand Prix : Qualifying Results and Analysis

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Published on September 10, 2011 with No Comments

So Sebastian Vettel did it again! Here’s a short review of what happened in the qualifying.

Q1

Maldonado went off the track at Parabolica, that has been slippery the weekend because it has been resurfaced and there is very little grip off the race line. Maldonado had not completed a lap and was in serious risk of  starting last or not at all. His team sent him out with about 3 minutes left and a set of options and he managed to get through Q1. The front runners went back to the pits as soon as they thought their time was good enough and it was up to the tail-enders to fight it out for their starting position. All drivers made the 107% time.

Q2

Hamilton stayed late in the 10’s until he changed to options for one last lap, when he easily went to 3rd. The man to watch at the end of the session was Bruno Senna, who managed to push Paul di Resta out to 11th with 0.006s to get himself through to Q3.

Q3

Bruno Senna decided he will end up 10th anyway and did not bother to come out for Q3. This session was always going to be between Red Bull and McLaren, more specifically, between Vettel and Hamilton. Vettel was ahead for most of the session and Hamilton hoped to challenge him but locked his brakes in his last lap. Vettel manages an incredibly fast final lap and Hamilton and Button both admitted at the interview that Seb’s time was ‘untouchable’, they simply did not have another half second in them.

Summary

Grid position here is critical, not for the same reason as at Monaco (where it is extremely difficult to overtake), but rather because it is an indication that you have managed to set the car up perfectly for this track. Monza has not done very well here the last few years and obviously got the car just right. If Vettel can get away with a clean start he will very likely win the race!

Here is the qualifying results:

Pos Nr Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
 1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing  1:24.002 1:22.914 1:22.275 15
 2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes  1:23.976 1:23.172 1:22.725 16
 3 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes  1:24.013 1:23.031 1:22.777 17
 4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari  1:24.134 1:23.342 1:22.841 18
 5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing  1:24.148 1:23.387 1:22.972 14
 6 6 Filipe Massa Ferrari  1:24.523 1:23.681 1:23.188 17
 7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault  1:24.486 1:23.741 1:23.530 19
 8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes  1:25.108 1:23.671 1:23.777 13
 9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes  1:24.550 1:23.335 1:24.477 17
 10 9 Bruno Senna Renault  1:24.914 1:24.157 20
 11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes  1:24.574 1:24.163 15
 12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes  1:24.595 1:24:209 18
 13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth  1:24.975 1:24.648 19
 14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth  1:24.798 1:24.726 16
 15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari  1:25.113 1:24.845 17
 16 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1:25.164 1:24.932 18
 17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari  1:24.879 1:25.065 16
 18 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1:25.334 11
 19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault  1:26.647 12
 20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault  1:27.184 13
 21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth  1:27.591 9
 22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth  1:27.609 11
 23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth  1:28.054 12
 24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth  1:28.231 11
 Q1 107% Time  1:29.854

 

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