September 10, 2011

Top gear: 2011 Italian GP Qualifying

They say Red Bull may have chosen the wrong gear ratios for the race but check out this little number by Sebastian Vettel at Ascari.
Any doubts as to how perfectly set up to Seb's style and how balanced the RB7 is, should be put to rest by the seeming effortless way Vettel pulls this off.


Pos  Driver                Team                 Time            Gap   
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m22.275s
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.725s + 0.450
3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.777s + 0.502
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m22.841s + 0.566
5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m22.972s + 0.697
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m23.188s + 0.913
7. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m23.530s + 1.255
8. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m23.777s + 1.502
9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.477s + 2.202
10. Bruno Senna Renault No time
Q2 cut-off time: 1m24.157s Gap **
11. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m24.163s + 1.249
12. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m24.209s + 1.295
13. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m24.648s + 1.734
14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m24.726s + 1.812
15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.845s + 1.931
16. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m24.932s + 2.018
17. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.065s + 2.151
Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.164s Gap *
18. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.334s + 1.358
19. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m26.647s + 2.671
20. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m27.184s + 3.208
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m27.591s + 3.615
22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m27.609s + 3.633
23. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m28.054s + 4.078
24. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m28.231s + 4.255

107% time: 1m29.854s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2



  1. Stunning indeed. The way the correction input virtually becomes the steering input for the final left is just beautiful.

    And with luck his low top speed will make for a classic race.

  2. HOnestly, I know he is a great driver. Theres no doubt about that. This was a beautiful maneuver.
    I am just getting tired of Vettel winning so much. especially right from the fromt.
    To me; If he was winning from behind every once in a while it would demonstrate that he is a real racer.

    agree? or disagree?

  3. @David, yes and no, yes I would like to see him fight from the back but no, you can't blame him for everyone else being slow...

  4. I only noticed that was a slide after they showed the outside camera shot. That was the first time I was truly impressed by Vettel, no bullshit. And that car is incredible...

  5. That was seriously impressive.
    Compare it to Senna's slide in practice, the RB is so much more balanced.
    Speaking of Senna, did Lewis have the word Senna on his race suit?

    Anyway that's a set of soft rears gone for Vettel, those were some nice black lines.

  6. reply @AC, Agree and I would rather put it this way - He has the fastest car of them all.

    Go Senna Go!!! (Its good to say that, and I hope we can all say that for a long time!)

  7. That's just plain old fashioned awesome!


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