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|2011 Chinese Grand Prix|
|Date:15-17 Apr 2011, Weather|
From this race…
|Liuzzi, Vitantonio (Hispania Racing)||12 pts||Drive through penalty for a jump start.
|Alguersuari, Jaime (Scuderia Toro Rosso)||10 pts||Lost the right rear wheel after exiting the pits.
After an early pit stop on lap 9, Liuzzi was forced off the road when he lost a wheel. To add to the woes, the team was fined 10,000 euros for an unsafe release from the pits.
|Scuderia Toro Rosso||6 pts||Toro Rosso were fined for an unsafe pit release.
Toro Rosso were fined 10,000 euros for releasing Luizzi from hit pitstop with his right rear wheel not completely attached. This caused Luizzi to retire two corners from the pit exit.
|Kobayashi, Kamui (Sauber)||1 pts||Made a hole in the nose of his Sauber on Sutil.
|Button, Jenson (McLaren)||6 pts||Stopped at the Red Bull pit, rather than the Mclaren one.
Whilst battling with Vettel over second position, both Vettel and Button dived for the pits together. However, Button, who was leading, stopped at the Red Bull pit rather than at the Mclaren pit where his mechanics and tyres were waiting. Button lost 3-4 seconds on his pit stop as he needed to move pit.
|Webber, Mark (Red Bull Racing)||6 pts||KERS failure.
|Vettel, Sebastian (Red Bull Racing)||4 pts||Radio failure.
|Perez, Sergio (Sauber)||2 pts||Lost part of his wing on Heidfeld.
In turn 3, Perez made contact with Heidfeld losing the front wing end plate of his win.
|Rosberg, Nico (Mercedes Grand Prix)||1 pts||Out braked himself into the hairpin.
Whilst trying to overtake Massa, Rosboerg committed a brave overtaking move on the entrance to the hairpin. Rosberg, however, overshot his braking point and ended up too deep in to the corner. Massa retook the position back from Rosberg with ease.
|Perez, Sergio (Sauber)||9 pts||Collided with Sutil pushing him off the track.
If one of the Saubers hitting Sutil was not enough, the Perez completed the set by colliding with the German on lap 47.
Sliding up the site of Sutil, Perez carried too much momentum into the corner and nuzzled up against Sutil push him off the track.
Perexz was investigated by the stewards for this after the race but received no post race punishment. Perez got time already served as he had to serve a drive though penalty for the incident.
|Massa, Felipe (Ferrari)||1 pts||Went off track whilst trying to keep up with the race pace.
|di Resta, Paul (Force India)||3 pts||Di Resta collided with Heidfeld in the closing stages of the race.
At the hairpin, Heidfeld overtook di Resta down the outside, however, little quarter was given and di Resta collided with Heidfeld removing part of his own wing.
|Webber, Mark (Red Bull Racing)||1 pts||Failed to make the cut to go through to Q2.
After struggling without KERS the Red Bull team gambled on having enough pace in qualifying to get through Q1 and progress to Q2. This, however, was not the case and Webber failed to make the grade qualifying only 18th.
|Petrov, Vitaly (Renault)||14 pts||After scoring the 4th fastest time, Petrov retired from Q2.
Petrov’s car, after putting in all it’s effort to push the Russian up to 4th, lost power and slowly stopped. Seemingly taken by surprise in the 30 seconds it took for the car to come to a stop, Petrov managed not to park it on the grass causing the session to be red flagged.
The red flag caused much panic in the pits as cars on a hot lap were force to come in to the pits again. With only 2 minutes and 20 seconds on the clock the session was a scramble for fast laps. One of the biggest losers was Heidfeld, Petrov’s teammate.
|Schumacher, Michael (Mercedes Grand Prix)||6 pts||DRS failure in qualifying.
|Heidfeld, Nick (Renault)||8 pts||Two spins during Practice.
Heidfeld admitted that both spins and eventual damage to his car were his fault. This put Heidfeld’s race preparation in serious danger of being derailed.
|Karthikeyan, Narain (Hispania Racing)||1 pts||Spin during practice.
Spin during practice
|Alonso, Fernando (Ferrari)||4 pts||Hydraulic problems during practice.
|Webber, Mark (Red Bull Racing)||6 pts||KERS Failure during practice.
|Hamilton, Lewis (McLaren)||5 pts||Hamilton made clear he was upset at the Mclaren pit strategy.
It would not be the first time that Hamilton has expressed “concern” at his team and it’s ability to change his tyres how he would like them – which is just like Buttonâ€™s who does not seem to run into these issues. Ultimately, Hamilton’s issues were due to him using up more of the soft tyres in qualifying that he should have done; in the end he needed them for the race.
“It was a terrible race,” he is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “I started second and I came eighth. I tried my best. I had four pit-stops and the tyres didn’t last. I stopped before everyone else when I could have stayed out for a couple of laps more. Then the wrong tyres were put on. I had the Option instead of the Prime. For the last stint I had an old Prime, which didn’t last, and I had to pit – it was very poor strategy but there’s nothing I can do.”
|Webber, Mark (Red Bull Racing)||5 pts||Feeling the pressure from Vettel, Webber decided to vent at the Thursday press conference.
With comparisons to Vettel and Webber’s relationship being made to Irvine and Schumacher, Webber angrily reacted.
Irvine once remarked that having your teammate win five times in a row was “like being hit with a baseball bat”. Webber replied during the Thursday press conference;
“Absolutely f****** ludicrous question mate!” Webber exclaimed. “You’ve known me long enough… you’ve known me long enough. Five wins in a row? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean… he’s not just beaten me, he’s beaten everyone – so no-one will turn up then! We may as well all stay at home.”
He added: “That’s what a competitor does. Nothing lasts forever, that’s the way it goes. Like I said, he’s doing a good job and Malaysia was close between us. So we come here and see how we go. I think… I’ll stop there.”