• 2011 F1 Indian Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Report - Vettel Grabs Pole, Rosberg 7th and Schumacher 11th

      Rosberg and Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively today during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. For Rosberg he completed one run in each of the sessions to save tires for the race. He will have one set of primes and two sets of the soft option tires. Schumacher on the other hand had a difficult qualifying session, he had to switch to a set of super softs to make Q2 on his last lap. In Q2, he suffered from tyre vibrations and missed out on Q3 by 0.018s

      Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the new crowned world champion ran away with his 13th pole position in the inaugrual Indian Grabd Prix. With this, he has now tied Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost for the most pole positions in a season.

      Although Hamilton set the second fastest lap, he will start in fifth place after being hit by a penalty in friday's practise for speeding under yellow flag conditions. This means Mark Webber will start second, followed by Alonso, Jenson Button. Massa, who crashed on his final lap will start in sixth place. Sutil, Buemi, and Alguersuari round out the top 10.

      From Michaelís perspective, his qualifying session didnít go as expected:

      ďAt first I hit some traffic, and then on my final run in Q2, there was again vibrations on the set of tyres which I used which was not helpful. Saying that, this certainly does not explain the time gap to Nico so we need to understand what the reason was for that and get on top of it.

      As for the race tomorrow, this should work out better for me, and my aim undoubtedly is to score some points. Iím not really sure which side of the grid will be the better one, so I will just take it from there and try to gain as much as possible.Ē
      After the qualifying session, Nico was pleased with the step forward but left he could have finished higher:

      ďIn Q1, I hit a kerb quite heavily and damaged the floor which lost some of the carís downforce for the rest of qualifying. I was on my quickest lap at the end of Q3 but unfortunately I had to slow down for the yellow flag after Felipeís incident so that cost me some time.

      I will push hard to gain places tomorrow and have a good race on this fantastic track. Iím guessing it will be an exciting race and the Indian people should be proud to have one of the best tracks in the world of motorsport now!Ē
      Ross felt today was:

      ďAn exciting and tense qualifying session. We got caught out a little in traffic on occasions which didnít help as it was particularly close out there. Itís a shame that we didnít get through to Q3 with Michael, and he was unhappy with his final set of tyres. Nico did a great job, especially considering that he was struggling a little with the car yesterday, so all credit to him and his team for getting the car in good shape for qualifying. Our runs on high fuel this weekend have been encouraging so we are looking forward to the race tomorrow at this impressive new track.Ē
      For Norbert:

      ďNico did a good job today and a good qualifying strategy from our team with just one run in Q3 to save tyres for the race. Michael missed getting into the top ten by 0.018s and the gap to P8 was less than two-tenths which shows how intense the battle is. Our target tomorrow is to achieve the best possible result behind the top three teams and hopefully finish in the top six rankings which we achieved three times in the last five races. The new circuit and facilities here in Greater Noida are very impressive and it is very positive for Formula One to be present in such a vibrant country full of passion and friendliness.Ē
      Full Qualifying Results

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        Sorry man, I'm working on it. I was out taking care of a bunch of stuff. I didn't even get a chance to watch it.
        No worries, up on the front page. Thanks!
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        Mid race standings:

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        Massa is out of the race with suspension failure after hitting a curb. Schumacher is catching Rosberg and cut the distance from 6 secs to 2.8. As usual, Vettel is tearing it up.
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        Schumacher is able to get the undercut with pit stops and is now ahead of Rosberg in P5, 7 laps to go!
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        Race Results: Article to follow after the Mercedes GP interview

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        And Vettel has ticked all the boxes again. Pole, fastest lap and the race win.
        Button was the only one pushing him
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        Vettel also broke another record this race. He now is the race driver who has led the most laps in a GP season.
        Beating the 1992 record of Nigel Mansell.
        Also winning 21 races of the 79 he ever started. How's that for a CV?
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        Mercedes GP finished strong in the Inaugrual Indian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher who started 11th on the grid finished in fifth place ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher at the start of the race was able to jump three to 8th by the end of the first lap and maintained a constant pace behind Rosberg.

        Before the second round of pitstops, Schumacher began to eat away at Rosberg's lead and brought the gap down to 1.5sec. While Nico pitted, Michael kept putting in his best lap times and after his stop, he emerged infront of Nico by 1.2 secs and maintained that gap to the end of the race.

        Sebastian Vettel dominated his way to his 11th win at the Indian Grand Prix. With 2 races left in the season, can Vettel match Nigell Mansell's record with 13 wins in one season? Vettel kept a comfortable lead ahead of Button, who managed to over take Webber and Alonso by the forth corner. Everytime Button set a fast lap, Vettel always answered back, by the end of the race, Vettel claimed the checkered flag, led every lap of the race, and set the fastest lap.

        Fernando Alonso took third after he leapfrogged Webber in the pits. Webber tried to attack back, but couldn't find a way past the Ferrari.

        Hamilton and Massa provided most of the excitement for this race. Again these two drivers managed to find a way to fight each other. On corner 5 on lap 24 a charging Hamilton dove to the inside and Massa shut the door and both collided, breaking both of the driver's wings. This time Massa was hit with a drive through penalty for the incident. Two laps after the penalty Massa hit the kurb on turn 9 and the result was a broken front suspension ending his race.

        Hamilton ended up finishing behind Rosberg in seventh place. Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez rounded out the the top ten and home favourite HRT's Narain Karthikeyan will be pleased with his 17th place, finishing ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

        Michael Schumacher - 5th:

        "I am obviously happy about the race today. We achieved the maximum that we could hope for, and as a team we maximised our potential. Fifth and sixth places are a great result for us. On top of that, my car was very nicely sorted for the race and very stable. At the start, everything worked out according to my strategy as I deliberately didn't want to use KERS in the first two corners and save it for the long straight where I knew that I could make up some positions. In the second stint, I managed to maintain my tyres so I could stay out longer and that was enough for fifth place. What's really important at the moment is that we keep pushing and trying to improve, and that is what we achieved today. To the organisers of the first Indian Grand Prix, I would like to send a big compliment; I'm sure that I am not the only one to say that this was a very positive debut."
        Nico Rosberg - 6th:

        "We can be happy with a good team result and that's what the boys in the garage deserved. I'm also pleased to have gained one place on my grid position. However my strategy was not perfect today and I lost some time in the second pit stop which meant that I wasn't able stay ahead of Michael. I had good pace at the end of the race and pushed very hard but it was impossible to catch him over the last laps. I'm confident that we can repeat this good result in the last two races. All in all, it has been a good Indian Grand Prix debut for us and I hope all the fans enjoyed the race. I'm looking forward to coming back next year."

        Ross Brawn:

        "A very solid race from the drivers and team today, and we are very pleased to have achieved fifth and sixth places. Michael, Nico and the engineers did an excellent job to focus on getting the car right for the race, and making the best use of the tyres. We certainly got everything that we could out of our current car this weekend. It was an exciting race from our two drivers with Michael coming out on top this time, however you could see just how closely matched they are during the race. Nico's second set of tyres faded a little bit more on him whilst Michael was able to stay out longer which was enough to take fifth place. It was a very good result for the team today and I'm extremely pleased with how we have worked this weekend."

        Norbert Haug:

        "A strong result today for our team considering the possibilities that our technical package currently has. It is satisfying for everybody to extract the maximum and to achieve the best possible result. Our lap times looked consistent throughout the race which shows that we handled the tyres well and found a set-up which suited the track. Of course, our drivers did a very good job today. To come home in fifth place after starting in 11th is certainly satisfying for Michael. His start, when he gained three places, and his second long and consistent stint were decisive for him to get in front of Nico. He also did a good job today with both our drivers doing similar lap times throughout the race which shows that they achieved what was possible.

        This inaugural Indian Grand Prix was a remarkable event. This is a fantastic and challenging race track, and saw packed grandstands and great enthusiasm from the fans. Formula One could not have wished for more during the first race in a new country. So a big thank you to the organisers, the Jaypee Group, and to Bernie Ecclestone and FOM, who have worked very hard to make this new event happen. We now are looking forward to the next Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, the home of our co-owners and partners aabar, where we hopefully can achieve a similar result. Fifth and sixth paces are not what we are ultimately striving for but it is satisfying to get the best possible results and we can build on that in order to make a good step next year."
        Full Race Results:
        Indian Grand Prix 2011

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        Sticky -
        ^ Thank you, great stuff as usual.