Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix 2011 – Full Race Results
We are already three races into the 2011 Formula 1 season, and a clear picture is starting to emerge as to what we can expect. So what have we found out about the top teams and drivers, and what does this mean for the rest of the year?
Red Bull- the charging bull
• Red Bull: 9/10
• Sebastian Vettel: 10/10
• Mark Webber: 5/10
Red Bull has got the fastest car once again in 2011 with the new Adrian Newey designed RB7. However, the one Achilles heel of the package is the reliability of its KERS system which has yet to complete a race distance. Both drivers have been making headlines. Vettel seems much calmer following his championship victory, with his domination so far having been compared to that of Michael Schumacher. He is going to be very difficult to beat. Mark Webber meanwhile has generally struggled for pace, and a single podium finish in China is not a clear reflection of his potential.
McLaren Mercedes- Lazarus
• McLaren: 8/10
• Lewis Hamilton: 8/10
• Jenson Button: 7/10
McLaren’s winter testing pace and reliability was abysmal, and both drivers were expecting to be struggling for points in the early races. However, major improvements on the eve of the first race transformed the MP4-26 but the raw pace is still lacking compared to Red Bull. On the driver front, the British pairing are continuing to work well together. Hamilton has never been faster, while Button’s tactical thinking and consistency have compensated for his team-mates flaws.
Ferrari- The horse isn’t prancing
• Ferrari: 6/10
• Fernando Alonso: 7/10
• Felipe Massa: 6/10
Hopes were high following the strong performance of the new F150th Italia in testing. However, the final pre-season aerodynamic update has not moved the team forward as much as was hoped. The root cause of this is believed to be problems with the correlation between its wind tunnel and the track. Fixing this may not be a simple task, as the team will first have to rectify the flaws with its wind tunnel. Despite the mountain they have to climb you should never rule out Ferrari.
Fernando Alonso has continued to be the team’s leading light, but his poor performance in China will give him cause for concern. Massa appears to have upped his game, but the tyre warm up issues which blighted his 2010 season are still present in cooler conditions.
Mercedes GP- Light at the end of the tunnel
• Mercedes GP: 4/10
• Nico Rosberg: 7/10
• Michael Schumacher: 6/10
It’s difficult to judge Mercedes GP in 2011. One minute they seem to be too slow to make it into final qualifying, while the next they are leading. The team is struggling to extract the maximum potential from its car, something which cost them vital points in 2010. Mercedes will have to make sure that it doesn’t take as long this year if it is to avoid having another barren season. However, hopes remain high due to the flashes of speed which indicate that wins are not out of the question. On the driver front, it’s a continuation of last year with Rosberg extracting the maximum from his machinery and his illustrious team-mate blighting by bad luck. However, both drivers are capable of winning if Mercedes can get the car working.
The following article was written by Mark Martin who works in the marketing department of moneysupermarket.com.
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