German Grand Prix 2011 – Race Report

I apologise that this race report is a touch late, but I had to watch the race in recorded form due to being unable to watch it on Sunday.

While the 2011 German Grand Prix was pretty okay on the excitement level (after a slow start) my frustration with the Race Director grew so much that I’ve decided to add a new feature to my race-reports. Explanations can be found on the Race Reports Explanation page, for this new ranking. In addition the 2011 Race Rankings will be updated shortly.

Director ranking: Piss Poor

Not only did the race director miss four yellow flags of which only one was picked up on replay, the director seemed very focused on only the leader pack for most of the race with only occasional glimpses of the middle-group. This and a lack of interest by the director in pit-stops would have been enough for a Poor-rating, but the fact that the director didn’t even give Barrichello’s and Liuzzi’s retirements the time of day was just too much to ignore.

The Top-10:

Lewis Hamilton rocketed past Webber on the start and superior tyre-strategy brought the victory to McLaren. Fernando Alonso tried his best and a rise from fourth to second was the result of a solid drive, even if there were some slip-ups. Mark Webber finally did all he could after his poor start and it was good enough to secure him the third podium.

Sebastian Vettel suffered from bad settings in his car (Red Bull was expecting rain which failed to arrive) and was stuck battling Rosberg and Massa for much of the race. Still, fourth place earned him some valuable points. Massa had a poor start to the race but, all things considered, finished an admirable fifth. Adrian Sutil was the last man on the same lap as the Top-5 and earned Force India some valuable points.

Nico Rosberg did not have an easy time and Michael Schumacher suffered a spin early on in the race, but the Mercedes GP cars finally finished an okay seventh and eighth respectively. Kamui Kobayashi made another impressive rise to points in his Sauber car just ahead of Vitaly Petrov who could have done much better. However, the Vyborg Rocket’s tenth place was at least a slight consolation for Renault after his team-mate’s ruined race.

Golden Pineapple Award

Sergio Perez hasn’t quite gotten to his peak performance, but going from 15th to 11th was an okay result. He just may be on points at Hungaroring.

Drop-out Count: 4

Nick Heidfeld had a hell of a day. After losing a fairly good qualifying position to a spin at the very beginning he got bumped off the track by an unattentive Sebastian Buemi. The rest of the retirements were due to technical failures. From Williams, HRT and McLaren the drivers who suffered were Rubens Barrichello, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jenson Button. Button had been driving a very disappointing race so I can’t imagine a hydraulics problem boosted his confidence much.

Back of the Lot News:

Once again, Kamui Kobayashi made an impressive rise to points, while Di Resta and Maldonado choked in the heat of things (although I think Di Resta suffered a spin at some point). Toro Rosso hasn’t really done very well as of late with Alguersuari finishing 12th and Buemi, who due to irregularities had to start from the very back, ruined Heidfeld’s race (as well as his own) and suffered a drive-through penalty.

For the new teams it was again the same old, same old. Karun Chandhok who returned to drive for Lotus, subbing for Jarno Trulli, finished dead last, though in his defense, Chandhok suffered a violent slide which dropped him behind the Virgins and the Hispania cars.