2011 Brazilian Grand Prix – Race Reports (Webber’s Last Stand)

Despite that we finally had a fifth Grand Prix winner, this year’s race in Interlagos, Sao Paolo was rather boring and uninteresting.

Race Direction: Good

The race director caught all the yellow flags and over half the pit-stops. However, I can’t give out the Excellent grade since the back group was really not focused on at all during the race.

The Top-10:

Mark Webber took the victory after his team-mate began suffering from gearbox trouble. Sebastian Vettel was once again without equal and would have probably taken the victory had he not had any technical issues. Jenson Button regained his original starting position in the last few laps of the race and finished third and on the podium only for the second time in Brazil.

Ferrari had a good day with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finishing back-to-back, 4th and 5th respectively. Also an excellent day for Team Force India whose drivers both finished on points. Adrian Sutil drove a solid race to finish 6th and his team-mate, Paul Di Resta, rose from outside of the top-10 to finish a strong 8th.

Nico Rosberg was the only Mercedes GP driver to finish on points today with a fairly solid 7th place. Kamui Kobayashi made an impressive rise from 16th in the start the finish. Vitaly Petrov also did good, starting from 15th and taking the final point as the 10th finisher.

Golden Pineapple Award

Jaime Alguersuari took his second and final Pineapple Award of the Year. However the pineapple king, with four 11th place finishes is hands down Adrian Sutil, who may or may not be driving for Williams next year. Team Force India has the highest amount of pineapples with a total of six.

Driver: Awards:
Adrian Sutil 4
Sergio Perez 3
Nico Rosberg 2
Paul di Resta 2
Pastor Maldonado 2
Vitaly Petrov 2
Jaime Alguersuari 2
Felipe Massa 1
Kamui Kobayashi 1
Team: Awards:
Force India 6
Sauber 4
Mercedes 2
Williams 2
Renault 2
Toro Rosso 2
Ferrari 1

Drop-out count: 4

Technical difficulties ended the races of both Lewis Hamilton and Vitantonio Liuzzi. It was not shown why Pastor Maldonado also had to drop out of the race, though judging from the position of his car, I suspect he must have suffered a spin or a light crash at the very least. Timo Glock can blame his pit-crew for letting him out too soon with one of his wheels still unattached.

Back of the Lot News

Toro Rosso failed to reach points in the final race of the season with Sebastian Buemi finishing behind his team-mate at 12th place. Sergio Perez also drove a puzzlingly weak race and Rubens Barrichello’s race was ruined by a horrible start.

Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna collided with each other which caused Schumi to lose his right rear wheel and limp to a pathetic 15th place in the finish. Senna also received a drive-through penalty, finish 17th and behind Heikki Kovalainen who was yet again the best of the new team drivers.