Analysis: Monza qualifying speed trap

Analysis: Monza qualifying speed trap

10 September 2011 – Formula 1 is constantly labelled as the fastest motorsport on earth, but which current team and driver combination topped the list in a straight-line at Monza this afternoon? GPUpdate.net takes a closer look at the speed trap to determine the order ahead of tomorrow's 53-lap race, with quite a big surprise sitting at the bottom of the list...


2011 Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying speed trap:


1: Sergio Pérez
Sauber-Ferrari
349.2 km/h (216.9 mph)


2: Bruno Senna
Renault
347.2 km/h (215.7 mph)


3: Vitaly Petrov
Renault
344.8 km/h (214.2 mph)


4: Felipe Massa
Ferrari
342.3 km/h (212.7 mph)


5: Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
342.2 km/h (212.6 mph)


6:
Sébastien Buemi
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
341.9 km/h (212.4 mph)


7: Jaime Alguersuari
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
341.8 km/h (212.3 mph)


8: Kamui Kobayashi
Sauber-Ferrari
341.7 km/h (212.3 mph)


9: Rubens Barrichello

Williams-Cosworth
340.4 km/h (211.5 mph)


10. Pastor Maldonado
Williams-Cosworth
340.2 km/h (211.4 mph)


11. Nico Rosberg

Mercedes
339.5 km/h (210.9 mph)


12. Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes
339.3 km/h (210.8 mph)


13. Adrian Sutil
Force India-Mercedes
338.7 km/h (210.4 mph)


14. Michael Schumacher
Mercedes
338.7 km/h (210.4 mph)


15. Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Virgin-Cosworth
336.7 km/h (209.2 mph)


16. Timo Glock
Virgin-Cosworth
336.6 km/h (209.1 mph)


17. Daniel Ricciardo
HRT-Cosworth
336.2 km/h (208.9 mph)


18. Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
336.1 km/h (208.8 mph)


19. Vitantonio Liuzzi
HRT-Cosworth
335.7 km/h (208.6 mph)


20. Jenson Button
McLaren-Mercedes
333.1 km/h (206.9 mph)


21. Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
332.7 km/h (206.7 mph)


22. Jarno Trulli
Lotus-Renault
331.8 km/h (206.1 mph)


23. Heikki Kovalainen
Lotus-Renault
331.8 km/h (206.1 mph)


24. Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull-Renault
327.7 km/h (203.6 mph)


This data, based on the pit-straight speed trap, all but confirms Vettel's decision to move towards a shorter gearing configuration after Friday practice. The German therefore has a lot of work to do throughout the corners, having to make up for the time he loses on the straights and ensure that he is out of danger when approaching the two DRS zones.

However, Vettel's rivals will have to contend with slightly less aerodynamic grip and longer gear ratios if they are to beat him, relying more on straight line speed to challenge for victory. The whole race will be based around the reigning Champion's potential ability to consistently counteract his lower speed trap rating and shorter gearing method, as he did so well in qualifying en route to pole number ten of 2011.

On a whole, the two teams to look out for in terms of mass overtaking will be Sauber and Renault. The slipstreaming approach utilised by Ferrari somewhat covers up their true speed, but Pérez, Senna and Petrov all look extremely rapid at full throttle.


GPUpdate.net's Mike Seymour on Saturday

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