Japanese Grand Prix: intelligentF1 Underlying Pace League Table

Posted on October 10, 2011


The fitting of the race history chart using the intelligentF1 model provides the underlying race pace of the cars and drivers. For the Japanese Grand Prix, the table looks like this – and shows that the fastest car did not win. The times are taken in reference to the fastest stint pace, which is Vettel’s first stint on options, and his final stint on primes.

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) first stint; subsequent stints on options were 0.9s slower – this cost the race. Also fastest on primes.
  2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) +0.3s first stint; then was +1.0s to Vettel’s first stint, and +1.0s to Vettel on the primes
  3. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) +0.4s; absolutely consistent, perfect tyre management. About 0.3s down on Vettel on the primes
  4. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +0.9s on options, +0.8s on primes; also beautifully consistent
  5. Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault) +1.0s; in traffic, so real pace not clear on options, same speed as Button on the primes
  6. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +1.2s on both tyres
  7. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) +1.8s on options, +2.1s on primes
  8. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +1.8s on options, in traffic on primes
  9. Vitaly Petrov (Renault) +1.9s on options, +2.2s on primes – a big improvement from Singapore
  10. Sergio Perez (Sauber-Ferrari) +2.0s on options, +1.4s on primes – the Sauber again very good on the harder compound tyre
  11. Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) +2.1s on options, +2.2s on primes; good pace, but not a result to match
  12. Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes) +2.2s on options, +2.1s on primes
  13. Adrian Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) +2.2s on options, +2.1s on primes; Force India boys inseparable again.
  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari) +2.5s on options, +2.4s on primes; not close to Perez for the second consecutive race.
  15. Pastor Maldonado (Williams-Cosworth) +2.5s on options, +2.4s on primes
  16. Bruno Senna (Renault) +2.9s on options, +2.4s on primes; slower than Petrov on options, but close on the harder tyre
  17. Rubens Barrichello (Williams-Cosworth) +2.9s on options, +3.2s on primes; surprisingly slow
  18. Sebastian Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) +2.9s on options, although in traffic until he retired
  19. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus-Renault) +3.5s on options, +3.3s on primes; in touch with the midfield, and almost as fast as Barrichello on the harder tyres
  20. Jarno Trulli (Lotus-Renault) +3.8s on options, +3.3s on primes
  21. Jerome D’Ambrosio (Virgin-Cosworth) +5.2s on options, +5.9s on primes; ahead of Glock (just)
  22. Timo Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) +5.3s on options, +5.9s on primes
  23. Daniel Ricciardo (HRT-Cosworth) +5.4s on options, +5.4s on primes; catching the Virgins at the end
  24. Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT-Cosworth) +5.4s on primes for the first four laps. Then after his off +7.0s on options and worse on primes.


  • At a non-tyre eating pace, Jenson Button had 0.5s over the field. This is why he caught Vettel in the second stint despite Vettel being on new options, and his being on used options.
  • Mercedes were only just ahead of the midfield scrap here
  • Perez, Maldonado and Ricciardo impress against team mates