D he season 2011 will be considered the year of the great Red Bull dominance will go down in Formula 1 history. With a double victory in the final in Sao Paulo, the world championship team ensured the right conclusion at the final in Sao Paulo. After Sebastian Vettel's eleven successes, team mate Mark Webber was at the top of the podium for the first time at the Brazilian GP.
Transmission problem prevents twelfth Vettel show
At the beginning saw but everything after another Vettel show. After a clean start, the champion controlled the action at the front. But already on lap five the technical bad luck struck. Race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin asked the German to shift up the gears earlier. The transmission threatened to fail prematurely. On lap 29, Vettel finally had to let his team-mate pass without a fight.
'That was a shame. I had already pulled out a good gap. Then we had to turn the engine down and shift gears,' Vettel described his problem afterwards. 'Mark drove a great race and he deserves the win. I just tried to control the gap to the rear.'
Vettel sets Schumi record
In the second half of the race, Red Bull got the problem under control to some extent. Although it was no longer enough for an attack on Webber, the Bulls' one-two victory never put him in serious danger. With his 17th podium in one season, Vettel set Michael Schumacher's record from the 2002 season.
Mark Webber was not bothered by the gift of victory. 'Of course I would have liked to have fought with Sebastian. But that's motorsport. You take what you get. I was also very unlucky this year. This win is very important for me. In the last few laps I got it right Enjoyed. '
Button fights Alonso down
Behind Red Bull, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button fought for third place on the podium until the last few laps. The Ferrari had already passed on the eleventh lap, but the McLaren showed the better pace in the final phase on the harder mix. Button finally passed on lap 52. 'That was not an easy race for me,' the Brit groaned afterwards. 'I couldn't cope with the softer compound so I drove two stints on the harder tires. Alonso had to struggle a little more with it. More than rankBut three was not there. 'With 270 World Cup points, Button at least secured the runner-up title.
The best Brazilian finished fifth in the home game. Felipe Massa was the only one from the top group Two-stop strategy, which didn't turn out to be a great success in the end. Rain would have helped the local hero, but although the sky darkened threateningly in between, there was no precipitation. After crossing the finish line, Massa consoled himself and his fans with a few smoking donuts .
Hamilton failure after gearbox damage
The fact that Massa's fifth place was not further troubled was also due to Lewis Hamilton's technical bad luck, right in the middle of the hot duel between the two archenemies, the Already four collisions this year, the McLaren's gearbox went on strike. On lap 47 it was over for the Englishman. 'I lost half a second per lap. Unfortunately, the gearbox couldn't hold out. '
Adrian Sutil was also happy about Hamilton's bad luck. The Force India driver again showed a strong race and finished sixth. In the race, he showed a significantly better pace as Mercedes works driver Nico Rosberg. Although he stopped once more than the Silver Arrow, Sutil crossed the finish line before that. An uncompromising overtaking maneuver on lap 51 decided the duel in favor of the Bavarian. With his best result of the season, Sutil moved from eleventh to ninth place Drivers' World Championship.
Senna with unfair maneuver against Schumi
For Michael Schumacher, however, there was nothing to celebrate. When trying to overtake Bruno Senna's Renault, they touched The left rear tire of the Mercedes was slashed. Schumi had to hobble to the pits to stop for repairs. The record champion ended up only in 15th place. Senna got a drive-through penalty for the unfair action and fell into place 17 back.
'The crash with Senna was very annoying', Schumi complained afterwards. 'I actually thought that the car was damaged and I thought about not even finishing the race. But it worked and so we tried to get as far as possible. We adjusted the balance and with the last set of tires the car was then sensible to drive and the times were quite good. '
At Force India, on the other hand, both cars scored points. Paul di Resta landed in eighth place. Behind them, Kamui Kobayashi secured seventh place for his Sauber team in the team classification. Competitor Toro Rosso narrowly missed the points in eleventh (Alguersuari) and twelfth (Buemi). The last point went to Vitaly Petrov instead.
Glock loses a bike
Timo Glock was also disappointed in the race after the failed qualifying. The mechanics had not properly attached the left rear wheel at the first stop on lap 22. Already when driving off it jumpedRubber wildly over the asphalt and forced the German to make an emergency stop in the pit exit. 'I don't know how to beat up a pit stop and then send me out,' grumbled Glock. 'The team has to get together and work on it.'
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