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2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

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2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 19 of 19 in the 2011 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Race details
Date 27 November 2011
Official name Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2011
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.909 km (190.083 mi)


Air Temp 24 °C (75 °F)
Track Temp 43 °C (109 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Red Bull Racing-Renault
Time 1:11.918
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
Time 1:15.324 on lap 71
First Red Bull Racing-Renault
Second Red Bull Racing-Renault
Third McLaren-Mercedes

The 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2011) was a Formula One motor race held on 27 November 2011 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos, in São Paulo, Brazil. It was the nineteenth and final round of the 2011 Formula One season. The 71-lap race was won by Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel, Webber's teammate finished in second place to complete Red Bull's third 1–2 of the season; Jenson Button finished in third position, to complete the podium for the McLaren team.

It was the 326th and final race for veteran and most experienced Formula One driver in history, Rubens Barrichello, and the 256th and last race for Jarno Trulli. This would prove to be the final Grand Prix for Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jaime Alguersuari.



After replacing Jaime Alguersuari during the first Friday practice session in South Korea and Sébastien Buemi during the same session in Abu Dhabi, Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up Jean-Éric Vergne once again drove for Toro Rosso on Friday morning, after a statement announced he would take the place of "whichever of the Toro Rosso drivers has the least points";[2] Vergne ultimately replaced Buemi.[3] Having completed the sufficient amount of mileage in order to acquire an FIA Super Licence at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, Jan Charouz took part in first practice for HRT, replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi.[3][4] Romain Grosjean drove in the place of Vitaly Petrov at Renault, while Luiz Razia replaced Jarno Trulli at Lotus and Nico Hülkenberg drove Adrian Sutil's Force India.[3] With Liuzzi and Trulli on the sidelines, the first practice session became the first time since the 2005 United States Grand Prix that an Italian driver had not taken part in a timed session.

The circuit will include one Drag Reduction System (DRS) zone, located along Reta Oposta.[5] The detection point will be located in the middle of the second corner, with the activation point 70 metres (230 ft) beyond the exit of Curva do Sol, creating a DRS zone of 600 metres (2,000 ft). According to FIA race director Charlie Whiting, Reta Oposta was chosen for the DRS zone because "the main straight usually gives a good enough opportunity to overtake anyway, [and] we don't want to make it too easy [to pass]".[5]

After experimenting with a new compound of soft tyre during free practice in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli announced that the tyre would be used for the race in Brazil.[6]


Rubens Barrichello finished fourteenth for Williams in his 326th and final race in Formula One.
Rubens Barrichello finished fourteenth for Williams in his 326th and final race in Formula One.

Vettel took pole position, his fifteenth of the season, breaking Nigel Mansell's record from 1992, for the number of pole positions in a season. Webber qualified in second place, just one tenth of a second slower than his Red Bull teammate. The two McLarens took over the second row of the grid, with Button ahead of Hamilton. Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg were on the third row of the grid, separated by half a second. Felipe Massa, Alonso's Ferrari teammate, qualified seventh ahead of Adrian Sutil, Bruno Senna and Michael Schumacher (who didn't set a time).


Felipe Massa became the first Ferrari driver since Ivan Capelli in 1992 to complete a season without a podium.
Felipe Massa became the first Ferrari driver since Ivan Capelli in 1992 to complete a season without a podium.

Vettel lead the race after the start, but conceded the lead to Webber when his gearbox started causing him trouble. Vettel remained second in the race though, while Webber took his first, and only, win of the season. None of the other teams could match the pace of Red Bull in the race. Button managed to complete the podium with third position after being overtaken by Alonso early on in the race, but repassing him near the end. Alonso eventually finished fourth whilst Hamilton retired with a gearbox issue. Massa completed the year with a fifth-place finish. Sutil, Rosberg, di Resta, Kobayashi and Petrov completed the points scoring positions.[7]

Bruno Senna received a drive through penalty after colliding with Michael Schumacher at the entry of the "Senna S" on lap 10.


Jenson Button's podium meant that he stayed second in the Drivers' Championship, while Webber's victory meant he overtook Alonso to become third. Despite both their drivers finishing well inside the points scoring positions, Force India did not manage to overturn Renault's points total to take fifth place in the standings, and were left just four points behind. Kamui Kobayashi scored two points for Sauber to ensure that they kept seventh place in the standings as well.



Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:13.664 1:12.446 1:11.918 1
2 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:13.467 1:12.658 1:12.099 2
3 4 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.281 1:12.820 1:12.283 3
4 3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.361 1:12.811 1:12.480 4
5 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:13.969 1:12.870 1:12.591 5
6 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.083 1:12.569 1:13.050 6
7 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.269 1:13.291 1:13.068 7
8 14 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:13.480 1:13.261 1:13.298 8
9 9 Brazil Bruno Senna Renault 1:14.453 1:13.300 1:13.761 9
10 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:13.694 1:13.571 no time 10
11 15 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:13.733 1:13.584 11
12 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:14.117 1:13.801 12
13 19 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:14.225 1:13.804 13
14 18 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:14.500 1:13.919 14
15 10 Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:13.859 1:14.053 15
16 16 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.571 1:14.129 16
17 17 Mexico Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.430 1:14.182 17
18 12 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:14.625 18
19 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:15.068 19
20 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:15.358 20
21 23 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:16.631 21
22 22 Australia Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:16.890 22
23 25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.019 23
24 24 Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.060 24
107% time: 1:18.410


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 71 1:32:17.464 2 25
2 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 71 +16.983 1 18
3 4 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 71 +27.638 3 15
4 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 71 +35.048 5 12
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 71 +1:06.733 7 10
6 14 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 8 8
7 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 6 6
8 15 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 11 4
9 16 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 16 2
10 10 Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 70 +1 Lap 15 1
11 19 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 13
12 18 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 14
13 17 Mexico Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 17
14 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 12
15 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 10
16 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 69 +2 Laps 19
17 9 Brazil Bruno Senna Renault 69 +2 Laps 9
18 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 69 +2 Laps 20
19 25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 68 +3 Laps 23
20 22 Australia Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 68 +3 Laps 22
Ret 23 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 61 Alternator 21
Ret 3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 46 Gearbox 4
Ret 12 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 26 Spin 18
Ret 24 Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 21 Wheel 24


  • Sebastian Vettel broke his own points record from the season before with 392 and he had the biggest margin ever to second-placed driver Jenson Button with 122, nearly doubling Michael Schmuacher's gap in 2002 to Rubens Barrichello (67).
  • Red Bull-Renault also broke their own record from 2011 with a 650-point total and eclipsed Ferrari's record from 2004 with a 153-point difference to second-placed McLaren-Mercedes.

Championship standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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External links

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