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2011 FIA Formula One

World Championship season

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2010 2012
Races 19
Drivers 28
Teams 12
Engine Suppliers Cosworth, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault
Tyre Suppliers P
Drivers' Champion
Vettel 2011
Germany Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) - 392 points
Constructors' Champion
Red Bull logo
Austria Red Bull Racing - 650 points

The 2011 Formula One season was the 62nd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. The original calendar for the 2011 Formula One World Championship consisted of twenty rounds, including the inaugural running of the Indian Grand Prix, before the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Pirelli returned to the sport as tyre supplier for all teams, taking over from Bridgestone. Red Bull Racing was the reigning Constructors' Champion. Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was the defending Drivers' Champion, one of five World Champions appearing on the grid. Vettel won his second World Championship at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, becoming the youngest driver, at 24 years and 98 days, to do so. Red Bull Racing won the Constructors' Championship.

Pre-seasonEdit

Sebastian Vettel entered the season as World Drivers' Champion and Red Bull Racing as World Constructors' Champion.

Rule changesEdit

  • 2011 saw the return of the 107% rule in qualifying. Under this arrangement, any driver who fails to set a time within 107% of the fastest lap in Q1 may not be permitted to take part in the race; for instance, if the fastest lap is 1 minute 40 seconds (100 seconds), a driver must set a time faster than 1 minute 47 seconds (107 seconds) in order to make it to the grid. However, if a driver who fails to set an appropriate lap time can show cause for his inclusion in the race – for example, if a driver failed to set a lap time in qualifying due to a mechanical fault, but had previously set a lap time within 107% of the pole-sitter's time in free practice – the stewards may allow that driver to take part in the race.
  • Sole tyre supplier Bridgestone announced that it would not renew its contract with Formula One at the end of the 2010 season, with Pirelli chosen as the tyre supplier for 2011 by the FIA World Motor Sport Council. The Pirelli logo on each tyre will be colour-coded to identify each compound and tread pattern being used. Cars will have a mandatory weight distribution to provide Pirelli with a technical specification, and preventing teams making changes to the internal configuration of their cars should they prove not to suit the cars.
  • KERS units will be optional for all teams, after not being utilised in 2010 following a team agreement banning the devices, and the minimum car weight increases from 620 kilograms (1,367 lb) to 640 kilograms (1,411 lb), compensating for the extra weight required. Gearboxes must also last for five races instead of four, with an additional gearbox available without penalty for the purposes of completing an event.
  • The Drag Reduction System (DRS), an adjustable rear wing designed to increase straight line speed, was introduced in the 2011 rules. The system is designed to aid overtaking by negating all downforce flowing over the rear wing. The rules dictate that the DRS is only available to a driver within one second of the car in front on a marked designated area of the circuit, after the first two laps of a race. Use of the DRS is unlimited in free practice and qualifying, but prohibited in wet conditions. The system is expected to offer drivers an additional 15 km/h (9.3 mph) when passing, and will deactivate when the driver first touches the brakes after using the rear wing.
  • The "F-duct" system developed by McLaren and copied by other teams was banned, as the system relying on drivers blocking a gap in the cockpit was judged unsafe. The maximum height of the diffuser will be cut from 175 millimetres (6.9 in) to 125 millimetres (4.9 in) and the double diffuser designs, introduced in the 2009 season, will be excluded, in order to reduce aerodynamic downforce and turbulent air. Banned with this are double exhaust-blown diffusers, which use exhaust gases re-routed over the diffuser to increase downforce, although single blown diffusers are still allowed.
  • Several smaller aerodynamic devices introduced for 2010 have also been banned, including aerodynamic wheel spokes, flexible front splitters designed to lower front ride height, and modifications to the monocoque that create a V-shaped channel running the length of the car's nose. The maximum aspect ratio of the "bladed" rollbar structure – pioneered by Mercedes to decrease the obstruction of air to the rear wing – has also been reduced.
  • The FIA has tightened its driving standards, moving to prevent overly aggressive driving and driving beyond the boundaries of the circuit to gain an advantage by implementing stricter penalties for drivers observed to be doing so. Drivers are limited in the number of blocking moves they can make on track, to allow easier overtaking.

Driver changesEdit

  • DAMS GP2 driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio replaced Lucas di Grassi at Virgin Racing, having previously driven for the team during Friday practice sessions at selected events in 2010. Di Grassi did not have his contract with Virgin Racing renewed.
  • 2010 GP2 Series champion Pastor Maldonado was signed by Williams after testing for the team in the young driver tests in Abu Dhabi.
  • Nico Hülkenberg was dropped by Williams on the eve of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After turning down offers from several teams, including HRT and Virgin, Hülkenberg joined Force India as test and reserve driver. As a part of his arrangement with the team, Hülkenberg will drive a VJM04 in the Friday morning free practice session of each Grand Prix.
  • DTM champion Paul di Resta replaced Vitantonio Liuzzi at Force India, having previously driven for the team during Friday practice sessions at selected events in 2010.
  • After being released from his contract with Force India one year in advance of its expiration, Vitantonio Liuzzi officially joined Hispania Racing as their second driver at the final test of the season, filling the last vacant racing seat on the grid. As a result of this, Hispania's part-time racing drivers Karun Chandhok, Christian Klien and Sakon Yamamoto were all unable to secure contracts to race.
  • Sakon Yamamoto moved from Hispania Racing as a full-time driver to become a test driver for Virgin Racing for the first three races after he was unable to secure a contract to continue racing with Hispania.
  • Narain Karthikeyan returned to Formula One with Hispania after last racing with Jordan Grand Prix in 2005, which was run at the time by Hispania team principal Colin Kolles.
  • Bruno Senna left Hispania Racing after a single season. Comments made by team principal Colin Kolles suggested that the nephew of three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna had a strained relationship with the team. Senna was later confirmed to have joined Lotus Renault GP as a part of their test and reserve team.
  • Robert Kubica was injured while competing in the Ronde di Andora rally during the winter off-season, leaving him with multiple fractures to his arm, hand and leg. The nature of his injuries were serious enough to prevent him from starting the season, while the surgeon who operated on Kubica has said that his recovery could take up to an entire year. His former BMW Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld was later confirmed as his replacement at Lotus Renault GP.

Team changesEdit

Calendar changesEdit

TestingEdit

Teams and DriversEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2011 Formula One World Championship. The FIA published a provisional entry list on 30 November 2010, which was revised on 2 December 2010.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Free Practice driver(s)
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault RB7 Renault RS27-2011 P 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel All N/A
2 Australia Mark Webber All
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 Mercedes FO 108Y P 3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All N/A
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari 150° Italia Ferrari 056 P 5 Spain Fernando Alonso All N/A
6 Brazil Felipe Massa All
Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W02 Mercedes FO 108Y P 7 Germany Michael Schumacher All N/A
8 Germany Nico Rosberg All
United Kingdom Lotus Renault GP Renault R31 Renault RS27-2011 P 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1–11 Brazil Bruno Senna
France Romain Grosjean
Brazil Bruno Senna 12–19
10 Russia Vitaly Petrov All
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams-Cosworth FW33 Cosworth CA2011K P 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All N/A
12 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado All
India Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes VJM04 Mercedes FO 108Y P 14 Germany Adrian Sutil All Germany Nico Hülkenberg
15 United Kingdom Paul di Resta All
Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari C30 Ferrari 056 P 16 Japan Kamui Kobayashi All N/A
17 Mexico Sergio Pérez 1–6, 8–19
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 7
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 Ferrari 056 P 18 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi All Australia Daniel Ricciardo
France Jean-Éric Vergne
19 Spain Jaime Alguersuari All
Malaysia Team Lotus Lotus-Renault T128 Renault RS27-2011 P 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen All India Karun Chandhok
Brazil Luiz Razia
21 Italy Jarno Trulli 1–9, 11–19
India Karun Chandhok 10
Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team
HRT Formula 1 Team
HRT-Cosworth F111 Cosworth CA2011 P 22 India Narain Karthikeyan 1–8, 17 India Narain Karthikeyan
Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 9–16, 18–19
23 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1–16, 18–19
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 17
Russia Marussia Virgin Racing Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 Cosworth CA2011 P 24 Germany Timo Glock All Canada Robert Wickens
25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio All

Season calendarEdit

27 March - Australian Grand Prix

Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne

10 April - Malaysian Grand Prix

Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

17 April - Chinese Grand Prix

China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

8 May - Turkish Grand Prix

Turkey Istanbul Park, Istanbul

Melbourne110327
Kualalumpur110410
Shanghai110417
Istanbul110508

22 May - Spanish Grand Prix

Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló

29 May - Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

12 June - Canadian Grand Prix

Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

26 June - European Grand Prix

Spain Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia

Catalunya110522
Monaco110529
Montreal11
Valencia110626

10 July - British Grand Prix

United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

24 July - German Grand Prix

Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg

31 July - Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest

28 August - Belgian Grand Prix

Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot

11 September - Italian Grand Prix

Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza

25 September - Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

9 October - Japanese Grand Prix

Japan Suzuka Circuit, Mie

16 October - Korean Grand Prix

South Korea Korea International Circuit, Yeongam

30 October - Indian Grand Prix

India Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

12 November - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

27 November - Brazlilian Grand Prix

Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo

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Season reviewEdit

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
3 China Chinese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
4 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
8 Spain European Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari Report
10 Germany German Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
14 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 South Korea Korean Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
17 India Indian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
18 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
19 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault Report

Drivers' standingsEdit

Constructors' standingsEdit

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