Valencia Won and Lost in the Pits


What Happens When the Tires Aren’t Ready on Time

— While the moves on the track were not the most dramatic, what happened on pit lane definitely had a sense of drama at times in the European GP at Valencia.  McLaren did not have tires ready for Lewis Hamilton’s second stop, and he lost 5 seconds while the tires were brought out.  Rubens Barichello had previously leapfrogged Heikki Kovalainen to take second, and gained enough advantage because of Hamilton’s overlong stop to maintain his lead over Hamilton during his own second stop and win the race.

Also, Luca Badoer suffered a drive-through penalty (not for speeding on the pit lane) for touching the white line on pit exit after allowing Renault’s rookie driver Romain Grosjean to pass him for position on the pit lane.  Sebastain Vettel did not finish the race, as another engine failed for him this weekend.  Sebastein Buemi’s brakes failed dramatically and resulted in his not completing race distance.  Finally, Kazuki Nakajima had a tire failure that did not allow him to return to the pits until the race was completed and ended his race early.

Unofficial Results:
1. Barichello
2. Hamilton
3. Raikkonen
4. Kovalainen
5. Rosberg
6. Alonso
7. Button
8. Kubica
9. Webber
10. Sutil
11. Heidfeld
12. Fisichella
13. Trulli
14. Glock
15. Grosjean
16. Alguersuari
17. Badoer
Nakajima, Vettel, and Buemi did not finish.

Driver’s Championship Standings After the Race:

1. Button 72
2. Barrichello 54
3. Webber 51.5
4. Vettel 47
5. Rosberg 29.5
6. Hamilton 27
7. Raikkonen 24
8. Trulli 22.5
9. Massa 22
10. Glock 16
11. Alonso 16
12. Kovalainen 14
13. Heidfeld 6
14. Buemi 3
15. Kubica 3
16. Bourdais 2
17. Fisichella 0
18. Sutil 0
19. Piquet 0
20. Nakajima 0
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1 Comment

  1. What a disappointment for McLaren: how to throw away a race (almost) won. Barrichello did well his job: Button has to start worrying for the championship?


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