A really interesting analysis by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport has shown that one team on this year’s Formula 1 grid is enjoying a perfect race reliability record, and it’s perhaps of little surprise to see that it’s also the team that has been dominating proceedings in 2011: Red Bull Racing.
While the team’s two cars have managed to complete the maximum 1,362 race laps run this season to-date, what’s incredible is that they’ve been able to do that at all in light of their rather dreadful reliability issues they’ve experienced in practice sessions.
The Adrian Newey-designed RB7s have experienced a malady of technical gremlins, from electrical, gearbox and hydraulics problems, while the seemingly unreliable KERS unit has often had to be switched disabled as a precautionary measure.
“Over the years it has been said that Adrian Newey’s cars were always fast but not always reliable. Those days are over,” the Auto Motor und Sport analysis reads.
“We are now better at knowing how to deal with Adrian’s extreme cars,” quipped Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
With a 96% laps completed record and in a very surprising second place is Force India – a team that typically does not enjoy a great reliability record – with drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta registering just a single DNF between them, with the Scot’s late retirement in Canada being the only one so far. The Silverstone squad benefits from a technical partnership with McLaren, and also runs with the ultra-reliable Mercedes engine.
Ferrari is third overall, with the scarlet cars having completed just 89 laps fewer than the leading Red Bulls. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have three DNFs between them, although two of these have been race accidents (Massa at Monaco; Alonso at Canada).
Tied on a 92.6% laps completed (1,261 laps in total) are McLaren and Toro Rosso, who are in turn followed by Renault (90.5%), Sauber (90%), Mercedes GP (88.2%) and Virgin Racing (87.6%).
There’s a significant gap to the three stragglers on the grid: Williams has endured an assortment of issues with the uninspiring FW34 and has just a 83.1% laps completed ratio, while Hispania Racing (78.5%) and Team Lotus (76.4%) bring up the rear.
HRT’s number is not helped by registering a double-DNQ at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, while Team Lotus has the worst finishing record on the grid with eight DNFs, including two double-DNFs.
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]