Renault expected little from the Spanish Grand Prix weekend but Robert Kubica once again made sure the team scored points.
|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’21.599 (-0.54)||1’22.139|
|Average race lap||1’28.148 (-0.78)||1’28.928|
Kubica suffered a setback on the first lap when he collided with Kamui Kobayashi:
The first three corners were very tough. I was in a battle for position with Felipe in the first corner, then unfortunately on power I nearly lost the car, so I nearly spun, that’s why Kobayashi went on the outside on turn three. He didn’t leave any space, we touched – he was closing and I had some understeer – and I damaged my front wing and lost a couple of places.
He’d didn’t change his front wing because it would have help up his first pit stop too much. Instead, he persevered with it until the end of the race.
He amde a couple of attempts to get past Adrian Sutil but remained stuck behind the Force India driver to the flag.
Was half a second off Kubica’s pace in qualifying, which is the closest he’s been all year. But he crashed in final practice for the second time in as many races and had to take a five-place grid penalty as the team replaced his gearbox.
Stayed 19th on the first lap before working his way past the new teams’ cars, then got ahead of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Kamui Kobayashi via his pit stop. Nico Hülkenberg and Lewis Hamilton’s retirements promoted him to 11th by the end of the race.