Renault got both cars in the points for the second time this year:
|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’14.835 (-0.472)||1’15.307|
|Average race lap||1’19.711 (-0.215)||1’19.926|
Kubica positioned himself well out of turn one to gain a few places but was boxed in behind Lewis Hamilton.
For an illustration of Renault’s straight-line speed weakness compared to McLaren, watch the replay of the start and see how Kubica was powerless to get past Jenson Button despite having a good run on him out of turns three and four.
That left him seventh which was was where he finished after successfully fending off the two Mercedes, particularly on lap 18 when he came out of the pits and found Michael Schumacher right behind him.
However he was unhappy at being lapped by the flying Ferraris before the end of the race:
I think we had a good weekend considering the car’s potential at this circuit. There were some exciting moments during the race: I made a good start and was fighting to pass Hamilton into turn two when he braked early, and I ended up losing positions to Button and Webber.
Then, after my stop, I had a good battle with Michael to keep my position – but I also had to make sure I didn’t lose too much time fighting with him, because I had to maintain a good pace to stay in front of Rosberg who hadn’t yet stopped.
Overall, though, the gap to the front-runners was too big for us to fight for more than seventh place, so I think we must be pleased that we achieved our maximum.
Picked up a point for tenth place – which surprised and pleased him as he thought he’d finished 11th.
Petrov was heard being warned on the radio to shift up to seventh gear earlier. But chief race engineer Alan Permane said afterwards he was happy with the Russian’s performance:
As for Vitaly, he put in an excellent drive: he made a good start, and then managed to overtake two cars at the stops. This meant we finished with both cars in the points for the second time this year, and we can be happy with that.
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