Points for Petrov (Renault race review)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 8 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’21.328 (+0.099) 1’21.229
Race position 5
Average race lap 1’37.270 (+9.573) 1’27.697
Laps 23/70 70/70
Pit stops 2 1

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Robert Kubica

At the end of free practice both Renaults had set faster times than both McLarens. But Kubica had a slow lap in Q3 – he felt the car was bottoming – and ended up half a second off the time he set in Q2.

Fifth place had been on the cards, but that went to Lewis Hamilton. Kubica was left in eighth place behind Nico Rosberg and – for the first time this year – his team mate.

Kubica’s race was ruined when his team released him into the path of Adrian Sutil in the pits. He carried on after that, was handed a stop-go penalty and later retired with front suspension damage incurred in the collision.

His no-score allowed Felipe Massa to overtake him in the drivers’ championship.

Compare Robert Kubica’s form against his team mate in 2010

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov seized on his team mate’s qualifying troubles to start a career-best seventh and ahead of Kubica for the first time ever.

It got better at the beginning of the race when he made a strong start and briefly ran fifth. He was passed by Lewis Hamilton on the second lap and admitted he didn’t defend too strongly as he was struggling to get his tyres up to temperature.

Hamilton’s retirement left him on course for fifth place which he took with Nico H???lkenberg’s Williams 3.6 seconds behind:

I feel wonderful because we did everything almost perfect today.

I made a good start and managed to pass Rosberg and Hamilton into the first corner, which was our target. After that, I didn?t try and block Lewis too much because I had a problem with my tyre warm-up. I lost a lot of grip and I was fighting the car. I decided to let him through rather than risk losing more positions.

The points today are very important for us because Mercedes didn?t score any. Also, I have a lot of friends and family here today so I?m pleased I could give them a good result.
Vitaly Petrov

Compare Vitaly Petrov’s form against his team mate in 2010

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