Robert Kubica was very happy with Renault’s F-duct upgrade and finished on the podium for the third time this year.
Without minor problems in qualifying and the race this was a Grand Prix Renault could have won.
Team mate Vitaly Petrov joined him in the points despite a costly crash in qualifying that left him on the back row.
|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (None)||Team mate no time|
|Average race lap||2’01.540 (-0.463)||2’02.003|
Renault said their new F-duct worked exactly as expected from the first moment they used it in practice. Kubica qualified third and could have been on the front had a fuel pick-up problem not delayed him in Q3.
As the rain started to fall at the start of the race Kubica made a mistake at Eau Rouge, allowing Jenson Button by into second place. Sebastian Vettel also passed him at the restart, but after the pair collided Kubica was back in second.
He apologised to the team for losing that place after hitting his pit crew during his final pit stop:
I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think anyone thought we could be so competitive here. We were in the top five in all conditions in every single session. Today we have seen good pace.
Unfortunately we lost second place due to my mistake. I got distracted in the pit lane. In order to change tyres we have to adjust the front wing, change some settings on the steering wheel. I couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót do it on the race track because it was so slippery, so I had to do it in the pit lane before stopping and unfortunately there wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót enough time and when I managed to change everything it was quite late to brake and I locked the front wheels and unfortunately I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót manage to get into my pit box. I went wide, went to the right, hit some guys, mechanics but fortunately they are fine and lost second place there.
It was a very tricky race but we?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen very good pace. Started third, managed to finish third, of course thanks to some bad luck and good luck, but it was a good place.
Qualified last after crashing in Q1 by getting onto a wet kerb at turn nine – a repeat of a mistake he made in Spain earlier this year. Pedro de la Rosa’s engine change penalty promoted Petrov to 23rd.
Petrov made up for it with a mature, error-free drive through the field to ninth place in difficult conditions. He avoided the trouble at the start to run 11th and put a bold pass on Nico Rosberg around the outside of Les Combes.
Having started on the soft tyres he had to make a pit stop which meant he finished behind the Mercedes drivers in the end.
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