Petrov demoted to 20th for Glock block

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov has been given a five-place grid penalty for holding up Timo Glock in qualifying.

Petrov held Glock up immediately after coming out of the pits at the start of Q1.

Glock also has a penalty as his mechanics had to open his gearbox. He starts from the back of the grid and Petrov is demoted to 20th. Here’s the revised grid:

Row 1 1. Fernando Alonso 1’21.962
2. Jenson Button 1’22.084
Row 2 3. Felipe Massa 1’22.293
4. Mark Webber 1’22.433
Red Bull-Renault
Row 3 5. Lewis Hamilton 1’22.623
6. Sebastian Vettel 1’22.675
Red Bull-Renault
Row 4 7. Nico Rosberg 1’23.027
8. Nico H???lkenberg 1’23.037
Row 5 9. Robert Kubica 1’23.039
10. Rubens Barrichello 1’23.328
Row 6 11. Adrian Sutil 1’23.199
Force India-Mercedes
12. Michael Schumacher 1’23.388
Row 7 13. Kamui Kobayashi 1’23.659
14. Sebastien Buemi 1’23.681
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Row 8 15. Jaime Alguersuari 1’23.919
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
16. Pedro de la Rosa 1’24.044
Row 9 17. Jarno Trulli 1’25.540
18. Heikki Kovalainen 1’25.742
Row 10 19. Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’25.774
Force India-Mercedes
20. Vitaly Petrov 1’23.819
Row 11 21. Lucas di Grassi 1’25.974
22. Bruno Senna 1’26.847
Row 12 23. Sakon Yamamoto 1’27.020
24. Timo Glock 1’25.934

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32 comments on “Petrov demoted to 20th for Glock block”

  1. time for another race through the field?

    1. Much like dangling a carrot on a stick, Petrov will have his contract dangling from his helmet for some giant killing feats.

      1. But he is keeping us watching him, isn’t he?

        And his time is not that far from Kubica’s, when taking in account the Q2 times.

  2. Pure team failure and not Petrov’s fault.
    Renault have been unable to look out for their second driver consistently through the years.

    Considering this is monza, as you exit the pits you are unlikely to see anything, then suddenly a car will just pop out of nowhere as they carry a great load of speed through that start finish line.

    The team should have warned Petrov that a car was about to start a lap afterall they released Petrov at the time he went on track.

    1. Have to say I agree.

    2. I agree too Oliver and think that is a good assessment.

    3. Yes, that does seem like a fair assessment of the situation, there isn’t enough time to do anything for a driver even if you manage to see the other car coming in your left mirror – you will be too late to avoid a block.

    4. Agree. The pit-lane exit at Monza is pretty ridiculous anyway; I think it should have its own-mini chicane (to control speeds) and feed out onto the apex of the chicane exit.

    5. Exactly, a shame Petrov will now have a pretty tough job from behind. Let’s hope we’ll see him doing some great slipstreaming and passing on track to get some points home again.

    6. I’m willing to bet Renault’s plan was to drop him onto the circuit and have him through the first chicane before Glock got there and then move over through the Curva Grande – but they mis-timed it.

    7. Yeah, I felt really bad for Petrov. I think he truly had no idea anyone was coming.

      1. The drivers genuinely don’t. This was my one big sticking point with the Webber-Vettel clash in Istanbul: cars have a blind spot. The wing mirrors only afford a limited view of what is happening behind. Combined with the high sidewalls of the cockpit and the HANS device which prevents them from turning their heads, drivers don’t have a hell of a lot of peripheral vision. Glock encountered Petrov right as the Russian was entering the first chicane, and the racing line into that corner put the Virgin at an oblique angle to Petrov’s Renault. Poor old Petrov didn’t stand a chance of seeing him.

        And to make matters worse, his future with Renault will apparently be decided on the basis of his Monza and Singapore races. If he doesn’t meet the team’s standards, they’re said to be trying to get him into a Lotus as a part of an engine supply deal, but this mistake by the team doesn’t help his chances. Then again, he did go from the back to the front at Spa.

    1. Nice, thanks. Just under 10mph difference between Lewis

    2. Nice, thanks. Just under 10mph difference between Lewis a and Jenson. Huge!
      Just goes to show these cars are all about turning and stopping :)

      1. Sorry, keyboard spasm there…

  3. OK, I obviously read that headline wrong *childish snicker*

    1. I didn’t, hopefully Keith is as pleased as I am that he was able to use it.

    2. Petrov Glock-blocked a Virgin!

      1. Yer, I think this is the best heading in the history of F1F.

        Petrov Glock-blocked a Virgin!


      2. Petrov Glock-blocked a Virgin!

        Haha fantastic!

      3. Petrov Glock-blocked a Virgin!


        1. Whoops. Had a bit of a blockquote mishap there.

      4. oh my, congratulations Itchyes, that was brilliant.

    3. Sorry, haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about!

      1. No you’re not the only one Keith, I don’t know about that either!

        Unlucky for Petrov, but the stewards’ made the correct call. A bad pit lane exit and a mis-timed release by his team cost him those 5 places, hopefully he can entertain us by making a few places up during the race.


        1. No-one seems to be getting writers Glock over this. However, have to agree with Nathan on this. It wasn’t really petrov’s fault just a poor mistake by the team.

          Or was it a mistake? This is exactly the sort of thing Renault might try to stop other teams from doing well… oh sorry just remembered wouldn’t make much difference to Virgin

          1. Just had another thought. Hope the Virgin teams f1 cars aren’t made by the people who build the Virgin Galactic things otherwise they’ll just breakdown before they reach space

  4. Anyone heard the excuses from Tonio Liuzzi?

    Great driving from Trulli. The difference between the Virgins and the Lotus cars is very small indeed. But still about 1.5 secs behind the slowest established team (if we can discount Tonio).
    The HRTs another second behind that, it shows that they are still having trouble.

    1. You can’t blame Liuzzi, his car failed him!

    2. If your car refuses to move, what better excuse can you have.

  5. Expected more from Sauber & Kubica.

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