Kubica’s fightback (Renault race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A late puncture cost Kubica seven places but he took all bar one of them back.

Meanwhile team mate Petrov might have finished in ninth place if he hadn’t been lapped.

Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 8 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’46.949 (-1.216) 1’48.165
Race position 7 11
Average race lap 1’57.379 (-0.581) 1’57.960
Laps 61/61 60/61
Pit stops 2 1

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Robert Kubica

Kubica’s practice was disrupted when he missed most of the driest of the three sessions (FP2) with a hydraulic problem. He only did one lap in Q3 and it was good for eighth place.

He didn’t pit until after the safety car came out for the second time, which cost him a place to Nico Rosberg.

Worse, he had to make a second pit stop after his engineers detected a right-rear puncture:

The engineers spotted a right-rear puncture on the data ?ǣ it must have been some debris that cut the tyre, because I didn?t touch the wall and couldn?t feel anything in the cockpit.
Robert Kubica

That relegated him to 13th but with fresher tyres he quickly despatched the Toro Rosso pair, his team mate, Felipe Massa and Nico H???lkenberg.

But his most impressive move was his final one, taking seventh off Adrian Sutil around the outside of Mermorial corner. Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton, take note: that’s how it’s done cleanly.

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

Vitaly Petrov

Renault decided not to run an F-duct on Petrov’s car as he already had his hands full coping with Singapore’s 23 turns. Besides which, the device brings far less of an advantage at a track where less than half of the lap is spent at full throttle.

He started 12th after a crash in Q2, though he had been in the top ten when he hit the wall.

Nico H???lkenberg strong-armed his way by on lap seven, which also allowed Sutil and Massa to demote the Renault.

He ended the race in 11th place but might have been promoted into the points had he not allowed Fernando Alonso to lap him on the final tour.

Finishing a lap down meant he could not be promoted as a result of the post-race penalties given to Sutil and H???lkenberg.

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

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