Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Korea, 2010

Petrov looking to bounce back in Brazil

Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov admits he is hoping for a better race weekend in Brazil having crashed out of the last two Grands Prix.

The Russian driver said:

When you have tough races like Japan and Korea, you can?t wait to get back in the car to forget those bad memories, so I?m really looking forward to Interlagos.

But it?s difficult to know what to expect because I?ve never been to Brazil before and it?s another new challenge for me. It?s a famous circuit because there have been so many great races there, especially in the last few years with the championship being decided. I remember watching these races on television so it will be great to experience it for real.
Vitaly Petrov

The short Interlagos track only took an hour to learn on Renault’s simulator, according to Petrov:

After Korea I went straight to Enstone to see the engineers and to talk about Brazil. The team have lots of data from last year, which is useful for learning the track because you can see the gears, the braking, the line, and you can start to understand the lap more.

I also went back in the simulator to help me learn the Interlagos circuit. It only takes an hour to know the track pretty well and to have the confidence to start pushing.
Vitaly Petrov

Robert Kubica finished second last year for BMW. He said Interlagos is a difficult circuit to get a good set-up for:

Brazil is a bit of a strange track and it?s really difficult to predict how we will perform. There is a long straight out of the last corner where the f-duct will give us lots of gain and this is also where the power of the engine will be important.

I think that we might have a lottery with the weather because Brazil gets unsettled conditions at this time of year, so it?s likely we will have some wet running, as we did in 2009. When it rains the track has very poor grip and you have to be lucky to get the perfect balance with the car.

It?s a difficult track for setting up the car because of the long straight and the uphill sections of the track. You have to choose between top speed, or running a lot of downforce and gaining through the corners, so it?s very difficult to balance those two things.

The track has a bit of everything ?ǣ low speed, high speed and it?s kind of an old school circuit so there are quite a lot of places where you can gain lap time. But, as I said before, it?s quite difficult to get everything in the right place with the balance and the car set-up.

You are very near the fans because the grandstands are very close, which makes the feeling on the grid very special. 95% of them are cheering for Brazilians, but it?s still a nice atmosphere.
Robert Kubica

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21 comments on “Petrov looking to bounce back in Brazil”

  1. Hopefully Petrov will get a good result. It would be a shame for him to be a dead-end investment and he seems like a nice guy.

    Robert, I’d go for the downforce every time. The straights may be long but extra downforce will give you so much more time over the lap. Of course there is the danger of being overtaken at the start…

    1. Having the weakest engine among the top runners, there’s only this much downforce they can put on the cars in order no to be completely lost on the straights.

      However, it’s amazing that despite of being underpowered, Renault are often able to be one of the fastest on the straights. This means they’ve got excellent mechanical grip and therefore can sacrifice a lot of aerodynamical downforce, so they can still be very fast in through corners.

      1. Having the weakest engine among the top runners, there’s only this much downforce they can put on the cars in order no to be completely lost on the straights.

        Red Bull seem to be doing alright!

      2. Or it means that Christian Horner talks a lot of nonsense with regard to the engines provided to his team by Renault. Horner tells anyone who will listen about how he must use this terrible, wheezing engine so the FIA will be less keen to hear realistic, and damaging, explanations for the freakish downforce level of the RB6; like the front diffuser-wings,lowering system, etc. As noted, Renault has very good top speed in general. The explanation that they have a more efficient F-Duct, or anything else, than RBR is not convincing.

  2. I suppose the F-duct makes the question one of exactly how much downforce, instead of low or high downforce as the trade of is far less.

    Petrov must be feeling his fate slipping from his hand and really into coming back with a bang, well actually without a bang, and score solid points for a change. I hope he does.

  3. Lol… bounce and Pet in the same sentence. Bounce back off of who or what is the most likely scenario.

    1. I was gonna say… bounce back off of what? the tyre barrier?

      1. I was thinking the exact same thing…

  4. As much as I hate to say it.. I can’t see Petrov in a Renault next year.

    On the bright side..things can’t really get any worse for him at the moment!

    1. if he is not last it always can be worse :)

  5. I think lack of testing is really hurting these new guys. If they more time in the car between races I’m sure they would perform better.. I think Petrov will improve..

    1. It’s not hurting Kobayashi or Hulkenberg nearly as much as Petrov.

      1. But Kobayashi and Hulkenberg had ties to Toyota and Williams befre they joined. Petrov didn’t even have a connection to a team until he signed with Renault.

  6. Petrov is a good driver but he has too fast car :)

    1. IMHO the driver should be faster than the car, not the other way around!

  7. I always hear how he is going to “bounce back” after a crash or something. Kobayashi is beating him in an inferior car and Hulkenberg is doing just as well in one too. I can see why they want him for sponsorship money but if you’re building a good car surely you want a 2 good drivers to race it!

  8. I think that Petrov will stay with the team for 2011.

    1. I hope for that too. They’d be mad to let him go in my opinion.

  9. I hope he gets some points in Brazil. He was on for a great finish in Korea.

  10. Really really want this guy to get some decent points. Load on the downforce, don’t make any mistakes and keep a cool head!

  11. “Petrov looking to bounce back in Brazil”

    Lets hope that comment does not come true literally.


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