Robert Kubica, Renault, Interlagos, 2010

Kubica frustrated by H???lkenberg’s defence

Renault race reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

It was a frustrating race for Renault as Robert Kubica made little progress and Vitaly Petrov went off on the first lap.

The team are certain to finish fifth in the constructors’ championship whatever happens in Abu Dhabi.

Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 7 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’16.552 (-1.104) 1’17.656
Race position 9 16
Laps 70/71 70/71
Pit stops 1 2

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Robert Kubica

Was happy just to have avoided going off during the wet qualifying session:

It was a very difficult qualifying session. We made the right choices with the tyres in the final part of the session, but when I completed my quickest lap on the slicks, I was happy just to have made it round without any mistakes because I was struggling to keep the car on the track.

It was hard to get enough temperature into the tyres and our downforce level for the dry probably didn?t help in this respect ?ǣ but it?s always easy to see what you could have done better after the session.
Robert Kubica

In the race he found himself strategically snookered. By lap 14 the team had to bring him in to make sure he didn’t fall behind Jenson Button and Felipe Massa, who had already pitted.

But Williams chose to bring Nico H???lkenberg in on the same lap and Kubica was doomed to spend the remaining 59 laps of the race behind the FW32:

It was a tough race this afternoon. I spent every lap in traffic but I didn?t have enough of a performance advantage over H???lkenberg to get past: I was losing a lot of time in the low-speed corners, and I couldn?t use our top speed advantage because I was stuck on the rev limiter for a long time on the main straight, so couldn?t attack him.
Robert Kubica

The H???lkenberg-Kubica train was briefly held up by Petrov for two laps:

The other critical part of the race came just after my pit stop, when H???lkenberg and I were running behind my team-mate for a number of laps and we couldn?t make the most of our fresh tyres, which cost me a position to Schumacher.
Robert Kubica

They were later held up further by Adrian Sutil, so that they were lapped shortly before the safety car period.

Kubica ended the race behind H???lkenberg in ninth.

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

Vitaly Petrov

Made it through to Q3 but was the only driver who couldn’t improve his time after switching from intermediate to slick tyres.

He ran wide at the start and fell from tenth to 22nd on lap one. After picking his way past the Virgins and Lotuses he moved up to tenth as the other cars pitted.

Jenson Button passed him on lap 17, shortly before he pitted. Massa also passed the Renault driver at the end of the race, leaving him 16th.

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

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