Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Melbourne, 2011

Heidfeld knocked out in Q1 after KERS problem

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Melbourne, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Melbourne, 2011

Nick Heidfeld failed to progress beyond Q1 after experiencing a problem with his Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

Heidfeld said: “I?m disappointed to be starting the season from so far back.

“It wasn?t an easy session and I had a problem with the KERS, which meant I had to change some settings, and that cost me one of my timed laps.”

He also lost some time trying to pass other cars: “There was so much traffic and I tried to find some free space, but it didn?t work out for me.

“It?s bad luck, but I must try and put that behind me now. As we have seen with Vitaly, the car seems to have good pace and the race is wide open, so hopefully I can move forward and fight for points.”

Team mate Vitaly Petrov will start 12 places ahead of his team mate:

“After all the hard work during a very tough winter for the whole team, it feels great to come here and qualify on the third row.

“There was a lot of pressure in Q3 because I only had one run, right at the end of the session. So there were no second chances and I?m glad I was able to deliver the lap.

“The car has felt good right from the start of practice and we?ve improved it constantly during each session. I think we are in a great position for the race and that we can fight for some points tomorrow.

“I?m not too worried about the tyres because they have been working well for us so far and we have not seen the drop off that we saw during winter testing.”

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