Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

Renault recover from Friday drama for podium

2011 Malaysian GPPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld dispelled memories of his tough weekend in Melbourne with a podium in Sepang.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 6 8
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’36.124 (-0.2) 1’36.324
Race position 3 17
Laps 56/56 52/56
Pit stops 3 3

Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Nick Heidfeld 111.553 105.025 104.629 104.815 104.826 104.763 105.013 105.148 105.871 106.039 106.711 107.944 111.911 126.584 105.316 105.109 104.767 104.399 103.832 103.531 103.204 107.084 103.586 104.136 104.677 106.991 121.444 102.668 102.713 102.559 102.444 102.544 102.982 102.722 103.045 102.723 102.757 103.43 106.076 120.537 102.075 102.859 104.012 102.442 102.487 101.711 101.547 102.181 102.37 101.953 103.02 102.683 101.949 102.802 102.579 102.129
Vitaly Petrov 114.438 105.53 105.451 105.737 108.704 106.032 105.52 105.235 105.138 105.723 105.648 106.496 107.601 107.773 111.124 124.569 104.045 103.916 103.442 103.41 104.194 104.117 103.711 104.065 104.392 106.559 108.677 121.946 102.689 102.578 103.21 104.115 103.752 103.038 103.014 103.162 102.673 103.328 103.459 103.527 104.125 104.615 105.112 108.969 125.963 101.383 101.311 102.302 101.054 101.511 101.16 101.404
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

Nick Heidfeld

The first sign of something wrong at Renault came when Heidfeld’s front-right brake locked solid during first practice.

He had to drive back to the pits with smoke coming from the disintegrating tyre. Renault later traced the fault back to a bad batch of a parts and replaced them.

Heidfeld put the car in sixth on the grid and made a rapid start to claim second.

He was jumped by both McLarens who pitted earlier than him at the first round of pit stops. But come the end of the race he reaped the benefit of stopping later. His tyres were in better condition and he easily passed Lewis Hamilton for third place.

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov had an alarming failure at the front-left of his car during first practice, sending him into the gravel at turn eight. It had the same cause as Heidfeld’s problem.

From eighth on the grid he passed both Ferraris at the start, but it all fell apart on lap five. First he was passed by Felipe Massa, then he slid off the track and lost another place to Fernando Alonso.

He twice overtook Kamui Kobayashi for eighth place but his race came to a dramatic end on lap 53.

He understeered wide at turn eight and was thrown high in the air by a bump. The landing broke the mount on his steering column, putting him out of the race.

Petrov said: “I made a small mistake which shouldn?t have had the consequences it had.

“I went wide and the car took off on the kerb, landing hard. Both cars should have been in the points today, but the good news is that we clearly have the pace needed to compete this season.”

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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