Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Istanbul, 2011

Renault: Heidfeld unhappy with Petrov after contact

2011 Turkish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heidfeld says Petrov’s move on him during the Turkish Grand Prix was “not safe”.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 9 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’26.659 (+0.363) 1’26.296
Race position 7 8
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 4 4

Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 57 58
Nick Heidfeld 100.734 97.163 96.263 95.227 95.351 94.976 94.566 94.582 94.883 94.815 113.721 95.978 94.56 93.696 93.762 93.733 93.829 94.175 93.966 94.02 93.797 94.427 109.6 94.123 92.969 93.189 94.077 93.355 93.133 93.742 93.429 93.84 93.574 93.971 93.258 92.989 108.091 92.172 93.241 92.733 92.29 92.219 92.244 91.952 92.37 92.167 107.784 90.436 90.361 91.144 90.844 90.158 90.405 91.252 90.949 90.872 90.601 90.657
Vitaly Petrov 100.33 97.306 95.448 94.681 94.877 94.802 95.765 95.277 110.358 95.668 97.463 95.375 93.902 93.743 93.89 93.624 94.075 94.244 94.278 110.279 93.076 93.252 94.192 93.166 93.591 92.755 93.29 93.513 93.441 93.382 93.452 93.734 93.654 94.112 110.126 92.861 92.6 92.774 92.217 93.151 92.504 92.527 92.516 92.441 92.458 107.508 91.036 90.618 90.807 92.297 92.055 91.39 91.144 91.298 91.261 93.406 91.059 91.677
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Istanbul, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Istanbul, 2011

Nick Heidfeld

Slipped from ninth to tenth at the start before overtaking Rubens Barrichello.

He made his first pit stop on lap ten and came out behind his team mate. Heidfeld tried to take advantage of Petrov bring delayed behind Pastor Maldonado and Jaime Alguersuari but found himself pushed towards the pit lane entrance by Petrov.

Heidfeld gesticulated angrily at the other Renault and said afterwards: “That’s not nice. It shouldn’t happen.

“He just pushed me wide and we made contact. It’s not a safe thing to do.”

Heidfeld also complained about being stuck in traffic, though he passed Paul di Resta at turn nine in the middle of the race.

He finally passed Petrov down the inside of turn one on lap 51 to take eighth, and then claimed seventh from Sebastien Buemi.

Heidfeld was catching sixth-placed Jenson Button when the race finished. But he and Petrov both had to save fuel during the race which cost them time.

Engine support leader Riccardo Penteado said: “We planned an aggressive strategy to try and catch Jenson at the end and fuel consumption was very high, even higher than in qualifying, so we were very tight on fuel with both cars.

“It almost worked and Nick wasn?t far away ?ǣ just over a second.”

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov felt he could have got into the top six in qualifying. He lost a place to Michael Schumacher at the start but took it back at turn 12 on the second lap, only for the Mercedes driver to hit him.

Running wide, Petrov fell behind Massa. He was unhappy about the contact, saying: “I think what really affected my position today was the collision with Michael early in the race.

“He hit my car and then I was stuck behind some slower drivers after the first pit stop. If this had not happened, my race would have been much stronger and I could have pulled away.”

Petrov made a very early first pit stop on lap eight and spent the next three stints on the hard tyres. He passed Buemi for eighth on the last lap.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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