Heidfeld started last and scored points while Petrov fell out of the points having run fifth.
|Nick Heidfeld||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (None)||No time|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Heidfeld had to evacuate his car during the final practice session as it became engulfed in flames as he headed down the straight out of Campsa.
Heidfeld described it as “the worst fire I sustained in my career”. He said: “There was a small hole in the right exhaust and then it overheated.
“Then, when I heard a strange noise, the power cut out and there were flames so I had to stop.”
The team weren’t able to repair his car in time for qualifying. He was given a dispensation from the 107% rule and started from the back of the grid.
He made up seven places at the start and ran the longest first stint of any driver, 21 laps, on hard tyres. That left him with three fresh sets of options for the final three stints.
He ended the race by passing Felipe Massa and both Saubers to finish eighth – in front of his team mate, who’d started 18 places ahead of him.
Petrov was delayed by a KERS problem on Friday but it was fixed in time for him to keep up his streak of reaching Q3 in every Grand Prix this year.
He gained a place at the start and ran sixth but wasn’t able to keep pace with the Mercedes and fell behind them at the first roud of pit stops.
He fell further back into the clutches of the Saubers who saved soft tyres for their last stints and both passed him, leaving him out of the points in 11th.
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
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- McLaren: Hamilton strong on “disastrous” Pirellis
- Ferrari: Alonso stars, Massa struggles
- Mercedes: Rosberg wanted Schumacher to let him pass
- Renault: Heidfeld eighth after “worst fire of my career”
- Williams: Maldonado reaches Q3 but still no points
- Sauber: Kobayashi gets point after puncture
- Force India hold back on aerodynamic upgrade
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