Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Barcelona, 2011

Renault: Heidfeld eighth after “worst fire of my career”

2011 Spanish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heidfeld started last and scored points while Petrov fell out of the points having run fifth.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 24 6
Qualifying time comparison (None) No time
Race position 8 11
Laps 65/66 65/66
Pit stops 3 3

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 59 60 61
Nick Heidfeld 105.164 94.838 94.52 93.91 93.737 93.373 93.942 93.343 93.166 93.141 93.452 94.138 94.333 93.628 93.813 96.3 94.318 93.618 93.529 93.493 97.521 107.556 89.817 91.494 91.304 89.786 89.499 90.124 93.926 92.605 89.433 89.8 90.507 90.493 91.5 93.604 108.332 87.915 88.282 89.662 88.529 88.712 88.019 88.581 89.902 89.042 89.479 90.437 90.117 93.128 105.392 89.301 87.367 88.349 87.999 87.385 87.184 88.035 88.945 87.181 86.958
Vitaly Petrov 98.084 92.394 91.62 91.181 91.523 91.689 91.929 91.958 92.097 92.5 95.398 110.762 92.239 91.189 91.863 92.378 91.257 91.005 91.007 90.991 91.477 91.658 93.845 91.765 92.712 95.302 111.842 89.634 90.318 90.659 90.605 91.546 90.125 90.196 89.592 91.077 90.727 90.39 91.013 91.33 93.849 111.199 90.739 91.27 92.181 90.83 90.993 90.83 90.575 90.676 90.769 91.338 90.626 90.641 91.677 92.649 93.144 90.729 90.583 91.196 90.981
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Barcelona, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Barcelona, 2011

Nick Heidfeld

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.

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

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.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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