Renault: Petrov expects to race in Canada

2011 Monaco GP team review

Vitaly Petrov says his legs still hurt after his crash in Monaco but he expects to race in Canada.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 16 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’16.214 (+0.399) 1’15.815
Race position 8
Laps 77/78 67/78
Pit stops 3 1

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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Nick Heidfeld 98.007 84.489 83.111 82.622 82.338 82.557 81.869 81.688 81.981 81.536 81.222 82.155 81.482 81.65 82.087 81.876 81.786 81.697 81.515 81.683 81.704 82.103 82.64 81.243 81.417 82.417 81.108 81.737 82.254 81.919 81.988 83.257 101.748 131.573 121.496 117.536 115.438 82.25 82.667 82.747 82.178 80.982 81.178 80.264 79.95 80.012 80.054 80.399 82.428 80.118 79.642 79.771 80.225 80.081 79.936 80.561 81.415 80.57 81.286 81.535 80.681 82.576 80.209 79.822 80.104 79.647 79.562 90.994 118.409 103.234 121.832 83.91 81.492 78.467 78.092 77.857
Vitaly Petrov 92.954 82.559 81.78 81.189 81.178 80.902 81.113 80.533 80.426 81.343 81.628 83.075 82.346 85.631 83.096 80.652 80.449 80.486 81.651 81.645 82.01 82.263 82.582 83.906 84.079 82.328 81.741 104.187 83.91 80.609 80.375 81.565 86.046 131.084 90.742 87.424 85.737 107.724 85.42 82.993 84.337 82.372 80.697 80.3 81.106 81.406 81.688 81.286 81.143 80.826 81.022 80.596 80.76 80.553 80.365 80.594 80.058 80.329 80.067 80.124 80.575 80.198 80.603 81.666 83.983 85.587 84.572

Nick Heidfeld

Heidfeld could only manage 16th on the grid and had no excuse for his lack of pace:

“There were no problems with the car and I did have clear laps but obviously we weren?t as fast as we want to be.

“After Thursday?s running we knew we still had work to do, but I thought we would be able to make it into the top ten.”

He started the race on soft tyres and stayed out until lap 30 – the resulting pit stop confirming a rise from 15th at the start into the top ten.

From there he benefited from the retirements of his team mate and Pastor Maldonado to finish eighth.

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Monaco, 2011

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Monaco, 2011

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov told Renault’s website he “should be fine for Canada” although his legs are still hurting after his crash at the end of the Monaco Grand Prix.

He described what happened: “I saw a Force India go wide because I think he touched the wall and then he had a problem with a puncture.

“And then Alguersuari, I don’t know why he overtook be because he was [a lap down]. I think Alguersuari just start to brake because Lewis start to brake, he tried to avoid the accident, and he braked quite hard.

“And then Alguersuari tried to do the same but he touched Lewis’s tyre and he went flying a little bit. So in the same situation I just started to brake, I brake as hard as I can, but it was maybe too late because you cannot do anything in this situation. So I hit the wall.

I couldn’t get out of the car because my legs, first of all, were blocked. And also I didn’t feel them, so I thought I had a problem because it looked like my legs were broke or something. So I was just sitting in the car and waiting for the people to help me get out of the car.”

Petrov had missed out on Q3 for this first time this year, admitting the team were struggling with the super-soft tyres.

He started the race on them, then switched to softs on lap 28. He had begun to struggle on these tyres and had just been passed by Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton when he crashed.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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16 comments on Renault: Petrov expects to race in Canada

  1. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 30th May 2011, 12:32

    It will take sometime for the pain to heal but I too hope he will be back for Canada.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th May 2011, 13:42

      Yeah, he is turning into a solid asset on the grid. But it looks like Renault will not have very good run until the holidays, with all those races where they run the super softs. Will be interesting to see weather they rebound after that with strong pace.

  2. Ben N said on 30th May 2011, 12:42

    I shouldn’t be thinking this – but I really want a chance for Bruno Senna to show what he can do in a midfield car – and if Petrov is ruled out for one race that would be no bad thing for Senna!

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 30th May 2011, 12:57

    Nick did really well so congratulations to him. Shame about Petrov. I hope he is above for Canada, I like watching him race.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 30th May 2011, 15:30

      Since Australia (maybe Malaysia) he hasn’t been able of repeating his good performances, but so has Heidfeld and it might be the car’s fault.

  4. Ral said on 30th May 2011, 13:06

    Good to hear he’s ok. It must be scary sitting in your car after an accident and thinking you can’t feel your legs. Let’s hope he makes it ok for Canada.

  5. Ral said on 30th May 2011, 13:07

    Also, interesting to hear they’ve got problems with the supersoft tyres. So their car is the opposite of the Ferrari? Maybe they Boullier and Domenicali should have a chat ;)

  6. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 30th May 2011, 13:10

    More points for Nick, if the car is improved I can see Renault easily beating Mercedes in the constructors. Also I hope Vitaly gets well soon.

  7. BadAss said on 30th May 2011, 13:43

    Last year, at this point of the season, Kubica alone had more points then Vitaly an Nik this year thogether…

    • The last Neanderthal (@the-last-neanderthal) said on 30th May 2011, 13:56

      that is exactly correct and I don’t think there will be any difference at the end of he season
      PS: this scar R31 is a big improvement ( thanks to RK) compare with R30

      • Mike said on 31st May 2011, 6:53

        I wouldn’t be so sure, last yeah Kubica was constantly able to challenge the big teams, I suspect part of that at least was the car.

    • lionel said on 30th May 2011, 14:54

      coz diz guys r just worse than Kubica.
      Not only on track much worse than Kubica, it seems that Renault struggles with car development possibly bcoz low funds and poor feedback from drivers?

  8. hoshi said on 30th May 2011, 13:58

    its rare to hear a driver admit that he couldn’t perform in quali..

    appreciate nick for his honesty..rather than trying to invent reasons for his bad performance

  9. slr said on 30th May 2011, 14:42

    Heidfeld’s race pace was solid as ever in the race. But he really needs to sort his qualifying pace out, he could finish much higher if he was more consistent in quali.

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