Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Montreal, 2011

Renault: Heidfeld crash leaves Petrov fifth

2011 Canadian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault were set for a good haul of points – which would have cut their gap to Ferrari in the constructors’ championship – until Heidfeld crashed out.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 9 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’14.062 (-0.023) 1’14.085
Race position 5
Laps 55/70 70/70
Pit stops 2 2

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
Nick Heidfeld 146.887 126.186 125.218 122.854 101.891 100.761 97.757 106.108 114.308 130.294 125.997 121.03 97.051 96.436 96.265 97.153 97.93 97.542 104.257 109.467 104.906 113.505 131.779 135.864 140.34 126.424 123.891 121.977 123.36 120.907 122.007 122.482 120.933 109.29 93.12 105.444 117.453 125.173 123.925 92.742 91.599 92.757 90.786 90.692 90.086 89.339 88.823 88.749 87.914 88.129 102.527 93.983 87.759 85.135
Vitaly Petrov 148.629 126.257 124.052 122.811 102.088 101.374 97.586 105.904 114.407 129.904 126.135 120.355 96.944 96.642 98.116 96.945 96.262 97.346 108.752 109.964 106.591 108.858 131.277 136.239 141.597 126.084 123.368 121.9 123.416 121.459 121.382 122.368 120.938 94.849 108.374 109.294 114.875 125.469 122.167 93.462 92.144 91.764 91.956 89.327 89.552 89.648 88.529 88.715 88.971 88.027 90.582 104.817 95.201 84.057 85.792 104.434 102.712 103.96 120.337 85.426 81.841 84.033 80.964 80.037 79.117 79.314 79.054 79.502 79.436
Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, Montreal, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, Montreal, 2011

Nick Heidfeld

Having been warned to up his game in qualifying Heidfeld did precisely that: joining Petrov in Q3 and pipping his team mate to ninth by a mere two-hundredths of a second.

He also ran a higher downforce set-up in anticipation of the Sunday rain. Both cars avoided making an early pit stop for intermediates and Heidfeld was up to foutrh, Petrov in his wheel tracks, when the race was suspended.

Heidfeld survived an attack from Paul di Resta on lap 42. But three laps later Michael Schumacher had fourth place off him, using DRS to pass on the straight heading to the final corner.

After switching to slicks on lap 52 Heidfeld came out of the pits behind Kamui Kobayashi. He nudged the back of the Sauber at the Senna hairpin, breaking his front wing.

The wing broke up and folded under the car, causing him to skate off down the escape road at turn three and into retirement. He felt he would have been fifth had it not been for the crash.

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov was delayed by throttle and radio problem in the first practice session.

He ran behind Heidfeld until his team mate retired. When the race restarted on lap 60 he overtook Kobayashi for fifth, where he finished.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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