Renault: Heidfeld crash leaves Petrov fifth

2011 Canadian GP team review

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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10 comments on Renault: Heidfeld crash leaves Petrov fifth

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th June 2011, 17:27

    Heidfeld looks uncharacteristically (wow, long word, checked spelling 2s) for him to be as crash and damage prone as he has been so far at Renault.

    Petrov shows how dropping a rookie after just one year is a waste of ressources invested. He has upped his game and I figuere, that had he stood against Kubica he might have even took it a notch further.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 13th June 2011, 17:41

      Agree on both statements.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 13th June 2011, 18:07

      I would have to disagree about the Petrov statement. Other than the 1st race of the season, he hasn’t done anything exceptional so far. Even in Canada, all he did was stay out of trouble. Drivers such as Webber and Schumacher were behind him at some point of the race and he was unable to hold them off, or even put up a fight.

      • dyslexicbunny said on 13th June 2011, 18:25

        Well you can say that about Schumi too near the end. DRS makes defending somewhat pointless in cases and the wet conditions could make it somewhat risky.

        I think he’s getting much better and should be strong next year. He’s not Kubica but I don’t think anyone is asking him to be. Besides, had they dropped him, who would be there in his place?

    • Derek said on 13th June 2011, 23:10

      first Kubica photos after his hard accident
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDgm-jijeYQ
      GET WELL SOON ROBERT :-)))

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 13th June 2011, 23:55

      Now I think Petrov stood well, Heidfeld is only temporarily solution. I miss Kubica! Now they will be good duo.

  2. slr said on 13th June 2011, 18:09

    I thought both drivers did really well, I thought Heidfeld was really unlucky with his incident with Kobayashi. It’s also good to see Petrov going well. Renault’s drivers seem to have an awful lot bad luck, hopefully that changes so that we can see just how good Renault really are.

  3. MattHT (@mattht) said on 13th June 2011, 22:32

    Agree with those saying that Petrov has upped his game a bit. That’s obvious, as at times last year he was bordering on terrible, and this year despite lacking some real good results, he’s a lot more focused it seems, and more aware of whats going on around him – you can’t blame him for not defending overtakes very well on that track – as a few drivers showed us, you only had to go few inches off line and it was game over. Good stuff from the Russian.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th June 2011, 23:01

    Impeccable parking from Heidfeld just off turn 3, very impressive! Also nice to see Petrov managed to avoid killing a marshall.

    I think Petrov is doing a great job, him and Kubica may be on more of a par next year than people think. That’s if Kubica comes back :/

  5. Eggry (@eggry) said on 13th June 2011, 23:47

    In my guess Renault finally reintroduced their once famous launch control. This time it’s to the air!

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