2011 European GP team review
Renault team principal Eric Boullier said the team should have scored more points in the European Grand Prix.
He said: “Given where we qualified, we were looking for a lot more from today’s race. Ninth and eleventh on the grid is enough to have a really competitive race well into the points.”
|Nick Heidfeld||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’38.781 (-0.287)||1’39.068|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Heidfeld out-qualified his team mate for the second race in a row but was passed by Adrian Sutil at the start.
He spent a frustrating race trying to get back past the Force India: “I managed to overtake him once but then he used DRS to get past me and unfortunately I was not able to attack any harder to get by him.
“It’s still another point gained for the team, but I did not expect to finish behind one Force India and one Toro Rosso.”
Petrov missed out on Q3 by five hundredths of a second.
He elected to start on medium tyres but that went badly wrong – he lost four places at the start, struggling for grip on the harder tyres.
Jaime Alguersuari passed him on lap four, leaving him 16th, and he came in to change to softs on lap 15.
That meant he ended the race on soft tyres while the cars in front of him were on mediums. He passed Kamui Kobayashi for 15th place but wasn’t able to progress any further.
2011 European Grand Prix
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- McLaren: Only third-fastest in Valencia
- Mercedes: Schumacher takes blame for collision
- Toro Rosso: Alguersuari bounces back
- Sauber: Perez nearly grabs a point with one-stopper
- Renault: Boullier unhappy with single point
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