Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Renault: Boullier unhappy with single point

2011 European GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Valencia, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Valencia, 2011

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.”

Mercedes have closed the gap to Renault in the championship and are now just three points behind.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 9 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.781 (-0.287) 1’39.068
Race position 10 15
Laps 56/57 56/57
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
Nick Heidfeld 117.645 107.932 107.682 107.509 107.294 107.234 106.863 107.223 107.04 107.25 123.283 110.547 107.838 105.977 108.486 106.336 107.161 105.727 105.562 105.607 105.512 105.653 105.986 105.744 105.782 106.215 123.01 110.002 104.979 104.738 104.74 104.655 105.099 104.756 104.646 104.803 105.224 105.055 105.188 120.937 110.617 104.282 104.445 104.661 104.955 104.337 105.512 103.99 104.169 104.947 103.901 106.578 104.226 104.159 104.111 104.467
Vitaly Petrov 120.928 109.444 108.588 109.183 108.408 107.915 107.592 108.014 108.001 107.703 107.895 108.099 107.831 108.174 125.037 111.249 105.974 106.272 105.904 105.927 106.264 106.074 106.44 106.862 107.005 106.521 121.34 110.79 106.513 104.424 104.082 104.309 104.27 104.442 104.383 104.154 104.464 104.314 119.714 109.223 103.151 103.317 103.771 103.933 107.897 107.496 104.768 104.253 106.048 104.301 104.135 104.96 104.7 104.459 104.773 105.356

Nick Heidfeld

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.”

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

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.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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