2011 German GP team review
Vitaly Petrov was unhappy at being left out too long during his first stint.
|Nick Heidfeld||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’32.215 (+0.23)||1’31.985|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Nick Heidfeld was knocked out of Q3 by Petrov and started 11th.
He shared the sixth row with Paul di Resta, who got ahead of him at the start before Heidfeld ran into him.
Heidfeld said: “I was squeezed at the start and sandwiched in the second corner.
“Heading into the third corner Paul di Resta was on the outside. I locked up my front wheels and tried to avoid him but just slid into him as there was nowhere to go.”
He was making his way back through the pack when he caught Sebastien Buemi on lap ten. The Toro Rosso driver seemed not to see Heidfeld as the Renault driver made to pass him on the approach to the chicane.
Heidfeld was pushed onto the grass, briefly flew through the air, and came to a stop in a gravel trap.
“He blocked the left hand side, as he is allowed to do, but when I went to his right hand side he just moved over on me.
“He must have known I was there. I had a lot more speed than him and was on my way to pass. He just didn’t give me any room and pushed me on to the grass and after that there was nothing I could do.
“It was an accident which couldn’t be avoided. It’s never nice being up in the air in one of these cars and it could have been dangerous.”
Petrov started ninth and gained a place at the start, so was unhappy to eventually finish tenth.
Michael Schumacher passed him on lap two and Jenson Button made it by 15 laps later.
Petrov ran one of the longest first stints – 23 laps – and lost time being passed by several cars who pitted earlier.
He questioned the strategy afterwards, saying: “Really we need to analyse exactly why we lost positions out there, and why we didn’t come in to the pits earlier to fight with the group in front.”
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