Jenson Button, Vitaly Petrov, Nurburgring, 2011

Renault: Petrov dissatisfied with strategy

2011 German GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov was unhappy at being left out too long during his first stint.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 11 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’32.215 (+0.23) 1’31.985
Race position 10
Laps 9/60 59/60
Pit stops 0 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
Nick Heidfeld 115.956 104.059 101.47 100.641 99.735 99.942 99.452 99.755 99.577
Vitaly Petrov 106.887 102.094 100.061 99.727 99.709 99.587 99.654 99.479 99.31 99.695 99.84 100.173 99.838 99.885 101.674 99.968 101.25 99.946 100.053 99.705 100.433 102.907 103.576 117.291 98.184 97.605 97.71 97.492 97.657 98.879 98.099 97.959 99.067 99.279 98.83 99.089 98.039 98.445 97.932 97.983 98.375 97.849 97.568 97.866 98.743 101.198 114.967 96.367 96.341 96.186 96.834 96.366 96.881 97.054 97.416 97.357 98.369 97.137 97.295

Nick Heidfeld

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.”

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Jenson Button, Vitaly Petrov, Nurburgring, 2011
Jenson Button, Vitaly Petrov, Nurburgring, 2011

Vitaly Petrov

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.”

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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