Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Hungaroring, 2011

Renault: No points for first time since 2010

2011 Hungarian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault failed to score for the first time since last year after a fire on Heidfeld’s car.

Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 14 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’22.470 (+0.186) 1’22.284
Race position 12
Laps 23/70 69/70
Pit stops 2 4

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 126.843 116.86 111.864 109.558 107.812 105.41 104.41 103.923 104.072 103.62 105.837 122.681 98.361 94.469 92.986 92.208 92.698 93.48 90.826 91.045 91.261 91.691 92.93
Vitaly Petrov 124.782 112.067 109.752 108.303 107.044 105.449 105.055 103.674 102.897 107.125 126.591 97.325 95.909 94.17 93.188 91.46 91.12 90.01 90.353 89.855 90.098 89.392 89.745 89.963 90.44 112.982 87.605 87.309 87.525 87.715 87.438 88.197 87.934 90.853 88.309 88.477 88.71 88.326 87.666 88.006 88.204 88.189 88.199 87.131 87.935 95.264 92.922 89.816 101.541 120.71 113.386 93.956 98.614 110.546 85.93 85.446 84.836 85.319 85.031 85.206 86.628 85.104 87.355 85.761 86.129 85.525 85.151 84.664 86.176

Nick Heidfeld

A fuel delivery problem delayed Heidfeld in final practice. He took 14th on the grid which he said was “perhaps… an indication of where we stand right now.”

Heidfeld’s race ended with a dramatic fire but it hadn’t gone well up to that point – he’d been behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus for much of the race.

Starting on the damp side of the grid, he lost four places at the start, then another to Adrian Sutil on lap two.

He took Timo Glock on lap six, and moved back in front of Sutil by ditching intermediates for slicks a lap earlier than the Force India driver.

He spent the next few laps behind Kovalainen until Pastor Maldonado passed him on lap 18.

Now 18th, Heidfeld came in early for his second stop on lap 23. But it was the beginning of the end for his race.

His left-rear exhaust overheated during a slow pit stop, and smoke and flame was already visible from the car as he returned to the pits. He quickly pulled over as fire engulfed the left sidepod.

Afterwards team principal Eric Boullier said “the car is not designed to stay running on high revs for so long so it caught fire.” Heidfeld’s pit stop was one of the slowest of the race, around six seconds slower than the fastest.

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Hungaroring, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Hungaroring, 2011

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov struggled with tyre warm-up in qualifying, ending up 12th on the grid.

He made up a place at the start and was one of the first four drivers to switch to slick tyres.

Unfortunately his stop was one of the slowest of the races (even longer than Heidfeld’s) so instead of gaining places he lost one to Rubens Barrichello.

Petrov took soft tyres for his third stint and rose to eighth place by staying out longer than the cars around him. When the rain came later on he was in need of a pit stop for fresh tyres so he plumped for intermediates.

That proved to be a mistake which cost him a points finish. Afterwards he said: “When the rain returned near the end of the race I lost temperature in my tyres and this made the car?s handling very difficult.

“It looked like the wet conditions would continue so I changed to the intermediates, but it did not last as long as we thought. Maybe we should have changed to the super softs, but it is so difficult to predict the weather, and many other teams did the same thing.”

It was Renault’s first no-score since last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

Bruno Senna

Drove Nick Heidfeld’s car in first practice.

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