Bruno Senna scored the first points of his F1 career in Monza.
|Bruno Senna||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’24.157 (+0.416)||1’23.741|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 22.534s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 23.145s|
|Pit stop 3||Soft 22.273s|
Senna made it into Q3 with a late effort to knock Paul di Resta out. After that he elected not to run in Q3 to save tyres.
Unlike his team mate, Senna survived the first corner but lost several places: “Everybody was cutting the chicane which forced me to drive on the outside,” he said “and in the process I lost all the places I had fought so hard for in qualifying.”
Having dropped to 15th he came into the pits to get rid of the medium tyres he had started on and switch to softs. He was the only driver to pit three times as he completed the rest of the race on soft tyres.
Late in the race he passed Sebastien Buemi for ninth place, diving past the Toro Rosso from a long way back at the first corner.
He then set off after di Resta and was within a second of the Force India as they finished the race.
“The pace of the car was clear for all to see, but I wish the race was just one lap longer because I may have been able to pass Paul for eighth,” he added.
Petrov did a lap good enough for the top ten early in Q2, then chose not to run again and made it through to the final stage. Another strong lap put him seventh on the grid – his best qualifying position since the Spanish Grand Prix.
However his was was ruined when he was hit by Vitantonio Liuzzi on the first lap: “Vitantonio?óÔé¼Ôäós HRT came from nowhere and hit me big time, which brought my race to an end.
“There?óÔé¼Ôäós nothing I could have done to avoid this. First of all, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm happy not to be injured, as the impact was quite strong and it could have been a nasty accident.
“We have put in so much effort since Spa, at the track, Enstone and Viry, so I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sorry that wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót translated into points today. This is part of racing, but I can?óÔé¼Ôäót help thinking that we could have secured a good result.”
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