Bruno Senna, Renault, Monza, 2011

Renault: Senna claims first points finish

2011 Italian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bruno Senna scored the first points of his F1 career in Monza.

Bruno Senna Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 10 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’24.157 (+0.416) 1’23.741
Race position 9
Laps 52/53 0/53
Pit stops 3 0

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
Bruno Senna 132.526 145.02 131.944 95.013 93.081 91.754 91.269 91.165 91.416 90.965 91.139 91.24 91.166 91.025 90.835 90.516 90.879 92.863 94.187 110.362 89.624 89.517 89.719 89.737 89.796 92.628 89.185 89.478 89.366 89.234 89.174 89.292 89.235 89.632 88.778 89.26 88.931 89.602 89.269 92.736 107.58 87.894 88.625 89.544 88.673 88.622 89.202 88.257 87.473 87.443 86.895 86.921
Vitaly Petrov

Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna, Renault, Monza, 2011
Bruno Senna, Renault, Monza, 2011
Start tyre Medium
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.

Bruno Senna 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Start tyre Soft

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?s HRT came from nowhere and hit me big time, which brought my race to an end.

“There?s nothing I could have done to avoid this. First of all, I?m 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?m sorry that wasn?t translated into points today. This is part of racing, but I can?t help thinking that we could have secured a good result.”

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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