2011 Korean GP team review
Renault’s poor second half of the season continued with another no-score in Korea.
|Bruno Senna||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’38.791 (+0.605)||1’38.186|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 21.163s|
|Pit stop 2||Super soft 21.893s|
Senna felt held back by a lack of track time in Korea and qualified 15th, seven places behind Petrov: “The car was fine, I probably didn’t have sufficient mileage to push when it mattered on my qualifying run.”
It didn’t get any better in the race as he got away slowly from the line and slipped to 19th. He took one place back from Heikki Kovalainen on lap four.
He had difficulty making up places in traffic, passing Kamui Kobayashi’s wounded Sauber at turn one on lap 24, only to be re-passed in the DRS zone. Senna retaliated with a bold pass at turn four to finally claim the position.
He ran a long, 25-lap final stint on super soft tyres and by lap 47 he was losing a lot of time. Rubens Barrichello passed him three laps later and Senna brought his Renault home in 13th.
|Start tyre||Super soft|
|Pit stop 1||Super soft 21.478s|
Petrov got his Renault into Q3 and started eighth. He did two qualifying runs on the tyres he started the race on but it proved not to be a problem – he made his first pit stop after several other drivers on lap 14.
Fernando Alonso came out of the pits in front of him on lap 15, and the next time by Petrov attacked the Ferrari driver using his DRS.
But he missed his braking point for turn three and smashed into Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes.
Petrov apologised for the collision and the stewards handed him a five-place grid penalty for the next race.
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