Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Korea, 2011

Renault: No points for third time in six races

2011 Korean GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault’s poor second half of the season continued with another no-score in Korea.

Bruno Senna Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 15 8
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.791 (+0.605) 1’38.186
Race position 13
Laps 54/55 16/55
Pit stops 2 1

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
Bruno Senna 119.23 110.296 108.545 107.34 107.399 107.357 107.224 107.418 107.298 106.783 106.909 108.059 110.511 122.822 105.248 115.258 135.55 114.336 154.986 151.604 106.918 107.273 106.813 105.295 104.131 104.402 104.558 104.746 104.579 109.263 121.82 103.54 103.452 103.641 104.335 103.759 103.336 103.801 102.876 102.755 102.549 102.872 102.669 102.66 103.114 103.173 103.104 105.752 104.466 106.726 104.883 104.647 108.524 107.842
Vitaly Petrov 113.356 107.783 107.111 106.42 106.064 106.801 106.043 105.694 105.642 105.469 105.612 105.992 105.816 110.041 123.804 161.649

Bruno Senna

Start tyre Soft
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.

Bruno Senna 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Korea, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Korea, 2011
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.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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