Bruno Senna, Renault, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Renault: Senna and Petrov out of the points again

2011 Indian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault have failed to score in three of the last four races.

However with Toro Rosso taking points off Force India and Sauber, their fifth place in the championship looks increasingly secure.

Bruno Senna Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 14 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’26.651 (+0.332) 1’26.319
Race position 12 11
Laps 59/60 59/60
Pit stops 2 2

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
Bruno Senna 102.378 97.143 95.276 95.109 94.316 93.643 93.417 93.767 95.306 95.098 94.018 93.456 93.495 94.009 93.194 93.062 93.736 92.805 93.392 94.263 94.318 95.937 110.729 92.007 92.713 94.335 91.727 91.536 91.411 91.482 91.227 91.227 92.942 92.662 90.327 90.676 90.831 91.058 90.333 91.688 90.096 90.285 90.867 91.124 90.245 92.314 90.317 90.127 89.768 89.963 89.687 89.765 89.438 89.571 89.31 92.168 110.454 89.879 89.871
Vitaly Petrov 105.364 97.359 98.061 116.624 92.823 92.59 92.841 92.992 93.885 93.499 94.137 93.166 92.809 93.544 93.902 93.218 92.814 92.125 92.799 92.162 92.482 91.461 92.031 91.835 92.655 91.565 91.582 92.183 91.824 91.231 93.824 91.992 95.056 112.269 91.195 90.669 90.575 90.778 90.297 90.152 90.499 89.836 89.859 90.427 89.84 90.449 89.736 90.169 89.741 90.33 91.32 90.583 90.381 89.527 89.668 89.893 89.34 89.289 90.37

Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna, Renault, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Bruno Senna, Renault, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.144s
Pit stop 2 Hard 21.723s

Senna had a “disappointing” qualifying session: “The circuit evolved from this morning and the changes made to the car took me, I believe, in the wrong direction given the conditions of the track.”

He made a good start, jumping up to tenth place, but was defenceless against the Toro Rossos in the DRS zone, particularly as his KERS stopped working.

Concerned about hard tyre performance, the team extended his first two stints, leaving him with just a two-lap run on hards.

With the benefit of hindsight it’s possible to say he needn’t have stayed out so long at the end of his first stint, but it would not necessarily have been enough to get him into the points.

Bruno Senna 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Start tyre Hard
Pit stop 1 Soft 27.137s
Pit stop 2 Soft 22.519s

Had Petrov been able to repeat his Q1 time in Q2 he would have reached Q3. Instead he matched the time of tenth-placed Jaime Alguersuari to one-thousandth of a second, but was eliminated because Alguersuari had set the time first.

His penalty from Korea relegated him to 16th on the grid.

The team put him on the opposite strategy to Senna – running a very short initial stint on hard tyres, then using two sets of softs.

However he spent the race staring at Sergio Perez’s rear wing after a problem at his first pit stop: “I was supposed to come out in front of Sergio and the Force India [of Paul di Resta] but didn?t manage to achieve this. The speed on the straights of those cars was higher than mine which made it impossible for me to overtake but I kept attacking like hell to try to pass.”

Petrov had two off-track moments late in the race as he tried to put pressure on Perez: “I had a lot of oversteer which made it difficult to drive and I did lose the car in turn nine after hitting the kerb, touching the grass and I almost lost the car, but luckily I was able to control it. It was quite a big moment.”

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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