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 time comparison (Q2)||1’26.651 (+0.332)||1’26.319|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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.
|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?óÔé¼Ôäót 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.”
2011 Indian Grand Prix
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