Bruno Senna, Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Renault: “Not a crumb of comfort” for Senna

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault failed to score for the third race in a row in Abu Dhabi.

Bruno Senna Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 14 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’41.079 (+0.16) 1’40.919
Race position 16 13
Laps 54/55 54/55
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
Bruno Senna 124.355 128.658 108.934 109.117 108.99 109.248 109.937 111.009 109.548 108.859 108.855 108.71 108.713 108.385 108.407 108.947 108.987 109.976 109.964 112.146 127.752 108.481 108.678 107.155 109.316 109.266 107.44 107.315 106.828 106.593 106.534 106.15 106.349 106.391 107.941 108.606 119.253 106.729 109.203 106.48 106.639 106.312 109.191 109.621 108.335 107.061 107.191 107.17 108.137 107.54 107.617 107.178 109.885 108.326
Vitaly Petrov 121.33 111.797 110.775 110.283 108.57 108.69 108.18 108.137 108.737 108.554 108.799 108.413 108.92 110.689 109.047 108.947 112.304 110.631 127.937 109.994 107.688 107.786 107.701 107.631 107.665 107.257 107.14 107.4 107.264 107.292 107.128 108.565 109.428 107.47 108.005 107.758 107.979 109.193 123.694 104.955 104.736 104.465 104.45 104.38 104.307 104.32 103.871 103.831 105.01 105.865 104.298 103.673 104.272 104.089

Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna, Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Bruno Senna, Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Start tyre Medium
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.882s
Pit stop 2 Soft 20.33s

Senna described his 14th on the grid as “below par” after doing a single lap in Q2 to save tyres.

Renault split the strategies between their cars – Senna starting on medium tyres, Petrov on softs. Senna ditched his mediums after a single lap but managed to get to the end of the race making only one more stop.

He lost four places on the first lap as he struggled for traction on the harder rubber. Having switched to soft tyres he made his way past the HRT, Virgin and Lotus drivers but wasn’t able to make any further impression on the midfield.

That was partly down to a drive-through penalty for failing to observe blue flags but also – for the second race in a row – a KERS failure.

??Let?s be honest here ?ǣ there?s not a crumb of comfort to take from that performance,” he said afterwards.

“We suffered from a KERS failure, drive-through penalty and a car which was not on the money at this particular track. Put those together and you see why I finished where I did.

“There was lots of lost time to make up and, strategically, we took a gamble that didn?t pay off. I certainly think that overall this weekend my pace was as good as it could have been.”

Bruno Senna 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Medium 20.738s
Pit stop 2 Soft 19.968s

Petrov was delayed by a steering rack problem on Friday but was satisfied at qualifying 12th on the grid.

However his progress in the race was delayed by his DRS not working properly, which he said left him “helpless”.

Nor did a switch to the harder compound tyres at his first pit stop go according to plan: “When I first stopped, we put fresh medium tyres on but unfortunately these did not last long enough so we returned to the pits on lap 38 to change to the soft. Unfortunately that ended up being too slow.”

He went off at turn 17 at one point and finished 13th.

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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Drove Senna’s car in first practice.

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