2011 Abu Dhabi GP team review
Renault failed to score for the third race in a row in Abu Dhabi.
|Bruno Senna||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’41.079 (+0.16)||1’40.919|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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 – 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.”
|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.
Drove Senna’s car in first practice.
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