Renault’s margin over Force India shrunk to four points in the final race.
|Bruno Senna||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’13.300 (-0.753)||1’14.053|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 21.9s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 23.289s|
|Pit stop 3||Soft 22.128s|
Senna gave the home crowd some cheer by reaching Q3, although he didn’t have any fresh sets of soft tyres to use having got there.
Having made some poor starts earlier this year he got away better, holding on to ninth. He soon came under pressure from Michael Schumacher and the pair made contact, for which Senna received a penalty.
“Bruno didn?óÔé¼Ôäót suffer from his wing making contact with Michael?óÔé¼Ôäós car,” explained trackside operations director Alan Permane. “It would have taken longer to change the wing than we would have gained from replacing it.
“Bruno?óÔé¼Ôäós contact with Michael looked like a racing incident so we were surprised at the penalty, but of course we respect the stewards?óÔé¼Ôäó decision.”
A gearbox problem delayed his progress and left him 17th, half a minute behind the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen.
|Pit stop 1||Soft 21.169s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 23.102s|
|Pit stop 3||Medium 21.781s|
Petrov went into qualifying chasing the car’s set-up as track temperature fluctuated. He ended up missing out on Q3, starting 15th.
He made a great start and was already 12th by the first corner. He lost time behind Jaime Alguersuari after his second pit stop which ultimately dropped him back behind Kamui Kobayashi.
“We came in quite early and I think we lost out being behind both Toro Rosso as it was very difficult to overtake them,” he said. “I lost quite a lot of time like this, otherwise I think I could have been ahead of Kamui Kobayashi and it would have been better to finish in ninth instead of tenth.”
Drove Petrov’s car in first practice.
2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
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