The difference between the Renaults was as night and day in Montreal as Vitaly Petrov endured a tough introduction to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’15.682 (-1.162)||1’16.844|
|Average race lap||1’21.297 (-2.606)||1’23.902|
But maybe he doesn’t need that seat anyway – seventh place in the race moved him ahead of Massa in the drivers’ championship.
Kubica was the only driver in the top ten apart from the Red Bulls to qualify on the medium tyre. He held third place behind the pair of them but found degradation on the tyre so bad he pitted as early as lap nine.
That early stop meant he had to pit three times, his final stop coming up 11 laps from the end, dropping him from sixth to seventh behind Nico Rosberg.
He set the five fastest laps of the race as he tried to catch Rosberg but ran out of laps and had to settle for seventh.
Not a great race for the Russian rookie – and that’s an understatement. He started 14th, having been over a second slower than Kubica in Q2, and things got even worse from there.
Petrov jumped the start, drove onto the grass, lost control of his car and collected the innocent Pedro de la Rosa. For that he picked up two penalties: one for the jump start and another for causing an avoidable accident.
Petrov made his way past all but one of the new teams’ cars by the end of the race.
Despite taking on super-soft tyres later than Heikki Kovalainen he was unable to find a way past the Lotus and ended the race behind the Finnish driver. Kubica was up to five seconds a lap quicker at the time, albeit on slightly fresher tyres.
After that nightmare of a race the last thing Petrov needed was a kicking from the team, and sporting director Steve Nielsen voiced words of encouragement:
For Vitaly, Canada was a race to be chalked up to experience, full of penalties, pit stops and blue flags. We saw in Turkey that he can race very competitively in the right conditions and, although he may not realise it today, even a race like the one he endured in Canada will prove useful experience for him to draw on in the future.
2010 Canadian Grand Prix