Heidfeld says Petrov’s move on him during the Turkish Grand Prix was “not safe”.
|Nick Heidfeld||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’26.659 (+0.363)||1’26.296|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Slipped from ninth to tenth at the start before overtaking Rubens Barrichello.
He made his first pit stop on lap ten and came out behind his team mate. Heidfeld tried to take advantage of Petrov bring delayed behind Pastor Maldonado and Jaime Alguersuari but found himself pushed towards the pit lane entrance by Petrov.
Heidfeld gesticulated angrily at the other Renault and said afterwards: “That’s not nice. It shouldn’t happen.
“He just pushed me wide and we made contact. It’s not a safe thing to do.”
Heidfeld also complained about being stuck in traffic, though he passed Paul di Resta at turn nine in the middle of the race.
He finally passed Petrov down the inside of turn one on lap 51 to take eighth, and then claimed seventh from Sebastien Buemi.
Heidfeld was catching sixth-placed Jenson Button when the race finished. But he and Petrov both had to save fuel during the race which cost them time.
Engine support leader Riccardo Penteado said: “We planned an aggressive strategy to try and catch Jenson at the end and fuel consumption was very high, even higher than in qualifying, so we were very tight on fuel with both cars.
“It almost worked and Nick wasn’t far away – just over a second.”
Petrov felt he could have got into the top six in qualifying. He lost a place to Michael Schumacher at the start but took it back at turn 12 on the second lap, only for the Mercedes driver to hit him.
Running wide, Petrov fell behind Massa. He was unhappy about the contact, saying: “I think what really affected my position today was the collision with Michael early in the race.
“He hit my car and then I was stuck behind some slower drivers after the first pit stop. If this had not happened, my race would have been much stronger and I could have pulled away.”
Petrov made a very early first pit stop on lap eight and spent the next three stints on the hard tyres. He passed Buemi for eighth on the last lap.
2011 Turkish Grand Prix
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