Vitaly Petrov says his legs still hurt after his crash in Monaco but he expects to race in Canada.
|Nick Heidfeld||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’16.214 (+0.399)||1’15.815|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Heidfeld could only manage 16th on the grid and had no excuse for his lack of pace:
“There were no problems with the car and I did have clear laps but obviously we weren’t as fast as we want to be.
“After Thursday’s running we knew we still had work to do, but I thought we would be able to make it into the top ten.”
He started the race on soft tyres and stayed out until lap 30 – the resulting pit stop confirming a rise from 15th at the start into the top ten.
From there he benefited from the retirements of his team mate and Pastor Maldonado to finish eighth.
Petrov told Renault’s website he “should be fine for Canada” although his legs are still hurting after his crash at the end of the Monaco Grand Prix.
He described what happened: “I saw a Force India go wide because I think he touched the wall and then he had a problem with a puncture.
“And then Alguersuari, I don’t know why he overtook be because he was [a lap down]. I think Alguersuari just start to brake because Lewis start to brake, he tried to avoid the accident, and he braked quite hard.
“And then Alguersuari tried to do the same but he touched Lewis’s tyre and he went flying a little bit. So in the same situation I just started to brake, I brake as hard as I can, but it was maybe too late because you cannot do anything in this situation. So I hit the wall.
I couldn’t get out of the car because my legs, first of all, were blocked. And also I didn’t feel them, so I thought I had a problem because it looked like my legs were broke or something. So I was just sitting in the car and waiting for the people to help me get out of the car.”
Petrov had missed out on Q3 for this first time this year, admitting the team were struggling with the super-soft tyres.
He started the race on them, then switched to softs on lap 28. He had begun to struggle on these tyres and had just been passed by Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton when he crashed.
2011 Monaco Grand Prix
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