Nick Heidfeld dispelled memories of his tough weekend in Melbourne with a podium in Sepang.
|Nick Heidfeld||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’36.124 (-0.2)||1’36.324|
Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
The first sign of something wrong at Renault came when Heidfeld’s front-right brake locked solid during first practice.
He had to drive back to the pits with smoke coming from the disintegrating tyre. Renault later traced the fault back to a bad batch of a parts and replaced them.
Heidfeld put the car in sixth on the grid and made a rapid start to claim second.
He was jumped by both McLarens who pitted earlier than him at the first round of pit stops. But come the end of the race he reaped the benefit of stopping later. His tyres were in better condition and he easily passed Lewis Hamilton for third place.
Petrov had an alarming failure at the front-left of his car during first practice, sending him into the gravel at turn eight. It had the same cause as Heidfeld’s problem.
From eighth on the grid he passed both Ferraris at the start, but it all fell apart on lap five. First he was passed by Felipe Massa, then he slid off the track and lost another place to Fernando Alonso.
He twice overtook Kamui Kobayashi for eighth place but his race came to a dramatic end on lap 53.
He understeered wide at turn eight and was thrown high in the air by a bump. The landing broke the mount on his steering column, putting him out of the race.
Petrov said: “I made a small mistake which shouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót have had the consequences it had.
“I went wide and the car took off on the kerb, landing hard. Both cars should have been in the points today, but the good news is that we clearly have the pace needed to compete this season.”
2011 Malaysian Grand Prix
- Hamilton says Sepang driving “didn’t put anyone in danger”
- Domenicali praises Massa’s “return to form” in Malaysia
- 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Who was the best driver of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend?
- Red Bull stay ahead but KERS is still a weakness
- Ferrari on form in race after poor qualifying
- Hamilton called for his extra tyre stop at McLaren
- Renault recover from Friday drama for podium
- Schumacher scores for struggling Mercedes
- Two more retirements “not acceptable” at Williams
Browse all 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix articles
Image ?é?® Renault/LAT