Nick Heidfeld says he is keen to forget about the Australian Grand Prix and focus fully on securing his first points finish of the new F1 season in Malaysia this weekend.
The Renault driver failed to make it into the top ten at Albert Park after being forced to complete almost the entire race with a car damaged on the opening lap following contact from a Toro Rosso.
While disappointed on a personal level, the big plus for Heidfeld was the pace shown by Vitaly Petrov in the sister car as the Russian took to the podium for the first time.
“From my perspective it was obviously disappointing – even more so because it was clear to see how much potential we have in the car,” he reflected. “My target is always to maximise each race weekend and I didn't manage to do that in Melbourne.
“You always look forward to the next one, even more so when you have had a difficult race. At the moment my objective is to forget about Australia and look forward to Malaysia.”
Team boss Eric Boullier has also backed Heidfeld to bounce back at Sepang as Renault seeks to build on its podium finish in the first race of the year.
“Obviously we were in a good position in Australia and I can see us continuing to fight with the big teams,” he said. “I'm 100% confident he [Heidfeld] will bounce back because he's a fighter and a racer with a great deal of experience. He will be even more determined to give a great performance in Malaysia.”