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Petrov: We're capable of better

Vitaly Petrov: I'm not fully satisfied with where I qualified today. However, for both of us to secure top 10 positions should be seen as a positive thing and it is good that we don't have any mechanical problems.

Vitaly Petrov was not 'fully satisfied' following qualifying for the F1 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.

Petrov once again made it through to the top-ten shoot-out – as he has in all the races so far this season - and his best lap, a 1 minute 26.296 seconds, put him seventh on the grid and 0.363 seconds up on his Lotus Renault GP team-mate, Nick Heidfeld.

However despite that the Russian was still disappointed as he felt he should have been a bit higher up: “I'm not fully satisfied with where I qualified today,” he confirmed, “because we're capable of finishing even higher than seventh on the grid.

“However, for both of us to secure top 10 positions should be seen as a positive thing and it is good that we don't have any mechanical problems.

“We can still continue to work and push hard to make sure we can be fighting closer to the front of the grid tomorrow.”

Heidfeld meanwhile, who just scrapped through to Q3 and who will start ninth in the sister car, revealed he couldn't get the balance right initially.

“It's not too bad to be in P9 – I struggled earlier in the day,” he explained. “But in Q2 I found the balance and grip from the tyres that I was looking for. It could have been even better as I had some understeer problems with the front tyres but it was okay.

“I feel more confident going into tomorrow, we know that with the DRS [Drag Reduction System] we can overtake better, we've seen that already so we can finish higher than our grid position. Usually the car is better on race pace, and we know we can get good starts so gain some strong positions.”

“I think both drivers did a good job in bullying their cars as far up the grid as possible today,” added Lotus Renault GP technical director, James Allison. “I'm pleased. Seventh and ninth is a starting point that should allow us to have a good race tomorrow.

“Tomorrow's going to be a very busy race. We've seen some races with two stops, other which are borderline three. I think tomorrow will be busier than that – you only have to look at the attempts made by all the teams to conserve race tyres during qualifying to see this. Both drivers start on the clean side of the grid and with a good getaway we hope we can take the race to some of the cars ahead of us,” Allison summed-up.



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06.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
06.05.2011- Friday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
07.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 1, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
05.05.2011- Press conference, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
05.05.2011- Press conference, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31

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FrozenCandle

May 08, 2011 6:10 AM

Kubica fans are beginning to be almost as monotonous and irrational as Raikkonen fans. Five years from now we're still going to be hearing "yeah but if Kubica was in that car!-". The fact is, he's not: and though I wish him the quickest and best of recoveries, I highly doubt that he ever will be in this Lotus-Renault let alone any Formula 1 car in the future. The man's a great racer, cool dude and good personality for Formula 1 as a sport, but he's not here. The current drivers are doing their best for the team and that's that.



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