Lotus Renault GP's Vitaly Petrov has said he is feeling 'fine' ahead of this weekend's F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Petrov crashed out in Monaco two weeks ago and was taken to hospital after becoming an innocent victim in the chain-reaction accident prompted by Adrian Sutil's brush with the wall at Tabac barely ten laps from home.
Although the Russian initially complained about his left ankle, following a precautionary check-up it was confirmed he had sustained no broken bones or fractures.
“Physically I'm feeling fine with no problems,” he confirmed ahead of this weekend's latest round in the F1 2011 World Championship. “I'm feeling better than I was after the race in Monaco. My ankle is fine and I don't see any problems for the race here in Canada.”
After having failed to score again though, he reckons it is vital he get 'good points' this weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“Above all, we must get to the finish line and score some good points because we know we can do it,” he continued. “We are well aware that our car is very quick so we need to minimise our mistakes and the results will come.
“We could have finished third or fourth in Monaco I think. Third would have been a real push but fourth was not beyond possibility, because my pace was not bad and I managed to save the tyres. I had some bad luck and there was a lot of traffic in front of me. Pastor (Maldonado) and Adrian (Sutil) were both slow, and it was very difficult to overtake them.
“Everything else on the day was going to plan, so it's just a shame we could not have had more success with the final result. Up until the incident, things were going really well, fantastically well in fact given what our qualifying positions were beforehand.”
Lotus Renault GP team principal Eric Boullier meanwhile is hopeful Petrov will shine this weekend: “Canada is a special case because it's a low downforce track and a street circuit too. We expect Vitaly to perform stronger than last year because he has really stepped up to the plate so far this season,” Boullier added.
“We've also got a better understanding of the Canadian GP now, after what we learnt when we were there last year, so I'm pretty sure both cars should be able to finish in the top eight.”