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Lotus Renault fails to make grade in Hungarian Q2

Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld head list of casualties after second qualifying at the Hungaroring.
Neither Lotus Renault made it through to the pole position shoot-out at the Hungarian Grand Prix after being bumped from the top during the second phase of qualifying.

Indeed, Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld will start only twelfth and 14th for the race at the Hungaroring after failing to find the extra pace needed to surmount a three-tenths gap, but their previous podium-winning performances marked them out as the highest-profile casualties of a 15-minute session that saw the lower end of the top ten change with some regularity.

Paul di Resta came closest to breaking into the final phase, but was bumped out of tenth after the chequered flag had fallen, as Michael Schumacher saved his afternoon at the last gap. The Scot had previously bumped Petrov, but could not match Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil in remaining in the final group. Williams duo Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the 'non-qualifiers', the Venezuelan not even managing to set a time after his last-ditch progression into Q2.

At the top of the times, Fernando Alonso again scooped the fastest time, lowering the weekend best to 1min 20.262secs as he saw off Jenson Button and Mark Webber, but Lewis Hamilton completed just one run on the harder Pirelli rubber and looks set to be a threat for pole as he lapped less than a second off the pace. The two Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris will be joined in the final phase of qualifying by both Mercedes, as well as Sutil and the lone Sauber of Sergio Perez.



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me - Unregistered

July 31, 2011 9:41 PM

as i see it boullier is looking for a scapegoat for hi's and team's inability to improve and while petrov is paying for his seat he cannot paint him in a bad light so it remains nick, i don't know why so many ppl see in kubica some kind of miracle worker because if you put together his and nick results they were not that different when they were teammates at bmw (see standings) and how come petrov is ok and nick is ordinary while is still nick in front after nick car was in flames (twice), after petrov ruined hi's qually lap, and after nick was pushed out by buemi he still leads petrov and after 1 year brake while petrov had all the time to adjust to f1, i'm, just wondering what is the real case at renault and what is all this bad publicity for nick

thevoiceofreason - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 7:12 PM

I actually think Petrov is doing OK. He was on a hiding to nothing last year because Kubica was (hopefully IS, but we'll have to wait and see) a truly exceptional driver who was able to vastly outperform the car. This year Petrov has been clean and tidy and picked up some useful points - about all you can ask from him really. I agree with the posters above that Heidfeld however has been exceptionally ordinary, and with Boullier's recent comments, I'd be surprised if he was still in the car come season's end.



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