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Renault with mixed feelings; but solid performance shown.

Vitaly Petrov finished with a superb 5th, but Heidfeld had to retire.
Monday, June 13, 2011

June 12 (Andrés Rojas).- The rain-drenched, but exciting Canadian Grand Prix saw an spectacular Jenson Button to come from last and crossed the line first.

It was an eventful one, oh yes! The number of appearances from the safety car was almost untraceable as well as pit visits, no to mention the spins.

The Renault team had a combination of results. Vitaly secured ten more points by finishing 5th with an excellent driving display, but Heidfeld’s race finished early after a collision with Kamui Kobayashi on lap 55 while he was fighting for fifth.

The Russian now sits in seventh on the standings table and the team keeps its fourth in the constructors.
In general the team had a satisfactory weekend. The R31 covered a total of 1,435 kilometers, making it the second most consistent team behind Mercedes GP. Also, Vitaly scored the thirst best lap time behind Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal and Managing Director
“Once again, the team scored points today, which means we’ve finished in the top 10 with at least one car at every race since the start of the season. We’ve also understood some of our recent problems, and the solutions we brought with us to Montreal were promising because our pace has clearly improved.

This said, despite all these positives, we leave Montreal with mixed feelings. Firstly, we could have scored points with both cars today. Unfortunately, Nick was caught out by Kamui Kobayashi, who was unusually slow on exit. Until then, his race had been perfect. With a bit more luck, Vitaly could have finished a bit higher too.”
 

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