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Renault playing the strategy card for tomorrow’s race

Heidfeld decided not to go for a run in Q3 in order to save the soft tyres. Petrov will start from 11th.
Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 25 (Andrés Rojas).- Lotus Renault looked overall good to lead the middle pack team comfortably, but still far from the front row cars (Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari).

Both Renault had a good chance to make it to Q3, but only Nick Heidfeld was able to. Once there, after seeing the times from the rest, the team decided not to go for a lap in order to save the soft tyres for the race. The

German believes it was the right decision: "When I went out in Q3, we saw that Sutil was not going to do a lap time so we quite rightly came back in because the cars ahead had posted times that were considerably quicker," said Heidfeld.

"Of course, when you're in the car and you are called back, you want to stay out and have a go! But, it was the right decision because we've saved tyres. We were targeting higher than P9 and P11 but realistically, on today's pace, that's where we were so we will now look forward to a strong race tomorrow."

Vitaly Petrov qualified in 11th, the Russian felt the car had not enough pace to get a better position.
"The gap between me and P10 was very close, but that's racing - sometimes other cars are faster than you and tomorrow is another day," he said. "We didn't have any particular problems, just not quite enough speed so we will try our hardest in the race tomorrow.

"It's a long race and it won't be an easy one in this heat. We will analyse the data and hope we perform better on fresh tyres. I'm sure there will be a lot of overtaking and much will depend on who can look after the rear tyres the best.

"Here, the degradation is not as bad as we have seen and we will not see a race like Barcelona so I'm confident we can take a good stride forwards and get a good result."

Nick Heidfeld at the Valencia track.

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