Petrov hindered by technical issues
10 June 2011 – Lotus Renault GP driver Vitaly Petrov has admitted that a number of technical issues made for a challenging opening day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with his morning session hampered by radio and throttle pedal complications. However, a better afternoon helped the Russian limit the damage and climb to eighth on the timing screens, one place ahead of team-mate Nick Heidfeld.
"However, I managed to get some good laps in the second session and found the Super Soft tyres had a little more grip. I was pleased with P2 because we achieved all that we were planning to achieve. We found a good balance with the car and did some long distance runs, so all in all I think it was a satisfying day’s work.
"One thing we should consider is that the track will evolve over the weekend, so things can change over the next day or two."
German team-mate Heidfeld added: "A busy Friday, but with no drama from our side. We’ve been able to assess both types of compounds and there were no surprises on that front, although we still need to improve the balance of the car with the softer compound.
"Finally, the next two days should be cooler; we are also expecting some rain, so we’ll have to remain really flexible during the weekend. It’s been good to see many fans in the grandstands on a Friday, it almost felt like a race day."