Heidfeld taking 'one race at a time'
20 June 2011 – Nick Heidfeld insists that Renault will be walking before it runs, with the Enstone team having encountered a number of frustrations since enjoying podium finishes at the opening two races of the season. In Canada, the German’s Grand Prix ended in the Turn 3 escape road after making contact with Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber.
“It was important for the team to come away from Canada understanding some of the problems we encountered in Monaco and I think we have clear proof that we did exactly that,” Heidfeld begins to explain.
“We now know which direction we need to take and it’s obvious the team started doing that during the two-week spell between Monaco and Montreal. These things don’t magically happen overnight, but we have done a good job in analysing where we need to improve. In addition, the pit wall team made the right decisions over the weekend to put us in a strong fighting position.”
At present, Renault sits fourth in the Constructors’ Championship but is now only eight points ahead of Mercedes.
“We will take it one race at a time,” adds Heidfeld. “Firstly, our thoughts are very much on Valencia and this is our priority for now. I always want to get the maximum out of the car and each situation. I am sure I’ll be able to fight for a strong points finish there.”