Renault duo satisfied with Friday running
24 June 2011 – Lotus Renault GP driver pairing Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov were encouraged by the pace they demonstrated at Valencia on Friday, with both men occupying top ten positions in first and second practice. Heidfeld completed a sizeable amount of laps in the afternoon to end the day ninth quickest, while Petrov rounded out the top ten, albeit half a second slower than his German team-mate.
"The new medium tyre feels good and I’m really happy with the results from it as it has not been tested that much. I think the times at the end of FP2 give the best indication of our pace relative to our competitors. In this morning’s session, I think some other teams were running different programmes from us, so their times might have been a little misleading."
"I enjoyed the new medium tyres and they weren’t performing badly. It’s clear the soft tyres are, as expected, around 1.5 seconds quicker than the mediums so we will have to perform well on these tomorrow in order to have a successful weekend."