Lotus Renault press release
Vitaly Petrov, P13, R31-06
Bruno Senna, P16, R31-04
Lotus Renault GP leave Abu Dhabi in 13th and 16th place, after a hard day’s night at the Yas Marina Circuit with neither car scoring any points.
Just like the entire weekend, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place in hot and hazy conditions with an air temperature of 27°C, though the dusk held off for the duration of the race, with the floodlights taking over from the sun.
With the DRS failing, Vitaly was unable to advance from his starting position of P12; he crossed the line in P13. Being unable to overtake anyone else, Vitaly tried to do a one stop race but the hard tyre couldn’t last long enough so he had to stop for the soft tyre.
Bruno had a problem with his KERS which really cost him, and put him back between half a second to a second each lap. There’s no real positives to take from today. Lotus Renault GP will now just have to ensure to do the best job possible to prepare for Brazil…
World Champion Sebastian Vettel spun off with a rear puncture, allowing Lewis Hamilton to lead Fernando Alonso from lap 2. Alongside Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi and Jérôme D’Ambrosio had to retire in today’s race at the Yas.