It was a disappointing qualifying session for Lotus Renault GP, with both drivers unable to qualify inside the top ten during difficult conditions again today at Silverstone.
Rain showers on certain parts of the track made judging the grip levels available a tough challenge for both drivers. Vitaly set the better time with a 1min 32.734secs to Nick’s 1min 33.805secs.
Both drivers set their best times using Pirelli’s yellow-marked soft compound P-Zero tyre. By not going through to the final qualifying session, both drivers have an extra unused set of soft tyres for tomorrow’s race.
Mark Webber set pole position with a time of 1min 30.399secs and will be joined on tomorrow’s front row by his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05
Qualifying: P14, 1:32.734, 14 laps
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04
Qualifying: P16, 1:33.805, 15 laps
By: Lotus Renault