Valencia Street Circuit
It was a Qualifying session of mixed fortunes for Lotus Renault GP, with Nick finishing in P9 whilst Vitaly just missed out on a place in Q3, finishing in eleventh.
In considerably hotter conditions than were experienced during yesterday’s free practice sessions, Nick managed to secure his place in Q3 despite not posting a time in the final session.
Assuring himself of a place in the top 10 after posting best times of 1.39.877 in Q1 and 1.38.781 in Q2, he did not run in the final session on hearing that Adrian Sutil would not be competing.
Vitaly, meanwhile, posted a time of 1.39.690s in Q1 and then 1.39.068s in Q2, just three hundredths short of Sutil who finished in P10.
Sebastian Vettel secured yet another pole position with a time of 1.36.975s, almost two tenths quicker than his Australian team mate Mark Webber.
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04
Qualifying: P9, 1:38.781, 17 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05
Qualifying: P11, 1:39.068, 14 laps
By: Lotus Renault