Vitaly Petrov - “I encountered quite a lot of understeer today”
Vitaly Petrov was the fastest LRGP driver in a difficult qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix where both cars narrowly missed out on a Q3 qualifying run.
Vitaly will line up on the grid for tomorrow’s race in 12th position with Nick Heidfeld directly behind him in 14th with under two tenths of a second separating both drivers’ best times, set using Pirelli’s super soft compound P-Zero.
Variable weather conditions with relatively brisk winds did not assist finding a good set-up for the R31 in a session where Sebastian Vettel took pole position with a time of 1min 19.815secs.
How did you find the conditions out there today?
VP: The difficulty we had was warming up the tyres because the weather was so changeable. It was quite windy and cooler than it usually is here, but that was the same for everyone out there.
Was it a challenging qualifying out there?
VP: I encountered quite a lot of understeer, especially in turn nine, which cost me two-tenths and practically put an end to my chance of getting in Q3. It is this, combined with traction issues that have been our main challenges so far this weekend.
And looking ahead to tomorrow?
VP: We are ambitious so qualifying where we did is not satisfactory for us. The focus will now turn to how we make the best out of the situation tomorrow.
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05
Qualifying: P12, 1:22.284, 14 laps
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04
Qualifying: P14, 1:22.470, 14 laps
By: Lotus Renault