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Renault investigates suspension uprights

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Malaysia 2011Renault will hold back on running its cars in second free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix until it gets to the bottom of what caused the incidents its drivers suffered in the morning session.

Vitaly Petrov spun into the gravel trap at Turn 9 after a failure on the front left-hand side corner of his car, shortly after Nick Heidfeld had returned to the pits when the front right wheel of his car had jammed.

Although it appeared at first that the two incidents were brake related, subsequent investigations by the team are pointing more towards an issue with the suspension uprights.

The team has not yet fully answered what was the cause of the failures though, and a team spokesman confirmed that the outfit would not run in the second session until it had a definite answer.

The spokesman added that as soon as Renault had an answer to the problems then it would implement a solution to prevent a repeat and get both its cars back out on track.

Renault's troubled session in Malaysia came on the back of an encouraging start to the season, with Petrov taking his maiden podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix.

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