Renault boss Eric Boullier says Vitaly Petrov incident is closed
|By Pablo Elizalde||Friday, November 18th 2011, 15:13 GMT|
Renault boss Eric Boullier says the 'matter is closed' after Vitaly Petrov apologised for having been critical of his team's performance after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Russian launched an attack on the team on Russian television after the race, but wrote a letter to Renault staff on Friday to apologise for his comments, saying they have been "inappropriate" and "unnecessary."
Boullier said the outburst was simply an incident that showed Petrov is human and that he now considers the matter is closed.
"The interview was made minutes after Vitaly jumped out of the car last Sunday," said Boullier on Renault's website.
"The race was tough, he was upset not to have scored points, he was exhausted. Drivers are not robots, they're human beings. Also, like every driver, Vitaly is a competitor. Had he been on the podium in Abu Dhabi, he would have complained about not winning the race.
"We take this incident as exactly this - an incident. Vitaly has apologised to the team and sent an email to all the staff at Enstone. As far as we are concerned, the matter is closed."