Renault rues cooler track conditions

Renault is partly blaming today's cooler conditions in Melbourne for its disappointing performance in qualifying for tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix

Renault rues cooler track conditions

Both drivers struggled with reduced grip and increased oversteer, according to chief engineer Alan Permane.

Robert Kubica made it through to Q3 and qualified ninth for the second race in a row, while team-mate Vitaly Petrov made a mistake on his best lap in Q1 and wound up 18th - the only driver from the established teams to get eliminated at this stage.

Kubica said: "I think I got the maximum that was possible from qualifying today.

"I had to push hard because the car was not easy to drive and I think we lost some performance in the colder conditions.

"For the race tomorrow the weather could play a big role, but I don't care if it's wet or dry. Hopefully we can fight for some good points."

Petrov said he would do his best to get a good result despite having to start his maiden Australian GP from row nine, on his first visit to the tricky Albert Park street track.

"I'm disappointed not to make it out of Q1 because the car has been competitive all weekend," said Petrov.

"Qualifying is a new experience for me and I'm still learning. It's very busy out on track, it was difficult to get a clear lap and I didn't put my three best sectors together when it counted on my final run. The car didn't feel as well-balanced today either.

"The times show I had the pace to be in Q2, so of course I'm disappointed not to have reached my potential.

"It will be a tough race starting so far down the field and the track is narrow, so it's difficult to overtake, but I will try my best to get a good result tomorrow."

Team principal Eric Boullier added: "After a promising practice yesterday, today did not go as we expected, which is partly down to the cooler conditions.

"Robert's car was not as competitive as yesterday, but he got the most from it to make it into the top 10, which is a good result.

"We hope there will be a lot of action in the race and we know that our car can be competitive in the damp. So anything can happen."

shares
comments
Australia Saturday quotes: Virgin
Previous article

Australia Saturday quotes: Virgin

Next article

Senna aiming to finish the race

Senna aiming to finish the race
Load comments
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2021
The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021