Podcast number 494
Motorsports Mondial with Nasir hameed and…
Special repeat interview Pastor Maldonado
Malaysia GP, Friday 8 April 2011
Renault Run into problems.
Both cars encountered problems with their front suspension uprights in the first free practice session. After careful analysis, the team identified a material defect linked to a specific batch of components. For the afternoon session, the team reverted to a different batch and ran without any issues.
Alan Permane, Chief Engineer – Technical programme notes
- It was difficult to learn anything today. The issues this morning limited our mileage in both sessions and it’s difficult to draw too many conclusions.
- Due to the lack of running, neither driver was able to make much progress with their set-up programmes and we have a lot of work to do to improve the handling.
James Allison, Technical Director
“Both Vitaly and Nick suffered failures under braking in the front uprights early in the first session. As a precaution we stopped running the cars until we had understood the problem. We quickly established that the two failed items had come from the same material batch and that nothing from this batch had run prior to today. It took a little longer to rule out other potential causes but once we were confident that the failures were related to a material problem we released the cars for the second half of afternoon practice where they ran without problem.”
Nick Heidfeld, R31-01
Free practice 1: P7, 1:40.525, 6 laps
Free practice 2: P8, 1:38.570, 16 laps
Nick: “Because of the issues this morning, we didn’t run very much at all today. We therefore had to prioritise what we did in the afternoon and we felt it was best to do a long run on the soft tyres. Although we didn’t do many laps, we got some data and we learned a few things, especially about the high degradation rate of the softs. Considering that we did no real set-up work today, it’s quite encouraging that I was in the top ten in both sessions. We now have to concentrate on making good progress in the final practice session tomorrow morning.”
Vitaly Petrov, R31-03
Free practice 1: P24, 1:47.932, 4 laps
Free practice 2: P13, 1:39.267, 17 laps
Vitaly: “It wasn’t the best day. The problem in the morning was quite a surprise and we decided not to run until late in the afternoon when we had understood things properly. When I did finally get out, the car felt fine, but the time we had was very limited and we didn’t really manage to do any set-up work. As we expected, the degradation rates are very high here, especially for the soft tyres, but they definitely had more grip and were a couple of seconds quicker than the hard. However, tomorrow is a new day and I think we can still have a good weekend.”
Did you know?
Nick and Vitaly are using sparkling golden suits this weekend. It’s to allow them to stay a little cooler than they would otherwise be in their traditional black versions. Expect these suits to make several more appearances during the year – at the hotter races.
Malaysian Grand Prix second practice result:
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.876s 24 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.881s + 0.005 30 3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.010s + 0.134 23 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.090s + 0.214 30 5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.088s + 1.212 26 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.089s + 1.213 31 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.565s + 1.689 25 8. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m38.570s + 1.694 16 9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.583s + 1.707 27 10. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.846s + 1.970 31 11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m38.968s + 2.092 25 12. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m39.187s + 2.311 30 13. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m39.267s + 2.391 17 14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.398s + 2.522 29 15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.603s + 2.727 34 16. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m39.625s + 2.749 31 17. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m39.809s + 2.933 28 18. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.115s + 3.239 31 19. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m40.866s + 3.990 24 20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m41.890s + 5.014 19 21. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m43.197s + 6.321 15 22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m43.991s + 7.115 14 23. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m44.886s + 8.010 4