After finally out-qualifying team-mate Robert Kubica for the first time this season en route to his best qualifying performance to-date, Vitaly Petrov was a very happy driver in the Hungaroring paddock.
Until Saturday’s qualifying session, the Russian rookie remained the sole full-time driver on the grid not to have out-qualified his team-mate this season, but his time of 1:21.229 – a tenth quicker than Kubica – put an end to that lop-sided monopoly.
Vitaly will start from seventh place for Sunday’s race, and his strong performance certainly comes at an opportune time when he is looking to extend his deal with Renault into 2011 and beyond.
”We knew when we arrived here that our car would be quick here,” he told the BBC. “We worked hard. We improved, we brought some new parts here. A good result and everything is cool I think.
“When you drive around the track you are never thinking about beating your team-mate. You just focus on your job, you just focus on your lap time.
“Of course it is better to be in front but anyway you always just focus on good results.”
This result certainly bodes well for a decent points haul for the team.
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