After Vitaly Petrov’s best-ever finish to-date in his debut F1 season, the Renault team was no doubt thrilled with the performance of its rookie driver’s fifth-placed result at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The result comes at an opportune time for the Russian, whose future with the team has Petrov briefly fended off Hamiltonbeen up in the air. This excellent result will have done no end of good to enhance his prospects of staying with the team beyond 2010.

But the result perhaps could have been much better were it not for Robert Kubica’s pit lane collision with the Force India of Adrian Sutil, which contributed to the retirement of the Polish driver from the race.

“It was an excellent drive from Vitaly today with good pace and consistency,” said Renault’s chief race engineer, Alan Permane. “He made a great start and did well to get ahead of [Nico] Rosberg, which was our target, and after that he was able to pull away from him comfortably.

“From then on he drove a faultless race and he can be very satisfied with his performance across the entire weekend.”

Team boss Eric Boullier was equally pleased, and added: “We scored a lot of valuable points today, but just as important is the fact that Vitaly has had a superb weekend. He finished the race in fifth, which is obviously an excellent result.”

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