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Don't stop me now - Malaysia GP, Sunday 10 April

12 Apr 2011
  • Second podium in a row podium for LRGP
  • Both drivers were on three stops: soft, soft, hard, hard
  • Vitaly went off track on lap 52, and after his car hit the curb and took off, the steering column mount broke when landing
  • LRGP is now placed fourth in the Constructors' Championship, 26 points ahead of nearest rival.

Nick Heidfeld, P3, R31-04
"I had a great start just like in Australia, and did not expect to make up so many positions. I
moved up to P2, making up four places. After that I did my best to follow Sebastian (Vettel)
but he was much quicker. Then, I noticed some drops of rain and my tyres were going off
but I stayed out. I lost a couple of places at my first pit stop, but it's clear we had really good
pace and we were able to fight with the cars ahead. I got lucky with Fernando (Alonso)
having a problem, but it was great fun fighting and getting ahead of Lewis (Hamilton). In the
final few laps Mark (Webber) was close behind me but we had the pace to stay ahead. It's
another great result for Lotus Renault GP and it's clear the team has taken a big step forward this year."

Another great Podium!

Vitaly Petrov, DNF, R31-03
"First of all I am happy for the team as we got another podium, so we can consider this a
great start to the season for us. It was a strong performance by the team in an unusual
race. I made a small mistake which shouldn't have had the consequences it had. I went
wide and the car took off on the curb, landing hard. Both cars should have been in the
points today, but the good news is that we clearly have the pace needed to compete this

Eric Boullier, Team Principal and Managing Director
"That was a tough race with a lot of pit stops, a lot of strategy changes and honestly I don't
believe everything was going according to plan for anybody but as a team we reacted very well.I'm pleased of course for Nick but I'm also pleased for the whole team. It's another great reward for us, especially after the tough start to the weekend. It's good to be on the odium again, although it is disappointing to have lost one car with less than ten laps to go.
There's no doubt the car is competitive although it is not currently quick enough to be
winning races. So, we need to push hard on the development side, but scoring two
podiums in a row is definitely very satisfying."

Did you know?
Nick's 3rd position was the 100th podium of a Renault chassis. The first one was Jean-Pierre Jabouille in 1979 (French GP).


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