• Hungarian Grand Prix

Petrov feeling 'wonderful'

ESPNF1 Staff
August 1, 2010 « Renault and Mercedes handed fines for pit lane incidents | »
Vitaly Petrov passed Lewis Hamilton at the start © Getty Images
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Vitaly Petrov confessed that he was feeling 'wonderful' after securing his highest ever grand prix finish in Hungary.

Petrov, who qualified fifth ahead of his highly-rated team-mate, maintained his form in Sunday's race to finish behind the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

"I feel wonderful because we did everything almost perfect today," said Petrov. "I made a good start and managed to pass Rosberg and Hamilton into the first corner, which was our target. After that, I didn't try and block Lewis too much because I had a problem with my tyre warm-up.

"I lost a lot of grip and I was fighting the car. I decided to let him through rather than risk losing more positions. The points today are very important for us because Mercedes didn't score any. Also, I have a lot of friends and family here today so I'm pleased I could give them a good result."

Renault team boss Eric Boullier hailed Petrov's drive as especially important for the team given the fact that close rivals Mercedes failed to score a point.

"We scored a lot of valuable points today, but just as important is the fact that Vitaly has had a superb weekend," said Boullier. "He finished the race in fifth, which is obviously an excellent result. It's even more satisfying because Mercedes didn't score any points today, so we have made up ten points on them.

"Obviously we can't be completely happy because we had the incident in the pit lane, which cost Robert some points as well. Without this I think he could have expected to finish at least sixth, so we could have had both cars in the points. But this is racing and it's still a satisfying weekend for the team."