• Turkish Grand Prix - FP2

More to come from Renault - Petrov

ESPNF1 Staff
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Vitaly Petrov: "As expected, we achieved quicker lap times and there's still some more in the car" © Getty Images
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Vitaly Petrov is confident Renault's pace will improve over the Turkish Grand Prix weekend after he set the seventh fastest time in Friday practice.

The R31 is featuring a raft of new upgrades this weekend and Petrov said they had been living up to the team's expectations but still had more performance to give.

"We need to be happy with today," he said. "As expected, we achieved quicker lap times and there's still some more in the car. Judging by our performance in P2, I think there are encouraging signs ahead for the rest of the weekend."

Petrov's team-mate Nick Heidfeld said the wet morning session had been useful to put some laps on the wet tyres, which only received minimal mileage in testing.

"It was good to finally get an experience of the wet conditions by using the extreme wet tyres, because I haven't used them before in testing properly," he said. "That went quite well I have to say. We didn't want to destroy them - as we hadn't tested them before, we didn't know how long they would survive and the forecast was still not clear for Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately we didn't get into a position to be able to drive the intermediates.

"Then, as the second session was completely dry we were able to completely focus on our programme, which was to get a long run in towards the end, whilst having a high fuel load."