• Turkish Grand Prix

Petrov laments Schumacher collision

ESPNF1 Staff
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Vitaly Petrov was lucky not to sustain any damage in the collision with Michael Schumacher © Sutton Images

Vitaly Petrov said that his collision with Michael Schumacher early in the race prevented him from scoring more points in the Turkish Grand Prix.

Petrov was running in ninth place and clearly quicker than the Mercedes when he tried to pass up the inside in to turn 12 on the second lap. Schumacher turned in to early though, and hit Petrov's right rear tyre, sending the Renault wide and costing him a place. Petrov said that setback was magnified as the race unfolded.

"It was an interesting race, and strategically it was challenging for all the teams," Petrov said. "I think what really affected my position today was the collision with Michael early in the race. He hit my car and then I was stuck behind some slower drivers after the first pit stop. If this had not happened, my race would have been much stronger and I could have pulled away."

Petrov still managed to recover to secure eighth place by passing Sebastien Buemi on the final lap of the race, and said that Renault should be happy with the consistency of the R33 and a double points finish.

"I was pleased to overtake Sebastien at the end, which took me back into eighth. We must be positive, we have both cars in the points and it's another ten points for the team."