• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

Renault struggles in wet - Petrov

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Vitaly Petrov was 3.3s off the pace in the wet on Friday afternoon © Getty Images
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Vitaly Petrov is hoping the rest of the Korean Grand Prix weekend will be dry after admitting that the Renault "struggles a little bit" in the wet.

Steady rain left the track very wet for first practice and Petrov was one of five drivers not to venture out again after completing his installation lap. Although the track was still wet for the whole of FP2, Petrov completed 26 laps en route to setting the 11th fastest time, and he said that the aim of the afternoon had been to find a balance to work with on Saturday.

"Our car struggles a little bit in these conditions as we still have to find the best aero setup so we spent quite a lot of time in the afternoon to try to find the right setup," Petrov said. "We did a lot of running in the afternoon which will help us to improve tomorrow so I am quite optimistic. We also completed a couple of installation laps on the wet tyres to give an idea of the grip levels available from that compound. At the moment the car is working normally. Tomorrow is another day; hopefully it will be a dry day."

Bruno Senna also spent the afternoon working on the balance, but said that he was not yet happy with the car.

"There's not much to say about this morning other than it's frustrating for all drivers when you can't go out to set a lap time," Senna said. "This afternoon, it was beneficial to get some track time though we did endure some difficulties with the balance of the car. Hopefully we will be able to rectify this, but we need to look at where we can improve the aerodynamics otherwise we will encounter more difficulties this weekend. Fingers crossed tomorrow that we will be able to run in the dry, so that we can become accustomed to the conditions that we expect to face on Sunday."

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