The unpredictable tyre performance in Canada probably flattered Lotus a little but nonetheless this was the most convincing performance by a new team so far this year.
Mike Gascoyne hailed their weekend as “a massive step forward for the whole team”.
|Jarno Trulli||Heikki Kovalainen|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’18.698 (+0.461)||1’18.237|
|Average race lap||1’27.572 (+3.677)||1’23.894|
Started on the super-soft tyres and changed them after five laps. But halfway through the race a heavy vibration began, leading to a braking problem. After two visits to the pits he retired.
Comfortably out-qualified Trulli and, thanks to several drivers making early pit stops, he ran as high as sixth on lap seven.
Made three stops for tyres, leaving the super-softs until the end when the track had rubbered-in. Spent the end of the race defending his position from Vitaly Petrov who, despite having a fresher set of tyres on, spent nine laps trying to find a way past the Lotus with no success.
Afterwards he said:
It’s been a great weekend, and I’m really pleased for the whole team with the result today. We finished ahead of Petrov and lapped the other new guys, and although it was hard work managing the tyres, it’s still great to show what we can do.
The race itself was tough, but it’s all about the result – I didn’t have any technical problems with the car, but the rear wasn’t working quite as I’d have liked, and I think that was down to the tyre wear
2010 Canadian Grand Prix
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- “Can’t afford to just take points” – Hamilton
- Schumacher “closed the door too much”
- Alonso had fastest pit stop in Canada
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- 2010 Canadian Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- Hamilton wins despite more pit stop problems (McLaren race review)
- Alonso blames traffic for losing first and second places (Ferrari race review)