Kovalainen’s bad start (Lotus race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A good result for Kovalainen in qualifying was the highlight of Lotus’s weekend.

Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen
Qualifying position 15 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 2’01.491 (+0.148) 2’01.343
Race position 19 16
Average race lap 2’05.741 (+0.519) 2’05.222
Laps 43/44 43/44
Pit stops 1 3

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Jarno Trulli

Had to run wide to avoid his team mate at the start. A high-speed spin at Pouhon late in the race dropped him from 15th to 19th:

At the restart I was following the other cars but obviously the visibility was very poor and I made a bit of an error on a high speed corner, touched the white line with the rear end of the car and it just slipped away from me, which meant I lost places. I continued, but then the race was over from there.
Jarno Trulli

Compare Jarno Trulli’s form against his team mate in 2010

Heikki Kovalainen

Started from 13th – the team’s best qualifying position this year – but things went wrong quickly:

I had a bit of a problem at the start when the engine bogged down, and I activated the anti-stall, but I was already being passed by the time I could get up to speed.
Heikki Kovalainen

That left him last, but he worked his way past Sakon Yamamoto and the two Virgins. Trulli’s spin elevated him to the best of the new teams’ drivers.

Compare Heikki Kovalainen’s form against his team mate in 2010

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