Fire stops Kovalainen (Lotus race review)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Lotus were responsible for one of the most dramatic moments of the race when Heikki Kovalainen’s car caught fire. He said stopping it on the start/finish straight instead of the pit lane was the safest thing to do.

Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen
Qualifying position 21 19
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’51.641 (+0.726) 1’50.915
Race position 16
Average race lap 2’15.195 (+16.101) 1’59.095
Laps 27/61 58/61
Pit stops 3 2

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Jarno Trulli

Trulli had a dreadful weekend in Singapore last year and this year was little different. Mike Gascoyne acknowledged it was not one of his driver’s favourite circuits.

A puncture forced an early pit stops and hydraulic problems ended his race.

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

Heikki Kovalainen

Kovalainen was running 12th towards the end of the race which is higher than Lotus have finished this year. But he wasn’t able to hold off the recovering Michael Schumacher or Sebastien Buemi.

The Toro Rosso driver made contact on his way past, causing the damage that led to Kovalainen’s spectacular fire:

We were looking good for 15th, but then I had a coming together with Buemi towards the end of the race. I spun the car to get back onto the track which I think cracked the fuel tank pressure release valve and it looks like that caused an airbox fire.

I didn?t want to come into the pits as it definitely wasn?t safe enough to do so, and pulled over on the main straight. A couple of guys from Williams gave me an extinguisher, so I put the fire out on my own ?ǣ I told Tony and Mike that they maybe need to pay me more as I?m now a fireman as well.
Heikki Kovalainen

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

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