Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Korea, 2010

Kovalainen expects “hardcore” season finale

Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen says he’s doing his best to prepare for a “hardcore” end to the 2010 season with back-to-back races in countries with a six-hour time difference.

The Lotus driver said:

It?s a pretty hardcore end to the season and I?ll make sure I?m properly prepared by resting a bit and then I?ll do enough training to adjust to the time changes, flight times and the races themselves.

To be honest, it?s easier for me than it is for many other people in the team. The last couple of races require a massive push from everyone to set up the garages, go racing and then pack up everything and relocate to Abu Dhabi.

By the end of the season we will have all earned some time off, but we have to make sure we stay focused on securing tenth place, and for the next couple of races that?s what it?s all about.
Heikki Kovalainen

Team mate Jarno Trulli retired in a crash on the first lap of last year’s race but said he enjoys the track which has more “rhythm” than some modern venues:

Brazil is a good circuit to drive on, it?s one of my favourite tracks. I?ve always enjoyed myself there and the atmosphere is great, but it?s not a place where I?ve had a great deal of luck in the races, so hopefully that will change this year.

The start is crucial, but if you can get through that without any problems, the rest of the lap is pretty rewarding. There?s none of the long straight/first gear hairpins that you have on quite a few of the modern tracks, so you can get into a good rhythm and really lean on the car into the corners.

My best result there was fourth in 2000, and while I know repeating that is obviously unlikely, our goal will be to get both cars across the finish line and go to Abu Dhabi still as the best of the new teams.
Jarno Trulli

Team principal Tony Fernandes will not be attending this weekend’s race but said he will be “watching every second of the race weekend from home”.

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