Lotus race review
Lotus are set to finish the year as best new team having got both their cars ahead of their rivals in Brazil.
|Jarno Trulli||Heikki Kovalainen|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’22.250 (-0.128)||1’22.378|
Beaten to his usual “new team pole position” by Timo Glock by a tenth of a second.
Moved ahead of Glock through the pit stops and got on the tail of his team mate during the second safety car period. He ended the race within a second of Kovalainen:
I had yet another small hydraulic issue, but good work from the guys in the garage managed that, and towards the end of the race I was able to push Heikki and end up just behind him.
I didn’t have a great start, I had a lot of wheelspin but pretty soon I was able to attack Timo and just as I was shaping up to pass him he pitted and I came out ahead of him after the stops.
Like Trulli, Kovalainen said traffic cost him time in qualifying – his gripe was with Nick Heidfeld:
That was a disappointing session for me. I was held up by traffic each time I went for a quick run and definitely didn’t get the most out of the car.
Passed his team mate off the line then took Glock around the outside of the Curva do Sol on lap one as the Virgin driver was delayed by Vitaly Petrov.
Came home first of the new teams’ drivers but with so few retirements that meant he was only 18th.
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
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- Alonso loses the battle but he’s winning the war
- Poor pace spells end of McLaren’s title hopes
- Hülkenberg eighth after pole position
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- Force India fall behind Williams in teams’ title
- Kubica frustrated by Hülkenberg’s defence
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