Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Interlagos, 2010

Kovalainen leads new teams’ drivers

Lotus race reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 position 18 19
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’22.250 (-0.128) 1’22.378
Race position 19 18
Laps 69/71 69/71
Pit stops 1 1

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Jarno Trulli

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.
Jarno Trulli

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

Heikki Kovalainen

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.
Heikki Kovalainen

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.

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

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