Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus T128, Valencia, 2011

Lotus optimistic after extra day at Valencia

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lotus have completed their first full day?s testing, after power steering issues blighted the T128 since its maiden run on Tuesday.

Heikki Kovalainen is very positive, saying, ??Valencia was an excellent test for me. Even though we had some issues with the power steering on the first couple of days you have to remember we weren?t even at the first two tests last year.

??One of the most tangible improvements from last year is the lower centre of gravity we have this year. It?s a smaller chassis and…I can turn in without having to constantly correct oversteer or understeer and as the whole rear end has been designed with the Renault engine and Red Bull gearbox in mind, it is aerodynamically much more efficient.??


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McLaren launched their 2011 F1 car in Berlin today. It?s been the subject of much debate but nemo has kindly mocked up some comparisons:

Here you go guys.. Last year?s launch car compared to this. I?ve tried to scale it as best I can. Does this year?s wheelbase looks much longer..?


Here?s a quick pic of the McLaren compared to the Ferrari. Again I?ve tried to scale it as best I can (according to rim size): http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad33/NEM087/F1%202011/mp4-26f150compare.png

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