Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011

Lotus not on terms with midfield yet

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lotus added Renault engines and Red Bull suspension over the winter and entertained hopes of racing in the midfield in 2011.

But their hopes were dashed in qualifying where they were two seconds behind the midfield pack.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 19 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’29.254 (-0.088) 1’29.342
Race position 13
Laps 19/58 56/58
Pit stops 1 2

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Heikki Kovalainen 112.883 98.252 97.378 96.628 97.441 96.512 96.107 96.391 96.352 96.24 95.907 96.498 96.286 95.527 95.921 95.237 120.199 101.782 94.918
Jarno Trulli 114.113 99.875 98.455 97.289 97.235 97.586 97.18 97.731 97.258 97.21 96.703 96.679 97.012 97.704 97.24 118.768 104.596 96.982 95.819 95.857 99.725 95.033 95.913 97.097 95.123 94.436 94.105 96.984 98.905 94.64 94.648 94.524 94.269 94.249 97.569 97.048 118.787 107.889 97.753 94.799 93.698 97.707 93.993 93.123 96.31 93.277 93.232 94.452 96.712 93.029 92.816 92.55 93.228 96.502 93.415 94.704
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen

Kovalainen was unable to use his DRS in qualifying as the wing stuck in its high downforce position. Despite that he qualified ahead of Trulli, two seconds off Nick Heidfeld’s Renault.

In the race by lap ten he was around four seconds behind Sergio Perez, who was running on hard tyres. But shortly afterwards Kovalainen was sidelined by a water leak, a common problem for the team in pre-season testing.

Jarno Trulli

Trulli was very unhappy with the Pirelli tyres, telling La Repubblica they were “as if they have been changed since the last tests in Barcelona”.

He had difficulty getting the tyres up to temperature and was out-qualified by his team mate.

He started the race on hard tyres and lost around a second per lap to Kovalainen, on softs, in the first stint. Trulli ended the race over 100 seconds behind the next car.

Karun Chandhok

Made his first appearance of 2011 in first practice but only got as far as turn three before losing control of the car and crashing. He admitted it was his fault afterwards.

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