Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Sepang, 2011

Lotus get within range of midfield teams

2011 Malaysian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lotus made a clear step forward in pace in Sepang.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 19 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’38.645 (-0.146) 1’38.791
Race position 15
Laps 55/56 31/56
Pit stops 2 1

Lotus drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

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
Heikki Kovalainen 120.654 109.141 108.68 106.576 106.643 107.07 107.232 107.111 106.826 106.92 107.498 107.581 108.547 109.364 114.02 132.561 107.261 106.635 106.403 105.857 106.024 105.883 105.514 106.15 104.807 104.882 105.3 105.727 105.818 106.319 105.785 106.117 105.977 110.282 125.584 107.067 105.242 104.77 104.404 104.73 104.595 106.369 103.677 104.29 104.076 106.153 104.625 104.422 105.154 105.425 104.511 106.791 105.829 104.114 104.53
Jarno Trulli 121.582 109.796 108.843 106.884 106.153 106.834 107.723 107.192 107.107 107.317 107.955 108.783 112.794 146.964 109.069 108.256 107.147 106.677 106.005 105.727 106.314 105.646 105.28 105.665 105.736 106.017 106.268 106.219 106.161 106.642 111.214
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Sepang, 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Sepang, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen

Kovalainen came within half a second of reaching Q2, the closest Lotus have been under normal conditions.

Running a two-stop strategy, his lap times compared well with Jaime Alguersuari’s and he ended the race right on the tail of the Toro Rosso driver.

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Jarno Trulli

Trulli’s anti-stall kicked in at the start and he fell behind Timo Glock, but the Lotus driver quickly re-passed the Virgin.

Coming out of the pits after his first pit stop Trulli locked his tyres and skidded into the gravel. The delay meant he ended up behind Glock and had to pass him again. A clutch sensor failure later put him out of the race.

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said: “A very strong race from both drivers although unfortunately Jarno stopped in the garage with a clutch sensor problem.

“We looked to do a two stop strategy with both cars. We might have struggled with Jarno as his tyre degradation was slightly higher, but it worked well with Heikki.

“Overall our pace was very good at the end, particularly when we were with the leading cars, and we were very close to passing one of the Toro Rossos as we came over the line which shows how we have progressed.”

Jarno Trulli 2011 form guide

Davide Valsecchi

Made his F1 race weekend debut driving Kovalainen’s car in first practice.

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