Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Istanbul, 2011

Lotus: Late-race problem slows Kovalainen

2011 Turkish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lotus believe Heikki Kovalainen could have beaten Pastor Maldonado again had he not been slowed by technical problems in Turkey.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 18 19
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’28.780 (-0.893) 1’29.673
Race position 19 18
Laps 56/58 57/58
Pit stops 3 3

Lotus drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 103.531 97.37 96.52 96.825 97.346 96.237 95.993 96.413 96.477 97.023 98.668 97.788 99.189 97.846 97.935 113.475 95.53 95.038 95.261 95.175 96.089 94.871 95.093 95.182 95.006 95.273 95.431 95.166 96.13 95.648 96.643 110.809 93.799 93.887 93.849 93.677 93.395 95.568 93.818 94.09 94.404 94.485 93.791 93.654 94.001 94.089 94.775 94.831 95.565 97.533 99.126 99.408 100.091 116.399 92.695 93.462
Jarno Trulli 104.673 97.045 97.043 97.006 96.454 96.389 96.078 96.393 96.443 97.501 97.874 99.34 98.647 112.658 94.974 94.814 94.901 94.68 94.979 94.912 94.802 94.789 95.168 96.265 96.212 112.432 94.328 94.198 94.124 94.144 95.922 94.392 94.465 94.312 95.701 94.355 94.586 94.455 95.436 111.567 94.254 93.696 93.185 93.019 93.28 93.787 93.483 93.355 92.862 93.19 94.28 95.15 95.973 94.72 94.172 94.293 96.713
Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Istanbul, 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Istanbul, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen

Kovalainen was pleased with his “right on the money” qualifying lap. He was half-a-second away from making it into Q2.

He got up to 15th at the start but was passed by Sebastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari in the opening laps.

He tried to run a two-stop strategy but his lap times dropped off badly towards the end of the race and he had to make an extra stop. A hydraulic problem meant his DRS and differential weren’t working properly.

Chief technical officer Mika Gascoyne said that without his problems, Kovalainen would have been able to beat Pastor Maldonado again:

“We were concerned that he would not be able to get to the end, and that if his tyres went off he would be unable to stop again but we were forced to keep him on two stops and turn off the differential and clutch off which made his car very difficult to handle.

“Without that, I think we would have been able to beat Maldonado on the track.”

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Jarno Trulli

Trulli also had DRS problems. His surfaced in qualifying, explaining his deficit to Kovalainen of almost nine tenths of a second.

He ran a conventional three-stop strategy and inherited 18th place from his struggling team mate, finishing almost half a minute behind Maldonado.

Jarno Trulli 2011 form guide

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