Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Silverstone, 2011

Lotus: Technical problems limit cars to 11 laps

2011 British GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen reached Q2 for Lotus but glitches put both cars out of the race having completed just 11 laps.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 17 21
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’34.923 (-1.533) 1’36.456
Race position
Laps 1/52 10/52
Pit stops 0 0

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
Heikki Kovalainen 129.778
Jarno Trulli 131.753 119.282 118.269 116.521 116.186 116.412 116.1 115.923 115.491 115.981

Heikki Kovalainen

With rain threatening in qualifying, Lotus seized an opportunity to make a rare appearance in Q2. Kovalainen delivered a rapid lap on soft tyres and the Toro Rosso pair didn’t have enough time to respond before the rain returned.

That got him into Q2, but he couldn’t make any further progress and started 17th.

He managed just one lap in the race as an electrical problem robbed him of fourth gear. Mike Gascoyne said: “It looks like Heikki suffered an electrical problem on his gearbox which caused him to lose fourth gear so we had to pull him in and retire him.

“It was definitely not a problem with the gearbox itself so we need to take a close look at what went wrong on our side and make sure it does not happen again.”

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Silverstone, 2011
Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Silverstone, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Jarno Trulli

Trulli was out-qualified by Timo Glock and lost another place to Vitantonio Liuzzi at the start.

He was running two seconds behind Glock when he was forced to retire on lap 11. “We instructed him to stop as he had an oil leak and lost pressure so we had to end his race early to ensure we did not damage the engine,” said Gascoyne.

Karun Chandhok

Drove Kovalainen’s car in first practice.

Jarno Trulli 2011 form guide

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