2011 British GP team review
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 time comparison (Q1)||1’34.923 (-1.533)||1’36.456|
Lotus drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
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.”
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.
Drove Kovalainen’s car in first practice.
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