Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2011

Lotus: Trulli and Chandhok to swap back in Hungary

2011 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Karun Chandhok took over Jarno Trulli’s car at Lotus but endured a tough comeback.

Heikki Kovalainen Karun Chandhok
Qualifying position 18 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’35.599 (-0.823) 1’36.422
Race position 16 20
Laps 58/60 56/60
Pit stops 2 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 59 60
Heikki Kovalainen 112.42 102.631 101.669 101.412 102.348 101.914 101.837 102.056 101.191 101.517 101.324 101.187 100.945 100.82 100.808 101.945 102.502 101.359 100.894 100.551 100.932 100.277 100.449 100.818 101.702 103.309 118.734 99.21 101.131 99.683 102.021 101.044 101.205 99.525 99.65 99.247 99.597 99.681 99.453 101.08 101.075 99.807 99.41 99.081 99.348 99.578 99.194 100.47 101.434 101.574 118.282 101.953 99.752 99.05 99.104 101.141 99.204 101.346
Karun Chandhok 115.754 105.844 103.154 102.78 102.463 102.667 102.25 102.51 103.319 144.536 133.725 102.093 101.412 101.644 104.278 102.408 103.06 101.963 103.852 104.687 101.708 101.689 103.708 101.573 101.597 101.837 106.036 129.156 129.21 101.458 103.664 102.23 101.073 101.202 102.84 104.917 103.433 101.372 101.182 100.91 102.751 105.164 104.665 100.858 100.599 101.161 101.835 102.903 101.199 103.916 104.966 124.99 100.815 102.573 102.917 100.435

Heikki Kovalainen

Without his usual team mate to race with Kovalainen had a lonely Grand Prix, finishing a lap behind Buemi and a lap ahead of the Virgins.

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2011
Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2011

Karun Chandhok

Chandhok made clear progress throughout his first race weekend in the cockpit since last year’s British Grand Prix. But he ended it some way off his team mate’s pace.

Having been 2.4s slower than Kovalainen in first practice he was within a second of his team mate in qualifying. “Tony [Fernandes] had said to me that if I could get within a second of Heikki he?d be proud,” said Chandhok, “and I finished about 0.8 off him so that?s a goal achieved.”

He had several spins during the weekend including during the race. Having started well he ran wide at turn four and fell to last place.

Chandhok kept pace with the Jerome d’Ambrosio-Daniel Ricciardo battle before having the first of two spins on lap nine.

He finished last, four laps down (despite Fernandes’ post-race remarks that he’d “finished the full 60 laps”) and two laps behind his team mate.

Chandhok said: “That?s a full race distance completed and an awful lot of learning under my belt.

“Honestly, that probably wasn?t the race I wanted – I had a couple of high speed spins and I think I need more time to get used to the tyres.

“When they start to go off there?s very little give compared to last year?s rubber, but that?s all part of the learning process and I?m glad I got the car home and did the best job I could.”

Lotus have confirmed Trulli will be back in the car at the Hungaroring.

Karun Chandhok 2011 form guide

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