2011 Belgian GP team review
The Lotus cars ran with the ‘Team Lotus’ logos changed to read ‘Team Loftus’, in honour of owner Tony Fernandes’s purchase of football team QPR.
|Heikki Kovalainen||Jarno Trulli|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||2’06.780 (-1.993)||2’08.773|
Lotus drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
A sterling late effort from Kovalainen in Q1 saw him improve his time despite running wide at Rivage as fresh rain fell on the track. His time was good enough to bump Paul di Resta out and secure a place in Q2.
Di Resta got down the inside of him at the first corner at the start. But when the Force India was hit by Timo Glock, Kovalainen had to take avoiding action and hit his team mate.
Kovalainen had to pit for a new front wing. He made up some ground thanks to the safety car, and passed Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jerome D’Ambrosio after which he was within four seconds of his team mate.
Rubens Barrichello appeared behind him with two laps to go but Kovalainen kept the Williams driver behind to the flag.
The first-corner contact between the Lotuses damaged Trulli’s floor, so he was content to finish 14th after a brief battle with Bruno Senna:
“When the safety car came out I was able to close the gap to the cars ahead. That gave me the chance to fight with the Renault and I passed him and was then able to keep pace with the other guys ahead.
“One of the best points of the race was the first stop I made – I came in just behind one of the HRTs and the pit crew did a brilliant job to get me out fast enough to pass him in the pit lane, so I want to thank them and the whole team for a really solid weekend.”
Trulli had to make do without the new power steering introduced at Hungary as it was found not to be powerful enough to use at Spa. The team expect he will not be able to use it at Monza either.
Drove Heikki Kovalainen’s car in first practice.
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