Lotus: Trulli blames Massa for damage

2011 Italian GP team review

Jarno Trulli said Felipe Massa caused the damaged which forced him to pit early.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 20 19
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’27.184 (+0.537) 1’26.647
Race position 13 14
Laps 51/53 51/53
Pit stops 2 2

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
Heikki Kovalainen 128.639 143.656 133.934 94.174 94.276 94.146 94.225 92.103 92.135 92.029 92.043 91.978 91.701 91.82 92.035 91.929 92.213 91.843 91.984 92.905 96.554 111.699 91.735 91.205 91.414 92.12 91.168 91.029 93.014 90.702 91.045 92.363 91.01 90.827 95.405 110.443 90.301 90.583 90.19 90.391 90.326 90.193 90.309 90.159 89.987 89.841 90.229 90.034 90.005 89.639 93.384
Jarno Trulli 129.971 143.425 132.976 94.261 108.894 119.563 91.965 91.628 91.43 92.01 91.482 91.549 91.448 91.498 91.358 91.759 93.017 91.608 91.687 91.911 91.964 92.126 93.536 98.089 113.487 94.075 91.403 91.093 90.908 90.845 90.915 90.951 92.572 90.518 92.402 90.328 90.174 93.388 90.843 90.696 90.622 91.974 91.548 90.483 91.734 90.46 94.179 90.997 91.065 89.825 91.599

Heikki Kovalainen

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 23.298s
Pit stop 2 Medium 22.611s

Kovalainen was at a loss to explain being beaten by his team mate in qualifying for only the second time this year.

He took avoiding action at the first corner when he saw Vitantonio Liuzzi arriving at the first corner “in a pretty hardcore style”.

He wasn’t able to keep the recovering Rubens Barrichello behind as he had at Spa and finished 37 seconds behind the Williams.

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Monza, 2011

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Monza, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 30.391s
Pit stop 2 Medium 23.42s

Having had to go without Lotus’s revised power steering system in Spa, Trulli had the upper hand at Lotus on Saturday: “I?m able to feel my way around the whole lap, which gives me the chance to put in laps like I did to get into the 1.26s.”

The team announced an extension of Trulli’s contract for 2012 on race morning. But he was delayed in the race following an altercation with Felipe Massa:

“While I was racing Heikki, I think Massa got into trouble into the first chicane, so I had to go off track to avoid hitting him. When I rejoined the track he shut the door on me, so I went down the inside, kept flat out and managed to overtake him.

“Then, going into the first corner I had two faster cars behind me with KERS ?ǣ they had just pressed the button and while going into the second corner Massa lost the car under braking and hit me which forced me into the car next to me, damaging the front end of the car and the front wing.

“It was really unlucky as I was basically in a sandwich and I was the only one that was damaged.”

Trulli was able to recover the place he lost to Timo Glock during his pit stop and finished 14th.

Jarno Trulli 2011 form guide

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Drove Jarno Trulli’s car in first practice. Tony Fernandes has since suggested he could race again in the Indian Grand Prix.

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13 comments on Lotus: Trulli blames Massa for damage

  1. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 12th September 2011, 10:56

    First Keith, not firts ;)

    Sorry for being a grammar nazi!

  2. hawkfist said on 12th September 2011, 10:57

    Pity we didn’t see that incident at all. The entire first half of the race seemed to be almost solely focused on Hamilton and Schumacher. Typically, as soon as they go away from them Hamilton actually overtook him but I digress.

    I thought the directing was very dodgy again this weekend, and actually missed a lot of the exciting battles going on.

    • bosyber said on 12th September 2011, 11:06

      True I kept hoping for a bit more on what exactly happened around Liuzzi and just ahead of him, maybe with his in-car footage? Guess just like with Maldonado in Spa, they forgot to give the back of the grid a real camera?

    • I didn’t even think Massa lost so many positions with his spin. He should’ve been shown on TV.

    • bosyber said on 13th September 2011, 15:05

      On the plus side, and sorry for dragging up things that aren’t really funny: Trulli will have the photos to prove it next race, won’t he, and maybe a spectator video of it too.

  3. again the FOM feed fails. It’s like if it doesn’t happen to the top 6 guys, it’s not worthy of coverage. Also if it is indeed what happened, why didn’t the stewards investigate Massa for this? Fail across the board for FIA and FOM yet again.

  4. Here is a photo of the Massa/Trulli/Buemi incident. It all looks like a bit of a mess, and it’s hard to really work out what happened without a video. I don’t know how Buemi didn’t end up spinning in the incident.

    http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/image/58838.html?page=1

    • bosyber said on 13th September 2011, 15:09

      So was this just after Massa spun thanks to the contact with Webber then?

      Nice find, it does seem like Trulli then hit Buemi, not helping his pace either, after already having damage from the first corner incident.

  5. ‘Hardcore’, Heikki’s favourite word.

  6. In all the kerfuffle I think its been missed that this was a really good strong result for Lotus. Well done to the team

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