Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit

Lotus: Both drivers unhappy with HRT rivals

2011 Indian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Lotus duo blamed HRT drivers for delays in their race.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 18 19
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’28.565 (-0.187) 1’28.752
Race position 14 19
Laps 58/60 55/60
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 106.173 97.308 96.011 95.49 95.142 94.344 94.476 93.758 93.927 93.698 93.664 93.354 93.397 93.657 93.195 93.346 93.464 93.032 93.077 93.458 96.243 111.312 92.645 92.925 93.769 93.836 92.892 92.27 92.008 93.105 93.321 91.682 92.146 95.17 91.774 92.7 91.867 91.548 91.403 91.982 94.248 111.17 92.715 91.758 91.287 91.293 93.061 91.062 91.296 91.737 91.393 91.212 93.278 93.393 90.845 90.623 92.361 90.294
Jarno Trulli 191.592 136.721 98.794 97.392 97.051 97.032 96.179 95.843 95.718 95.952 97.02 99.914 100.774 97.731 99.344 98.748 97.183 95.295 97.658 98.121 96.466 97.502 95.836 97.837 94.542 96.528 102.353 115.198 94.537 96.674 95.667 97.071 93.701 95.193 92.934 93.984 93.932 95.695 94.74 95.256 95.413 92.494 96.814 92.364 95.416 92.76 93.815 93.369 91.885 95 92.345 91.691 94.662 95.853 124.901

Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.226s
Pit stop 2 Hard 22.001s

As ever it was Kovalainen who led the way for Lotus, confirming their gradual progress towards the midfield by qualifying seven-tenths of a second slower than Kamui Kobayashi.

As several cars in front of him made early pit stops, Kovalainen briefly ran 14th and was as high as tenth before his first pit stop.

He kept Bruno Senna in sight in the first stint but dropped back in the second. The recovering Vitaly Petrov and Paul di Resta came past him, and he finished 14th.

After the race he was critical of the HRT drivers: “I was seriously held up by the HRTs when they had blue flags shown to them. I think they held up Lewis [Hamilton] as well and they definitely cost me quite a lot of time.”

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Jarno Trulli

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 40.734s
Pit stop 2 Soft 22.894s
Pit stop 3 Hard 24.1501s

Trulli was hit by Narain Karthikeyan on the first lap, tipping him into a spin. He had to drag the car back to the pits with a puncture and rear floor damage.

This left him over two minutes behind at the end of lap two, making for a very boring race. “The bad luck struck again,” he lamented.

Jarno Trulli 2011 form guide

Karun Chandhok

Drove Heikki Kovalainen’s car in first practice.

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