Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Lotus: Trulli over a minute behind Kovalainen

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

An unwell Jarno Trulli was outclassed by Heikki Kovalainen in Abu Dhabi.

Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
Qualifying position 17 18
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’42.979 (-0.905) 1’43.884
Race position 17 18
Laps 54/55 53/55
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 54 55
Heikki Kovalainen 122.351 111.812 110.787 111.439 110.38 109.513 109.345 109.055 109.089 109.103 109.048 108.683 108.967 109.342 109.295 110.978 129.837 108.542 108.435 108.598 108.462 108.555 108.134 109.061 108.147 108.128 107.914 107.583 107.681 109.234 110.015 107.58 108.067 107.62 107.5 108.203 107.265 107.731 109.473 129.785 109.269 108.405 108.476 107.65 107.066 107.137 107.032 107.005 107.089 106.61 109.476 106.944 107.412 107.445
Jarno Trulli 124.833 113.732 112.538 112.061 111.686 110.8 110.238 110.318 110.875 109.494 109.383 111.26 109.881 109.77 110.155 109.895 112.528 130.537 109.61 109.639 109.356 111.395 108.845 108.473 108.52 108.256 111.231 108.025 108.003 107.825 108.296 110.04 107.82 107.464 109.439 107.444 111.329 109.813 107.773 108.069 107.538 109.539 131.206 110.464 109.142 112.099 111.578 109.576 110.759 110.912 108.256 107.69 108.496

Heikki Kovalainen

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.146s
Pit stop 2 Medium 20.652s

After qualifying ahead of Trulli as usual (the score is now 15-2), Kovalainen’s thoughts were on the next qualifying session rather than the next race:

“I’m looking forward to Brazil where we have an update to the rear wing coming ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ that should give us a better chance of using the DRS more effectively around the whole lap in qualifying, helping us get much closer to our race pace on Saturday afternoons, so another quick lap like that in Brazil with the update would be a great way to finish the qualifying sessions this season.”

Having started on softs, Kovalainen raced with some of the drivers who had started the race on medium tyres. Such as Kamui Kobayashi, who he passed on lap five in the DRS zone. He also kept the Williams pair behind him before pitting on lap 12 for soft tyres.

But as those who’d started on mediums switched to softs, Kovalainen was unable to keep them behind. Rubens Barrichello passed him on lap 24 and Sergio Perez did likewise ten laps later.

Kovalainen’s last pit stop dropped him behind Bruno Senna, before being demoted to 17th by Jaime Alguersuari.

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.824s
Pit stop 2 Medium 20.791s

Trulli arrived in Abu Dhabi with a fever and his difficulties were compounded by a loss of track time in final practice due to a gearbox problem.

His clutch slipped at the start and he was passed by Barrichello, Timo Glock and Vitantonio Liuzzi. However he soon passed the HRT driver and moved up to 17th.

Despite running the same strategy as his team mate he finished a huge 64 seconds behind. Much of that was lost in the final stint when they were on medium tyres, when Trulli was 1-2 seconds per lap slower than his team mate and lost more time being lapped.

Jarno Trulli 2011 form guide

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