Lotus pleased with Kovalainen’s “brilliant job”

2013 United States Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Heikki Kovalainen passed his first test as a Lotus driver with flying colours, ending the first day fifth fastest overall.

Lotus technical director Nick Chester said the team were impressed by his first day as a substitute for Kimi Raikkonen.

“We feel he’s done a brilliant job today, particularly with all the procedures and getting used to driving a new car,” said Chester.

“We felt it might take a little bit of time but actually straight away in P1 he was already looking after the car very well. He got into P2, fifth quickest, good long runs, I think he’s done a great job today.”

Kovalainen described his first day in the car as “pretty smooth”.

“We?ve had no major issues on track today and we just need to keep chipping away to see how good we can get the car for tomorrow and Sunday.

“We lost a bit of track time in the morning, but the car balance was reasonably good straight away. I was able to settle in and work immediately on the set-up and tyre work.

“All the procedures and routines are quite similar up and down the pit lane, plus I?m familiar with all the systems from driving with a Renault engine already this year and previously, so it was a pretty straightforward day.”

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42 comments on Lotus pleased with Kovalainen’s “brilliant job”

  1. danclapp (@danclapp) said on 16th November 2013, 13:32

    Cant wait till Kimi Alo, next year its going to be embarrasing for Kim, if Kov is even close to on Gro pace, then wow. Beforeanyone blames it on Kimi’s back he as been slow v Gro even when Gro was going through hard times, Gro as always been n his pace in qually. Im starting to think Lotus is the fastest car, do we think Gro is faster than Alo, Ham and Ros? No course we dont so how is he beating them? That Lotus is faster than we think and it does not look goodon Kimi does it.

  2. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 16th November 2013, 14:41

    I hope he does well on Sunday and in Brasil, but even if he does brilliantly there is not much chance of him getting next years drive, is there? Would be nice to see though.

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