Lotus were the quickest of the new teams in qualifying but unreliability dogged them during the race.
|Jarno Trulli||Heikki Kovalainen|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’52.884 (+0.009)||1’52.875|
|Average race lap||1’50.895 (-11.611)||2’02.506|
Narrowly missed out on reaching Q2 – Kovalainen edged him by just nine thousandths of a second.
Trulli survived his clash with Timo Glock but as his car’s handling deteriorated he slipped down the running order and was the last of the classified finishers.
Took Lotus to their first appearance in Q2 and qualified highest of the new cars.
A messy attempt at a pass on Lucas di Grassi left him with a punctures tyre, but he lost much more time with an hydraulic problem.
After a long pit stop he was sent back out at the end of the race but having lost ten laps he was not classified.