Malaysian GP team-by-team: Lotus

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Lotus were the quickest of the new teams in qualifying but unreliability dogged them during the race.

Jarno TrulliHeikki Kovalainen
Qualifying position1815
Qualifying time comparison (Q1)1’52.884 (+0.009)1’52.875
Race position17
Average race lap1’50.895 (-11.611)2’02.506
Pit stops11
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times - Lotus (click to enlarge)

Jarno Trulli

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.

Compare Jarno Trulli’s form against his team mate in 2010

Heikki Kovalainen

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.

Compare Heikki Kovalainen’s form against his team mate in 2010

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Keith Collantine
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One comment on “Malaysian GP team-by-team: Lotus”

  1. Keith, I think (and as you also point out) that Heikki had two stops not one like it says on the table: the puncture and the longer (like 11 minutes) one with the hydraulics…

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