Jarno Trulli said Felipe Massa caused the damaged which forced him to pit early.
|Heikki Kovalainen||Jarno Trulli|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’27.184 (+0.537)||1’26.647|
Lotus drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 23.298s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 22.611s|
Kovalainen was at a loss to explain being beaten by his team mate in qualifying for only the second time this year.
He took avoiding action at the first corner when he saw Vitantonio Liuzzi arriving at the first corner “in a pretty hardcore style”.
He wasn’t able to keep the recovering Rubens Barrichello behind as he had at Spa and finished 37 seconds behind the Williams.
|Pit stop 1||Soft 30.391s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 23.42s|
Having had to go without Lotus’s revised power steering system in Spa, Trulli had the upper hand at Lotus on Saturday: “I?óÔé¼Ôäóm able to feel my way around the whole lap, which gives me the chance to put in laps like I did to get into the 1.26s.”
The team announced an extension of Trulli’s contract for 2012 on race morning. But he was delayed in the race following an altercation with Felipe Massa:
“While I was racing Heikki, I think Massa got into trouble into the first chicane, so I had to go off track to avoid hitting him. When I rejoined the track he shut the door on me, so I went down the inside, kept flat out and managed to overtake him.
“Then, going into the first corner I had two faster cars behind me with KERS ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ they had just pressed the button and while going into the second corner Massa lost the car under braking and hit me which forced me into the car next to me, damaging the front end of the car and the front wing.
“It was really unlucky as I was basically in a sandwich and I was the only one that was damaged.”
Trulli was able to recover the place he lost to Timo Glock during his pit stop and finished 14th.
Drove Jarno Trulli’s car in first practice. Tony Fernandes has since suggested he could race again in the Indian Grand Prix.
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