Heikki Kovalainen said he was “upset” not to have helped Lotus score any points in his two races for the team in place of Kimi Raikkonen.
Kovalainen, who finished 14th in Brazil, said it had been “a great opportunity” to drive for the team.
“I’m upset that I was not able to score any points for them today,” he said. “I think the car is great, but I was not able to unlock the pace and make the most of it.”
Kovalainen admitted he hadn’t got the most out of the E21 in Brazil or America: “I made some mistakes – probably through lack of routine – but I was anticipating it would be easier to come back and race competitively.”
“My starts both here and in Austin were really poor, with procedural issues both times meaning I wasn’t able to keep pace with everyone off the line. That was disappointing as it’s such a big part of the race and it’s very difficult to recover positions.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Lotus F1 Team for all their support during these two races.”
Trackside operations director Alan Permane conceded “it was always going to be difficult for Heikki to climb back into the points” but said “we’re nonetheless disappointed to come away from this weekend with nothing on the board”.
Romain Grosjean retired early in the race with engine failure, meaning Lotus were unable to beat Ferrari to third in the constructors’ championship.
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