Team Lotus Singapore Grand Prix 2011

September 26, 2011

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Weather   Dry Min / max air temp: 31˚ / 32˚
Min / max track temperature: 33˚  / / 35˚
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-01
  1930: Car leaves for grid / 1 lap
1945: Pitlane closes
1959: Fire up
2001: Lights out
Lap 17: Pitstop 1
Lap 20: Pitstop 2 (puncture)
Lap 45: Pitstop 3
Lap 48: Retired – gearbox issue
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
  1931: Car leaves for grid / 1 lap
1945: Pitlane closes
1959: Fire up
2001: Lights out
Lap 12: Pitstop 1
Lap 28: Pitstop 2
Lap 48: Pitstop 3
Finished 16th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04: “I’m really pleased with the performance today and we should all be happy as it was a great race from the whole team. The pitstop strategy worked out well for us and the boys worked brilliantly to get me out quickly each time, helping me make sure I could stay ahead of Petrov at each stop.

“The car felt balanced throughout the whole race and the tyres worked well so I was able to pull away from Petrov and ended up finishing strongly in 16th. It’s also good that the upgrade we’ve brought here has helped us take a small step forward and I think we’ll see more from that in Suzuka where it will come more into its own. After a race like today I can’t wait to get back in the car, so we leave Singapore feeling pretty good about the last few races of the season.”

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-01: “I had another really good start and was ahead of both Renaults and the Toro Rosso. They were pushing me but the car felt great and I was able to keep ahead of them pretty comfortably, coming out of the first stop still ahead and feeling good on the second set of tyres.

“Then Jaime hit my left rear and I had to come which was pretty disappointing – it’s just bad luck really, but that meant I had to try and fight back which I did my best to do until the gearbox problem meant I had to pull over. I’m pleased for the team that we were able to fight from the start and I think it’s a good sign that we could do so well in the race, but now we move on to Japan and I hope we can keep pushing on there.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: “I think we can be pleased with how we Heikki finished but again the luck was not with Jarno. Another good start put him in a very good position early on and even after his first pitstop he was still in good shape.

“After that the puncture meant he had to give up the positions he had won at the start which is obviously very bad luck but it was fortunate that Heikki was able to push throughout the whole race and finish in front of the Renault. I think that is a good car and it shows that our car is getting better and better. Engine wise it was all ok for us. We managed the temperatures the pressures well and had no issues on either car so I think we can be pretty happy with how it ended.”

McLaren German Grand Prix 2011

July 24, 2011

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2011 SANTANDER GERMAN GRAND PRIX

“It was a gripping race, real edge-of-the-seat stuff, and the victory was mighty satisfying”

Nurburgring, Sunday July 24

LEWIS HAMILTON

MP4-26A-03

Started:            2nd

Finished:          1st

Fastest lap:      1m34.302ss (1st)

Pitstops:          Three: laps 16, 31 and 50 (Op-Op-Op-Pri)

2011 points:     134 (3rd)

“Every win is special – but with all the emotion, effort and energy the team put into today’s victory, this one feels even more special than usual.

“Coming into this weekend, I said I’d take things one race at a time. So to win today is massively positive for us, but there’s a long way to go and it’ll be about consistency as well as speed from here on in.

“Driving lap after lap within tenths of each other was about trying to do everything as perfectly as possible – yet, being aggressive yet controlled, I felt the moves I made today were some of the most precise I’ve ever pulled off.

“Being able to drive with your head as well as your heart, and getting it just right, is massively satisfying.

“The fight for the world championship will be very, very, very hard now. We’re back in the fight though, and I really hope we can carry this forward and keep the momentum going.”

JENSON BUTTON

MP4-26A-04

Started:            7th

Finished:          Ret – 35 laps, hydraulic issue

Fastest lap:      1m36.258s (+1.956 s, 9th)

Pitstops:          One: lap 24 (Op-Op)

2011 points:     109 (5th)

“First, I’d like to congratulate Lewis on a fantastic victory this afternoon. He’s done a great job all weekend and this result gives everyone in the team a massive boost ahead of next weekend’s race in Hungary.

“As for my race, I had a terrible opening lap. I got too much wheelspin away from the line and had to fight my way back from 10th place. I got stuck behind Vitaly [Petrov], who was very difficult to pass because he moved a lot in the braking areas. But once I’d passed him, I enjoyed fighting back through the field.

“I’d just overtaken Nico [Rosberg] for sixth when my power steering started to get heavy. Soon after, we retired the car on safety grounds because we had a hydraulic issue. It was a very disappointing end, but these things sometimes happen in motor racing and you just have to put it behind you and move on.

“Already I’ve turned my attention to next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, where I hope to have better luck. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes goes there on the back of a win and it’s my intention to be back on the podium for my 200th grand prix.”

MARTIN WHITMARSH

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“What can I say? Lewis was perfect in qualifying, and perfect in the race, and the result was perfect too.

“He made a brilliant start from the front row, storming past Mark [Webber] into the lead, and then nailed the first few laps.

“After that, the team made all the right strategy calls, and the pitcrew executed the pitstops faultlessly, under extreme pressure.

“It was a gripping race, real edge-of-the-seat stuff, with all three teams involved operating at the top of their form. When that happens, the victory is particularly hard-won – and mighty satisfying too.

Believe me, this success will be celebrated loud and long in Nürburgring and Woking tonight – and in Brixworth and Stuttgart too, homes of Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, whose home Grand Prix this is. As always, their engine was superb today.

“Jenson had a difficult weekend, however, and his race ended prematurely today as a result of a hydraulic failure. He’ll be disappointed, inevitably, but he’s a magnificent team player, and a fabulous driver, and I’m sure he’ll bounce back in Budapest next weekend.

“As for Lewis, well, I reckon his 16th Grand Prix victory was one of his very best: a scintillatingly authoritative performance that all too clearly underlines what a fearsomely competitive individual he is.”

Ferrari Report British Grand Prix 2011

July 12, 2011

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Red Bull Monaco Grand Prix 2011

May 29, 2011

 

Sunday 29 May 2011

“WE TOOK THE RISK AND GOT THE REWARD…”

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER Start Position: POLE POSITION

“It’s difficult to describe today; it’s a great feeling. I’ve seen what it takes to win here. Today it was a crazy race. It’s difficult to imagine you can one-stop at this race, but that’s more or less what we did.

“Our first pit stop was not spot on and we lost the position to Jenson. I was surprised when Jenson came in and we had to react, he was pulling away on the soft tyres while I was on the hard tyres. I thought ‘don’t give up’ and kept pushing to close the gap.

“The safety car helped us, but it was no walk in the park to do roughly 60 laps on the same set of tyres – our estimation was not allowing that! We took a lot of risks, but that made today’s win even sweeter. Towards the end of the race the tyres I had were nowhere close to fresh – but I saw the only way to win the race was to stay out.

“I had 20 laps where I was under pressure from Fernando and Jenson, it would have been a difficult final six laps, but there was another safety car and a suspended race, so we were able to change the tyres. I’m extremely happy.

“At some stage I was in P2 and 15 seconds behind Jenson, so victory seemed far away, but it’s a crazy place here. I think the roulette was spun last night and kept on spinning during this race. I’m really, really happy. A fantastic result and a huge honour to put my name on the list of Monaco race winners.

“We fully deserved this win, we took the risk and we got the reward.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 2nd

“We didn’t really go long enough on the first stint, which is normal for me on these tyres, so that compromised me. When I arrived in the pits we didn’t have any tyres out, I arrived and sat there, but the boys were still getting them ready.

“There was a radio communication problem within the team and so they weren’t properly prepared. When you wait here, you lose track position and you have to wait behind people, so it was not bad to get fourth from there. I don’t know why we restarted the race when there were only five laps left – but that was the decision and it turned out okay. I hope Vitaly (Petrov) is okay.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal:

“A phenomenal drive by Sebastian today. We had a communication problem with the first stop, which affected both drivers as they were both stopping on the same lap. It delayed Sebastian, but we managed to re-adjust our strategy. We didn’t panic and managed to engineer ourselves out of the situation to get him back into the lead. He then had an awfully long way to go on the harder tyre, which he made work.

“He soaked up huge pressure from Fernando and Jenson and then our hearts were in our mouths when the accident happened just in front of him. But he picked his way through that and, with the benefit of the option tyre, was able to have a bit more comfort in the remaining laps after the re-start.

“It was a classy drive from Sebastian today and a tremendous team performance to recover from what looked to be a difficult first stop to win the race. At one stage Mark was 15th after the first round of stops, but he never gave up and kept on pushing through.

“He pulled a great move on Kobayashi on the last couple of laps who’s not an easy guy to pass and it was a shame not to have him on the podium today, as he deserved to be there.”

CYRIL DUMONT, Renault:

“Once again it was a really good result for Sebastian and it could be worse for the start of the season – five out of six wins! I don’t know where we have to go back to, to see these kind of results.

“Regarding Mark, it was a bit chaotic in the first pit stop, but it was a great recovery and nice to see him finish fourth. It’s hard to overtake on this track, but he did it.

“Overall we had a great result this weekend, we scored more points than our opponents and it’s a great start to the season.”

Lotus Renault Preview Spanish Grand Prix 2011

May 18, 2011

Lotus Renault R31

Nick Heidfeld, Renault
2010 Qualifying – n/a, 2010 Race – n/a

“We will be bringing some more new parts, which will help us improve our performance. This is all part of our ongoing aggressive development strategy. Also, we will get into the swing of things quickly because the whole team knows the circuit well, and teams using a simulator won’t have such an advantage here. Over the years I have enjoyed some good races in Spain – it’s a challenging track and it will be interesting to return. I have got many memories – one that I particularly remember is a pit-lane battle with Jenson (Button) when we were both exiting at the same time, both at the highest speed limit you are allowed and I think I just got out ahead of him.”

Vitaly Petrov, Renault
2010 Qualifying – 14th, 2010 Race – 11th

“I’ve been at this track many times before, and I have a lot of experience of racing here in GP2 and F3000 when I won some podiums. I’ve also driven here in Formula One, and of course the testing earlier this year. However, the weather then (during testing) was quite cold so the preparation this time around will be different. It’s going to be an interesting weekend because everyone knows this track quite well, so it will be a close fight and the lap time gaps will be quite small.”

Eric Boullier, Renault team principal
“Since we last drove there in testing, we have added upgrades to the car so we will be performing better than in the winter. The situation is also different: it is a race weekend and the way we approach this is different from testing. We hope to make another step forward to fight again for the top six. I think that with the DRS, anything is possible. Mainly because of the tyre degradation, there is a need for some aggressive strategies that allow overtaking on track and of course a very good race finish too.”

Lotus Renault to bring Upgrades to Turkey

April 29, 2011

Lotus Renault R31

Nick Heidfeld believes that the Lotus Renault has more to give: “It’s been a bit up and down. On the positive side, the car is very innovative and it is quick. It is also responding well to set-up changes, it has got a good straight-line speed and has already proved to be competitive on different track layouts.

“We’ve already achieved two podiums from three races, which is a real plus but on the other side, we haven’t yet fulfilled our potential and I hope both we, as a team, and I can improve on that. The first three races gave us a good picture of our strengths and weaknesses, and with the break we’ve just had we’ve been able to analyse where we can improve further.

“I think we’ve shown over the first three races that we have a good car and Istanbul could be very interesting because it is the first European race and a lot of teams will bring updates, including us. Hopefully we’ll be able to give a good performance again.

His team mate, Vitali Petrov ramains confident: “We’re expecting upgrades for Turkey which is good, and of course the other teams will react too and work hard to beat us. We’ll be doubling our efforts in order to catch the teams in front. You never know what can happen during a race weekend but both my team and I will fight hard.”

Eric Boullier, the Team Principal, is looking for victory: “I think that they can do even better. During the last three races, they were still getting to know the car and they showed good pace and results. I’m pretty sure that they now have the near-to-victory taste in their mouths so they need to keep on pushing. I know the team is absolutely 100% behind both of them to help pushing them to deliver.”

 

Lotus Renault Must Improve

April 26, 2011

Lotus Renault R31

Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault’s Team Principal,  knows that the car has pace but needs reliability. “If you look at Q2, Vitaly’s pace showed where we should have been. If we have this pace, then we need to have perfect weekends.

“We cannot afford to have any bad weekends and definitely to have a perfect weekend we need to be ready to cope with everything.

“If you want to play with the big boys, then we have to be there and we have to run perfectly. Let’s say we took it wrong from the beginning. We just couldn’t do it. I don’t want to upset the guys obviously, but we had a couple of things wrong that definitely we have not been able to handle or react to accordingly.

“Vitaly’s engine problem was not our fault obviously, but we could have clearly briefed our drivers on how to get rid of this but that was not done.

“That incident affected Heidfeld’s qualifying, and it was a snowball effect from then on. Everything was going wrong, and during the race it was the same. Starting 10th and 16th we could have maybe been a bit more aggressive on the strategy.

“There is clearly something to investigate in the way Rosberg did it for example, because he was six seconds off Button before pitting and then when everybody pitted he was five seconds ahead of everybody.

“Then you look at Hamilton, with his strategy, to save one set of tyres as he did was brave. As soon as you pit, you can gain an advantage of five to eight seconds over your competitors, and that changes a lot the position on track.

“So if you are clear ahead and have clear laps, then you just pull away because the traffic is not affecting your pace. Our people are very good on strategy, but I think with the Pirelli degradation we just need to handle the weekend differently.

“It’s the famous rear wing. For us, with three weeks to go, we should have a good upgrade on the car but everyone will be the same.

“We definitely would like to keep our position and fighting for fifth or sixth place. That would be a good step.”

 

Lotus Renault Aware of Limitations

April 20, 2011

Lotus Renault R31

Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault’s team principal was frustrated by the team’s inability to overcome problems during the Chinese Grand prix: “If you look at Q2, Vitaly’s pace showed where we should have been. If we have this pace, then we need to have perfect weekends.

“We cannot afford to have any bad weekends and definitely to have a perfect weekend we need to be ready to cope with everything.

“If you want to play with the big boys, then we have to be there and we have to run perfectly.”

“Let’s say we took it wrong from the beginning. We just couldn’t do it. I don’t want to upset the guys obviously, but we had a couple of things wrong that definitely we have not been able to handle or react to accordingly.

“Vitaly’s engine problem was not our fault obviously, but we could have clearly briefed our drivers on how to get rid of this but that was not done.

“That incident affected Heidfeld’s qualifying, and it was a snowball effect from then on. Everything was going wrong, and during the race it was the same. Starting 10th and 16th we could have maybe been a bit more aggressive on the strategy.

“There is clearly something to investigate in the way Rosberg did it for example, because he was six seconds off Button before pitting and then when everybody pitted he was five seconds ahead of everybody.

“Then you look at Hamilton, with his strategy, to save one set of tyres as he did was brave. As soon as you pit, you can gain an advantage of five to eight seconds over your competitors, and that changes a lot the position on track.

“So if you are clear ahead and have clear laps, then you just pull away because the traffic is not affecting your pace. Our people are very good on strategy, but I think with the Pirelli degradation we just need to handle the weekend differently.”

“It’s the famous rear wing. For us, with three weeks to go, we should have a good upgrade on the car but everyone will be the same.

“We definitely would like to keep our position and fighting for fifth or sixth place. That would be a good step.”

 

Force India’s Malaysian Grand Prix 2011

April 10, 2011

2011 Malaysia Grand Prix Report – 10 April

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM04/04)     11th (56 laps)

Paul Di Resta (car 15, VJM04/02)  10th  (56 laps)

Temperatures
Air maximum/minimum: 28.0°C  Humidity: 80.0 – 86.2%
Track maximum: 31.0°C  Track minimum: 28.0°C

The Force India Formula One Team came home in 10th and 11th positions at the end of today’s Malaysia Grand Prix. The team is now joint 5th in the Constructors’ Championship with four points on the table, and Paul joins Adrian on two Championship points.

Both drivers made a clean race start, however Adrian had to return to the pits for a new nose on lap 3 after a coming together with Barrichello. Paul was the first to make a tyre stop, with a strategy for the race of option/new option/option/new prime, while Adrian ran with option/new option/new prime/option tyres. Paul had a very good race battling with Rosberg and the mid-fielders in the first stint and Schumacher in the second. He made up four places to bring home another point for the team today. Adrian quickly made up lost ground due to the early nose change and was charging through the field for most of the race. He ran consistently in 12th position until a retirement by Petrov led to Adrian crossing the line in a well deserved 11th place.

Adrian Sutil (car 14)
The first few laps were not brilliant as I lost my front wing touching Barrichello’s rear tyre. Then we had a two-stop strategy, I went into the pits for the soft tyres, then another set of hard and another set of soft, and made them last well, which is positive. We could have been in for a much better finishing position, which is a shame. Overall it was a disappointing weekend for me, but the team did a great job with the pitstops so I’d like to thank them for that.

Paul Di Resta (car 15)
I am quite happy I must say. The team did a good job with the strategy. I just could not hold off Michael at the end, he had fresher tyres and we had to stop a bit earlier for my third stop than predicted. But I also did not want to risk the championship point as well. I think the DRS showed some good racing today, so maybe we can be confident that in China our race pace may even be a little bit better. We were battling with cars that were a little bit quicker than us today, so overall I think we had a great race.

Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
Once again, it was a satisfying race for the Force India team. The boys did a great job with the pitstops in very difficult weather conditions and the team’s strategies worked very well. Paul did an excellent job coming home in the points once again, while I believe that Adrian would also have finished in the top ten had it not been for the early nose change which altered his two-stop strategy. I am very proud of what the team has achieved here in Sepang this weekend and hope that we can carry this momentum, and great team spirit, with us to the race in China next week.

Petrov Secures Third Place in Australia

March 31, 2011

Lotus Renault R31

Vitaly Petrov scored a very impressive third place for Lotus Renault at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. He commented: “At the start I was catching Mark Webber then he pitted and I had to push as much as I could.

“In the middle of the race my radio wasn’t working very well so I just tried to push as hard as I can and everything was good. I had to pull away from Fernando but it was not so much pressure. He was still quite far away from me and I could pull away at the last corner.

“I’m very proud. The result is for all of us and I’m totally ecstatic.”

Eric Boullier, the team principal, was justifiably proud  of Petrov’s performance and his mental approach to the race. “We work all the winter for him to learn and understand how to avoid this lack of concentration. “His relationship with the team is much better. He now understands he needs to compose his driving so he has taken a major step.

“He was nowhere a year ago, not zero, but F1 is a challenge. He is now a guy who clearly has his place in F1. Vitaly did a great job and it was good for the team because they had a very good winter.

“He made some good progress but knowing the pace of Robert, whether he could have been better or worse, I don’t want to think of it.”

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