Team Lotus Qualifying Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 29, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 INDIAN GRAND PRIX 2011
FP3 & QUALIFYING

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Weather   Hazy, sunny   Min / max air temperature:       28˚  / 31˚
Min / max track temperature:   33˚ / 37˚
Positions / fastest laps   FP3
TRU 19th, 1.29.355 (lap 20) / KOV 20th, 1.29.750 (lap 18)
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV 19th, 1.28.565 (lap 11) / TRU 20th, 1.28.752 (lap 12)
Total laps   FP3
TRU: 21 / KOV: 19
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV: 13 / TRU: 13
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03
  FP3
1100 – 1103: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
1103 – 1116: System checks
1116 – 1139: Run 2, 13 laps (hard tyres)
1139 – 1150: Adjustments – front wing flap angle
1150 – 1202: Run 3, 7 laps (soft tyres)
Qualifying
Q1
1359 – 1409: Run 1, 6 laps (hard tyres)
1409 – 1411: Refuel
1411 – 1422: Run 2, 7 laps (soft tyres)
Finished: 20th
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-01
  FP3
1100 – 1103: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
1103 – 1117: System checks
1117 – 1138: Run 2, 12 laps (hard tyres)
1138 – 1150: Adjustments – front wing flap angle, brake balance
1150 – 1202: Run 3, 6 laps (soft tyres)
Qualifying
Q1
1359 – 1409: Run 1, 6 laps (hard tyres)
1409 – 1411: Refuel, front wing flap adjusted
1411 – 1422: Run 2, 7 laps (soft tyres)
Finished: 19th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-01:

“I think I got as much out of the car as I could in quali and it’s good to put in a lap like that right towards the end of the run. Honestly, I’ve been struggling all weekend to find a balance and put heat into the tyres, so to come out on Saturday and hook up a lap within 0.7 of Kamui feels pretty good.

“As the weekend’s continuing the track’s getting better and better and I have to say I’m really enjoying myself out there, so tomorrow will be fun, particularly as we’ve shown recently that we can fight with the cars in front throughout the race.”

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-03:

“I was a bit unlucky with traffic on my quick laps and I think there were a couple of tenths to find but we were pretty close to pushing as hard as we could today in quali.

“ We’ve taken a step forward since yesterday as the times show, but we know our qualifying pace doesn’t reflect what we can do in the race so I want to make sure I can get back to the great race starts I’d been making a couple of races back and see where we end up tomorrow afternoon.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“We worked a lot last night on improving the balance of the car through the medium and high speed corners and on maximising our straight line speed so both cars have the best shot of competing with the teams ahead tomorrow. I think we will be ok – this is a similar layout to the last race in Korea and we were strong there so I think we can look forward to another good performance on Sunday.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“I think we can be reasonably pleased with our qualifying performance here. Our drivers were close to the maximum on their quickest laps and even though they had a couple of issues with traffic and struggled to generate heat in both compounds of tyres, we finished Q1 close to the group ahead.

“We know we can fight with a number of cars in the race so the aim for Sunday has to be a repeat of our races in Japan and Korea and maintain the strong end to the season we have been enjoying over the last few races.”

Riad Asmat, Group CEO:

“We did ok here. Both drivers have struggled a little with the tyres here but I think our qualifying performance today shows some of the hard work put in last night and this morning has brought us back to where we know we should be. Now we want to maintain the very good reliability we have seen all weekend and make sure both cars finish well tomorrow.

“I think the race itself is going to be a momentous occasion for everyone involved in the Indian Grand Prix and I hope the fans have something to cheer for, no matter what team they are following.”

Team Lotus Preview 1 Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 25, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX VIEW
KARUN CHANDHOK TO DRIVE IN FP1 IN INDIA

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Karun Chandhok

“I am very excited about driving at the new Buddh International Circuit in FP1 in front of my home crowd and while I am obviously disappointed that I won’t have the chance to race on Sunday, I accept the team’s decision to opt for the experience and talent they have at their disposal with Jarno and Heikki.

“This is a team that is still young, still growing, and I know that they have to do their best to secure their future in the sport – sometimes the hard decisions have to be made, and in this case it must have been a very difficult choice, but I understand that this isn’t about me. It’s about the team and everything the 254 people on track and back at the factory are doing to build for the future.

“For me, I believe that I have grown as a driver in and out of the car this year with my role in the Friday practice sessions and I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping the team have another strong weekend on track.”

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“I think India is going to be a fascinating race, for us and F1 in general. I suspect we are going to be given an incredible welcome, and to be able to race on a brand new circuit is always an interesting challenge, so whatever happens in the race I think it will be a great week for the whole sport.

“After Singapore I went back to Europe to do a day in the simulator to get used to the track, and it looks cool. There’s the obvious overtaking zone at the end of the long straight and then a few pretty standard medium speed corners but I think the main challenge for us is going to be finding a balance that suits the demands of T10 to T13, which is quick, and the hairpins at T3, T4 and T16.

“We won’t know anything about tyre degradation until we get out there, but whatever happens it’s going to be hot, probably a bit mad, but seriously good. I can’t wait!”

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-03:

“I’ve obviously been to a lot of new circuits throughout my F1 career but I’m looking forward to India more than most. I’ll do my usual cycle around the track on Thursday and have a close look at the circuit, and when I get in the car I’m usually up to speed within four or five laps.

“We’ll run similar downforce levels to the Korea / Suzuka spec and as we were genuinely competitive in the races at both those tracks I think we’ll be ok in India. I’m sure it will be another good race for us, and I think the whole weekend will be fascinating, for us and for the fans.”

Team Lotus Preview 2 Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 25, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX VIEW
KARUN CHANDHOK TO DRIVE IN FP1 IN INDIA

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“From a technical perspective the track looks like quite a few of the modern era F1 circuits, with a mix of high and medium speed corners and a long straight with a tight turn at the end at T4, which I am sure will create decent overtaking opportunities. It looks like there will be multiple lines for the drivers to take into that corner, as well as into T3 leading onto the straight, so I think we will see a lot of action onto and out of that section.

“Turns 10, 11 and 12 also look like they present the drivers with a bit of a challenge – they combine to make a long right that will be hard on the front left tyre and in layout it is akin to T8 in Turkey, but instead of being flat throughout it will need the drivers to go in hard on the throttle, come off the power into the first apex and then get back on through the middle section and out onto the run to T13.

“The next couple of turns are a little fiddly, but we might also see some overtaking into the final corner, T16, as it is a tight right leading onto the start finish straight after a pretty quick T15 which leads straight into T16.

“The tyres have probably been the single most important factor in upping the entertainment factor this season, but we will not know until Friday practice is completed just how they will perform in India. New tracks obviously lack basic grip until any meaningful running has been completed on them, and I am sure the Buddh circuit will be the same.

“Everyone up and down the pitlane will be in the same situation, so we will all be working hard on Friday to gather as much data as we can and give ourselves as good a shot at qualifying as we can, and at maintaining the race pace we showed in the last two Grands Prix. Whatever happens I am sure it will be a great weekend and one that will show the world just how well India can put on a global sporting spectacle.”

Tony Fernandes, Group CEO:

“I am very excited about the Indian Grand Prix and I would like to congratulate The Jaypee Group and everyone involved at the circuit for their hard work in creating what I am sure will be an incredible event.

“From the team perspective the key goal for us this weekend is to maintain the performance levels we saw in the last two races and while I am sure there will be fans in India who want to see Karun race for us on Sunday we had to make the best decision for the future of the team.

“While all the emotional reasons for him driving were right we were conscious that the limited running he has had in the car this season, largely due to the weather conditions that have hit most of his FP1 sessions, has not given him the best preparation for this race, so we have taken the very difficult decision not to run him in the race this weekend.

“It is absolutely vital that we secure tenth place in 2011 to give us the platform to keep growing and despite the fact that Karun’s performance levels have continued to improve every time he has driven for us in 2011, it was considered too much pressure to put on Karun to drive in his first home race, deal with all the attention he would have had and be able to perform at the same level as either of our regular race drivers over the whole weekend.

“For that reason we had to take the pragmatic decision to put our faith in the experience and pace we have in Jarno and Heikki, and are confident they will continue to perform at the level they have over the last two years with us. While this is obviously not the decision Karun wanted us to take he understands that we have to take the long-term view and do so in the best interests of the team.

“He also understands that his relationship with our team is not about just one race, it is about growing together and while this is an historic event, there will be many opportunities to race in India in the future, and he is in the best possible place with us to take advantage of those chances in seasons to come.”

Team Lotus Singapore Grand Prix 2011

September 26, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 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.”

Team Lotus Qualifying Singapore Grand Prix 2011

September 25, 2011

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SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 2011
FP3 & QUALIFYING

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Weather   Dry   Min / max air temperature:       30˚  / 32˚
Min / max track temperature:   32˚ / 35˚
Positions / fastest laps   FP3
KOV 19th, 1.52.510 (lap 14) / TRU 22nd, 1.53.823 (lap 17)
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV 19th, 1.50.948 (lap 2) / TRU 20th, 1.51.012 (lap 5)
Total laps   FP3
KOV: 17 / TRU: 18
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV: 6 / TRU: 6
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-01
  FP3
1900 – 1902: Installation, 1 lap (soft tyres)
1902 – 1916: System checks, brake balance adjusted
1916 – 1942: Run 2, 12 laps (soft tyres)
1942 – 1951: Adjustments – front wing flap, brake blanking
1951 – 2002: Run 3, 5 laps (super soft tyres)
Qualifying
Q1
2203 – 2211: Run 1, 3 laps
2211 – 2214: Refuel – front wing flap adjusted
2214 – 2222: Run 2, 3 laps
Finished 20th
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
  FP3
1900 – 1902: Installation, 1 lap (soft tyres)
1902 – 1920: System checks
1920 – 1941: Run 2, 10 laps (soft tyres)
1941 – 1950: Adjustments – brake blanking
1950 – 2002: Run 3, 6 laps (super soft tyres)
Qualifying
Q1
2203 – 2211: Run 1, 3 laps
2211 – 2213: Refuel
2213 – 2222: Run 2, 3 laps
Finished 19th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04: “I’m pretty pleased with that. I got held up on my second run but still managed to get within a second of the car ahead and I think I got close to getting the most out of the car I could.

“We definitely improved in FP3 and the wear rates weren’t too bad so I think we’re in good shape for tomorrow. It’s a long race, and one where the safety car will probably play a role in how it all ends up, so the aim for Sunday is clear – make sure we get both cars home to the end and put ourselves in a position to take advantage of what happens ahead.”

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-01: “Honestly I’ve struggled with the car all day and even though I managed to get much closer to Heikki in qualifying I’m still not all that happy with where we are.

“The guys in the garage have been working really hard all weekend to fix one or two problems we’ve had, and I want to thank them for getting the car to the point where I could get that quick laptime out of it, but now it’s about getting to the end of the race tomorrow in one piece.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: “We worked very hard last night on improving the driveability of the engines and the braking stability and give ourselves the right choice of engine maps for qualifying. The results prove we made the right choices and as this track has such specific demands on the engine, in terms of traction and maximising fuel economy, I think we have put ourselves in the right place to be able to push tomorrow.

“This is one of the hardest tracks on fuel economy in particular, so even though we are already good in that area, we have a specific map for the race tomorrow that I think will give the drivers a chance to push when they need to, and help to make sure they can both finish the race.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A reasonable effort from us in qualifying today. Jarno was not happy with his car in either session today so we need to look at why that has changed since yesterday. With Heikki his first qualifying lap was good but on his second run he was compromised by the cars ahead when he would have definitely gone quicker, so it is encouraging to know there is still more outright pace in the car than we extracted today.

“The aim is the same as it always is for us on Sundays – have a strong performance, bring both cars home and do the best we can to push the cars in front.”

Team Lotus German Grand Prix 2011

July 24, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 GERMAN GRAND PRIX 2011

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Weather Mixed – overcast / light rain Max air temperature: 13˚
Max track temperature: 13˚
Runplan
Driver: Karun Chandhok
Chassis: T128-01
1330: Car leaves for grid / 2 laps (1 through pitlane)
1345: Pitlane closes
1359: Fire up
1401: Lights out, start on option tyres
Lap 9: pitstop 1, option tyres (new nose)
Lap 31: pitstop 2, option tyres
Lap 55: pitstop 3, prime tyres
Finished: 20th
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
1333: Car leaves for grid / 2 laps (1 through pitlane)
1345: Pitlane closes
1359: Fire up
1401: Lights out – start on option tyres
Lap 28: pitstop 1, option tyres
Lap 52: pitstop 2, prime tyres
Finished: 16th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“I think that was a pretty good race. For me everything was working well in the car but honestly it was a bit lonely out there! We’re not quite with the guys ahead, and we’re well clear of the teams behind, so I wanted to make sure I could push as hard as possible over the full race distance, not make any mistakes and get the car home in one piece. We are progressing in the right direction, and it will take time to be able to really fight with the guys in front, but we’ll get there.”

Karun Chandhok, Car 21 – Chassis T128-01:

“That’s a full race distance completed and an awful lot of learning under my belt. Honestly, that probably wasn’t the race I wanted -I had a couple of high speed spins and I think I need more time to get used to the tyres.

“When they start to go off there’s very little give compared to last year’s rubber, but that’s all part of the learning process and I’m glad I got the car home and did the best job I could.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“From the engine perspective I think we are pretty pleased. The feedback we have had from the drivers has been good – we wanted to maximise the driveability of the engine, especially in the wet conditions, and according to the data we amassed we managed to achieve that.

“Karun did a good job in very tough conditions – it is not easy to jump straight into the car and be able to extract maximum performance, but he adapted well to the strategies we gave him and has definitely taken a lot on board.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“Good to get both cars home over the line. Heikki had good pace, particularly on the options and he was able to keep up with the cars ahead throughout most of the race. Karun acquitted himself pretty well, despite having a couple of moments he got on with the job and has definitely learnt a lot from his time in the car here this weekend.

“The whole team has worked very hard to make sure we could have a two car finish, so well done to them and now we can move straight on to Hungary where the aim will be the same – progress little by little and keep moving forward.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

“The main aim today was to bring two cars home and to make sure Karun could learn as much as possible over a full race distance. It is good that he finished the full 60 laps and showed some reasonable pace and I am very pleased with Heikki’s speed on the options – we obviously have a lot of work to do but this is another platform to build on, so overall I am pretty happy.”

Team Lotus Qualifying German Grand Prix 2011

July 24, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 GERMAN GRAND PRIX 2011
FP3 & QUALIFYING

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Weather Overcast Min / max air temperature:       13˚  / 16˚
Min / max track temperature:   16˚ / 21˚
Positions / fastest laps FP3
KOV 19th, 1.35.385 (lap 10) / CHD 23rd, 1.36.959 (lap 15)
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV 19th, 1.35.599 (lap 5) / CHD 21st, 1.36.422 (lap 10)
Total laps FP3
KOV: 13 / CHD: 16
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV: 9 / CHD: 11
Runplan
Driver: Karun Chandhok
Chassis: T128-01
FP3
1059 – 1102: Installation, 1 lap
1102 – 1109: System checks / Adjustment – brake balance
1109 – 1119: Run 2, 5 laps
1119 – 1134: Adjustment – brake balance, front brake blanking
1134 – 1145: Run 3, 6 laps
1145 – 1152: Adjustment – front wing flap angle
1152 – 1200: Run 4, 3 laps
Qualifying
Q1 (option tyres)
1400 – 1409: Run 1, 5 laps
1409 – 1412: Refuel
1412 – 14X: Run 2, 6 laps
Finished 21st
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
FP3
1100 – 1134: Run 1, 7 laps
1134 – 1148: System checks
1148 – 1159: Run 2, 6 laps (option tyres)
Qualifying
Q1 (option tyres)
1401 – 1412: Run 1, 6 laps
1412 – 1414: Refuel
1414 – 1420: Run 2, 3 laps
Finished 19th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“I’m relatively pleased with the performance today but I think there was still more to come from the car. On the second run I was still struggling to get the front tyres working and I maybe pushed a bit more than I should so couldn’t improve on my first run. That run had gone well and I was able to get a decent time in so all in all not too bad.”

Karun Chandhok, Car 21 – Chassis T128-01:

“I’ve got to say I’m pleased with how qualifying went today. Tony had said to me that if I could get within a second of Heikki he’d be proud, and I finished about 0.8 off him so that’s a goal achieved. One of the challenges today has been finding out how much grip there is on the soft tyres on low fuel and that was always going to be a pretty steep learning curve in quali, but my times have been coming down all weekend so I’m getting there.

“As I’ve been saying, the last couple of days have been about learning the car, the tyres and how to get the best out of the DRS system, so to get as close as I reasonably could expect to my teammate is pretty good progress .”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“First I want to say that Karun has done a very good job today. That was his first qualifying session for quite a long time and he has had a lot to take on board this weekend, so to see the improvement he made from his first run to the second is impressive.

“From the overall engine perspective I think we can still find more time in the setup and while our performance was ok, there is the potential for more, so overall I am reasonably satisfied, but with a bit more work to do.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“A reasonable qualifying session. Karun has improved steadily all weekend and if he had put his ideal lap together I am sure he would finished just behind Heikki. On his second set of tyres Heikki made a mistake but that did not affect his overall position as he had put in a good lap on his first run. With the rain that is forecast for tomorrow I think we can put in a strong performance and the aim is to pick up some positions and have both cars cross the finish line.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

“I am pretty pleased with where we have finished today. As soon as I walked out of my hotel this morning and felt how cold it was I knew this would be a tricky day for us – our car really does not seem to like the cold so I think we have ended up about where we should be.

“I am also pleased with Karun’s performance today, and in all the sessions so far. He has achieved exactly what we wanted him to and has maybe even ended up closer to Heikki than I thought he could after such limited time in the car, so the aim now is to repay the faith we have in him by putting in as strong a performance as he can in the race tomorrow.

“On the wider team front I have also been busy helping push forwards in 2012, in what will be a critical season for us. I have had a number of good meetings today about next year and beyond and am very happy with the way we are progressing, so now I am looking forward to the race tomorrow to hopefully see both Karun and Heikki fight to the end of the race in what could be quite tricky conditions.”

Team Lotus Preview German Grand Prix 2011

July 21, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2011 GERMAN GRAND PRIX VIEW
KARUN CHANDHOK REPLACES JARNO TRULLI FOR GERMAN GRAND PRIX

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2009 Timing 2009
Qualify Result
P1 WEB 1.32.230 Q3 2009
Race Result
P1 WEB 1:34.003 L37
P2 BAR 1:32.357 Q3 P2 VET 1:34.089 L42
P3 BUT 1:32.473 Q3 P3 MAS 1:34.458 L53
TL best N/A TL best N/A
Quick description Like most tracks the circuit improves significantly over the weekend, however, lap
time consistency in Friday practice is often poor
Predominantly low to medium speed corners
No real high speed corners bar T5
Medium brake energy per lap time (Barcelona equivalent)
Relatively bumpy under heavy braking into T1 and T13
Air / track temperature could be either very high or very low
Weather changes very quickly
Typical
balance issue
N/A
Gears ratio (1st gear/others) N/A
Circuit particularity Sensitivities
Bumpiness Medium Engine severity Medium
Overtaking chance Low GBX severity Medium
Kerbs Medium Lat/Long grip Longitudinal
RH setting particularity None Aero eff ratio N/A
Track and base setup Team Lotus Partners
Track grip evo during WE High Pirelli tyre compounds
in Germany
Medium (Prime)
Soft (Option)
Aero settings High
Brake wear severity Medium
Brake cooling necessity Medium

Track Guide:  “Turn 1 is one of the critical points of the whole lap, particularly at the start. It goes slightly downhill into a very tight right-hander and as the cars come in there side-by-side it is easy for the drivers to miss their braking points and compromise their opening laps.

“However, it looks like the pressure on the drivers to gain positions at the start may have diminished slightly this season so T1 in Germany may not be quite as exciting as it has been in years gone by.

“The drivers seem to be approaching the first corner of the races much more carefully than in previous seasons, perhaps because they know they can overtake in the race itself using DRS, so the pressure to make up places at the start is reduced, thereby minimising driver errors on the opening lap.

“After the opening sequence of corners the pack heads onto T6 where the track is again downhill. Overtaking is not likely there, it may be from T2 – T4 as the track is very wide and there are a number of lines the drivers can take through that section, particularly in the wet, but until they reach T8 / T9 there is nothing hugely challenging for the drivers.

“T8 / T9 is the best part of the track from the drivers’ perspective – it is flat out uphill and the only real high-speed corner on the track where they need to take the right line to make sure they do not lose any time on the lap. T10, T11 and T12 are all relatively easy and then it is the flat out blast down to the best overtaking spot on the circuit at T13.

Team Lotus were Too Ambitious

July 20, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen Lotus T127

Heikki Kovalainen believes that the targets that Team Lotus had set for this year were too optimistic: “I would say that our expectations were too high.

“Though we have closed the gap compared to last year, where we were five seconds behind, now we are 2.5-3s behind, so we have taken a lot of steps forward but now, looking into year two and into the midfield if you like, many teams are stuck there.

“The reason for this is because it is very, very tough – and at the moment we are still missing the facilities. We don’t have a good enough factory. I don’t think our wind tunnel is good enough. We have a lot of good people in the team but, at the moment, I don’t think you can judge them, because the tools that they have are not good enough yet so we need to give the people better tools to actually show what everyone can do – including myself.

“I feel much more in control of the situation when I am driving generally and when I am in the paddock but there are reasons why I feel that way. In fact now, the way I feel, with a good car I could do a very good job. My experience is now high, I have made mistakes in the past and I haven’t always necessarily done the right things but I have learned from the past and all the problems, and I think I have become a very solid and good, quick driver.

“I have no single doubts about my own ability and, at the moment, I am very happy about the situation and my position in Team Lotus. Building everything from the beginning has created a strong position within the team and this is very important obviously for the future when the car gets quicker.”

Team Lotus Report British Grand Prix 2011

July 10, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2011

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Team Lotus Information Weight of lightest ever Caterham Seven < 400 kgs
Number of patents filed by GE in 2010 > 2,900
Global page views on CNN.com in May 2011 1.6 billion
Weather Mixed – sunshine / showers Max air temperature: 19˚
Max track temperature: 20˚
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-01
1239: Car leaves for grid / 1 lap
1245: Pitlane closes
1259: Fire up
1301: Lights out – start on intermediate tyres
Retired lap 10 – instructed to stop due to engine oil leak
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
1238: Car leaves for grid / 2 laps (1 through pitlane)
1245: Pitlane closes
1259: Fire up
1301: Lights out – start on intermediate tyres
Retired lap 2 – gearbox issue caused by possible electrical problem

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-01:

“I had a decent start and was getting set to pass Timo but then had the call to stop the car to prevent any damage to the engine because of an oil leak. It’s obviously not how we wanted the race to go but our reliability record has improved dramatically this season and this is just one of those blips. I’m sure we’ll bounce back at the Nurburgring where we may well have similar weather conditions, so we’ll move on and make sure we learn the lessons from this weekend.”

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“What a shame! I had a really good start but then lost fourth gear and had to retire the car. The conditions out there were exactly what they should be for real drivers – a mix of two types of circuit, one wet, one dry, exactly what I love racing in and the type of race we could have taken advantage of. But these things happen so we’ll move on to Germany and keep on pushing.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“After the excellent result we had in qualifying yesterday we were unfortunately unable translate that into a result today because of the mechanical issues we had on both cars. We were not lucky today and that meant it was a short race for us on both sides of the garage. However, I am sure we will find a solution for the problems and make sure we get both cars across the finish line at the next race.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“That is obviously a disappointing end to what had been a very encouraging weekend for the team. It looks like Heikki suffered an electrical problem on his gearbox which caused him to lose fourth gear so we had to pull him in and retire him. It was definitely not a problem with the gearbox itself so we need to take a close look at what went wrong on our side and make sure it does not happen again.

“On Jarno’s car we instructed him to stop as he had an oil leak and lost pressure so we had to end his race early to ensure we did not damage the engine. Sometimes races end like this but we have been working very hard to minimise these sorts of problems, so we will regroup and come back stronger in Germany at the next race.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

“That is such a shame. This weekend held huge promise for us after we had performed well on Friday, and especially well on Saturday, and in conditions like these we know both our drivers have the talent and experience to take whatever opportunities present themselves. We have worked very hard on improving the reliability of the cars throughout the season but you can never account for everything that might happen and unfortunately this just turned out to be one of those races that we have to move on from.

“Despite that, the whole weekend has been very encouraging, particularly for me seeing the huge support we have in the stands where there is a growing legion of fans wearing green and yellow, so now we will do our best to give them something to cheer for in Germany and Hungary before we head into the summer break.”

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