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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Team Lotus Information Number of GE employees worldwide > 300,000
Power to weight ratio of Caterham Seven R500 513 bhp / ton
Global page views on CNN.com in May 2011 1.6 billion
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 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.”

Team Lotus Qualifying British Grand Prix 2011

July 9, 2011

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

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Weather Sunshine / Showers Min / max air temperature:       16˚  / 18˚
Min / max track temperature:   16˚ / 20˚
Positions / fastest laps FP3
KOV 19th, 1.35.225 (lap 16) / TRU 20th, 1.36.905 (lap 16)
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV 16th, 1.34.923 (lap 3) / TRU 21st, 1.35.456 (lap 2)
Q2
KOV 17th, 1.34.821 (lap 3)
Total laps FP3
KOV: 21 / TRU: 21
QUALIFYING
Q1
KOV: 5 / TRU: 4
Q2
KOV: 4
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-01
FP3
1000 – 1002: Installation, 1 lap (prime tyres)
1002 – 1008: System checks
1008 – 1024: Run 2, 8 laps (prime tyres)
1024 – 1035: Adjustment –  front / rear brake blanking, front wing flap
1035 – 1042: Run 3, 5 laps (prime tyres)
1042 – 1047: Adjustment – front brake blanking
1047 – 1100: Run 4, 7 laps (option tyres)
Qualifying
Q1 (option tyres)
1300 – 1305: Run 1, 3 laps
1305 – 1313: Refuel
1313 – 1317: Run 2, 1 lap
Finished 21st
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
FP3
1000 – 1002: Installation, 1 lap (prime tyres)
1002 – 1009: System checks
1009 – 1022: Run 2, 7 laps (prime tyres)
1022 – 1035: Adjustments – front / rear brake blanking, front wing flap
1035 – 1045: Run 3, 6 laps (prime tyres)
1045 – 1047: Adjustments – brake blanking
1047 – 1100: Run 4, 7 laps (option tyres)
Qualifying
Q1 (option tyres)
1300 – 1306: Run 1, 4 laps
1306 – 1313: Refuel
1313 – 1316: Run 2, 1 lap
Finished 16th
Q2
1331 – 1342: Run 1, 4 laps
Finished 17th

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“I’m very pleased with that. Before qualifying we knew it would be important to get as much as we could out of the dry tyres because the showers were expected – small showers, but we just didn’t know when they were going to happen so we had to give it everything on the slicks.

“At the start of Q1 I managed to get a pretty decent lap in and got everything out of the car almost immediately. Then when I went out for the second run the rain started but having got it right when it was dry we were already where we needed to be so the whole team can be pleased about where we ended up.

“Hopefully I can put in a good race from 17th. I know the whole team is working very well together and even though the outright performance isn’t quite there yet, we are still getting everything out of the car and attacking the teams ahead – that’s what we’re here to do in our second season, so days like today are very encouraging for me and everyone in Team Lotus.”

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-01:

“The rain played its part in Q1 and the session unfortunately was cut short after I’d only had one run. It wasn’t quite good enough, which is a shame, but we have one car in Q2 which shows we have the pace to take the fight to the cars ahead, so hopefully I can have a strong race tomorrow, as long as I can avoid any bad luck with the conditions!”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“This morning in P3 we took a step forward compared to yesterday because we had much improved weather conditions and that definitely helped us in qualifying.  We were able to finalise our engine mapping comparisons and focus on the effect of the new regulations which allowed us to make the right decisions for qualifying.

“That was obviously the right strategy because when you look at Heikki’s lap time in Q1 it was very good and that enabled him to get into Q2. Jarno was not so lucky because of the weather – it’s always difficult when the conditions change that quickly, but for the whole team this has been a good day.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“I am delighted with our performance today, and especially pleased for Heikki. In conditions like that it is a good result for the whole team to get the strategy calls right and Heikki did exactly what he needed to do to get into Q2, and he gave it his best shot in that session as well so full credit to him.

“On Jarno’s side he has been struggling all day with the balance so I am obviously disappointed for him, but tomorrow in the race I am sure it will be different and he will be able to attack the group in front. Overall this has been a good couple of days for us. The team has reacted well to all the changes we have had had to make with the amendments to the regulations and now we need to round off this weekend with a strong two-car finish and take the fight to the teams immediately in front of us.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

“I am very happy with today’s performance. To run like this at Silverstone, where the Team Lotus dream began when I met Mike here, and put a car into Q2 in only our second year is a big achievement. Heikki gave it 100% and Q2 is a deserved reward for his efforts today. I am a bit disappointed for Jarno – we’ll have to find out what happened to him because there was quite a big gap between him and Heikki, but now I am looking forward to the race tomorrow.

“Our race pace has been good all season, so the aim is to maintain our much improved reliability record and see what happens in the race itself.”

Team Lotus Preview Canadian Grand Prix 2011

June 9, 2011

Jarno Trulli Team Lotus Monaco 2011

Jarno Trulli, Lotus
2010 Qualifying – 20th, 2010 Race – DNF

“Monaco was really busy but the final result was great for the whole team. I enjoyed myself on track and I think the performances we’ve put in there and in Spain show that we are progressing in exactly the right direction. Since then I’ve taken some time off before heading to Canada which has always been a bit of a strange one for me.

“I love Canada and especially Montreal – the track itself is great, a real challenge, the people are very welcoming and the city is that cool mix of Europe and North America, but the race itself has always been a tough one for me! I don’t know if it’s a luck thing but while I’ve had strong races there in the past I’ve always suffered with luck.

“Last year was a DNF so I really want that to change this year. As it’s a temporary circuit the first challenge is dealing with the track surface. It improves throughout the weekend but with the constant threat of the walls it’s critical not to make any mistakes and experience usually counts around there.

“It’s a very quick lap and one of the toughest tracks of the season on the brakes, so cooling and stability under braking both play a big role, particularly in the race. It’ll be interesting to see how the tyre strategies play out over the weekend and I think it’ll be another great race, hopefully for us as well!”

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus
2010 Qualifying – 19th, 2010 Race – 16th
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“Canada is one of the highlights of the whole season and I know everyone in the team is looking forward to getting out there. It’s obviously not the same intensity as Monaco when you’re away from the track, but the whole city buzzes when we’re in town and they get behind the whole event right across the city so there’s an amazing atmosphere wherever you go.

“The crowd are also very knowledgeable and you can see what it means to them when the race takes place in their back yard as it’s packed from Thursday right through to Sunday. On track it’s a good challenge. It’s hard on the brakes and you need to be really precise in the braking zones to nail a quick lap.

“Another key is to use the kerbs as much as you can and as efficiently as possible – you can make up good time if you have a car that’s set up to ride them well so that will be one of the key goals for the practice sessions. On the car I think we’ll be looking to repeat the performance we showed in Spain.

“Monaco was an odd race for me – I couldn’t get the best out of the tyres and even though there was more to come from the car we just couldn’t hook it all up in the race. However, now we have so much more data on the car we can get much closer to maximising its potential and Canada’s a good place to do our best to achieve that.”

Team Lotus Monaco Grand Prix 2011

May 29, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 TEAM LOTUS MONACO GRAND PRIX 2011
CAPPING OFF A GREAT WEEK

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Team Lotus Information Total number of @myteamlotus tweets (@ 1600 on Monaco race day) 5,718
Typical speed of an F1 car through the Loews Hairpin 47 kph
Number of stacked Ruroc pitcrew helmets equivalent
to the height of The Eiffel Tower
1,350
Weather Dry, sunny Max air temperature: 22˚
Min / max track temperature: 42˚
Fastest laps KOV 1.20.678 (lap 54) / TRU 1.21.277 (lap 66)
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03
1330:             Car leaves for grid / 1 lap
1345:             Pitlane closes
1359:             Fire up
1401:             Lights out – start on option tyres
Lap 24:          Pitstop 1 – option tyres
Lap 46:          Pitstop 2 – prime tyres
Finished:       13th
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
1330:             Car leaves for grid / 1 lap
1345:             Pitlane closes
1359:             Fire up
1401:             Lights out – start on option tyres
Lap 19:          Pitstop 1 – prime tyres
Lap 52:          Pitstop 2 – prime tyres
Finished:       14th

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-03:

“That was a great result for the team, the best of the season so we’re all pleased with that. I had another great start – I wish I had made starts like that in previous seasons as I think I would have won several races with starts like that.

“After that I was holding position and keeping up with the cars ahead but the safety car hit our race strategy hard. The gap we had was wasted behind slower cars and even though I passed D’Ambrosio the second safety car pretty much defined the rest of the race.”
Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“Finishing 13th and 14th is a very good team result, but that was a bit of an average race for me. I lost a position at the start and that was pretty much the end of my race.

“The first stint was pretty difficult and on the second stint I couldn’t really find a rhythm as I kept having to let cars past. After the second stop I was able to start pushing but by then I couldn’t really do much. Having said that, it’s been a good weekend overall and we’ll keep fighting in two weeks time in Montreal.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“I think that is a very good result for us, the best finish of the year for both cars. The car setup and strategy was good for both drivers and we are very satisfied with what we have achieved this weekend.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“A strong result for the team and it was good to get both cars over the finish line. Both drivers drove very strong races and we gave them a chance to fight with a two stop strategy, starting both cars on options.

“We switched Heikki to the prime for the last two stints because he had higher degradation but kept Jarno on the options until the second pitstop and even thought they were held up by slower cars we are very pleased with 13th and 14th.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

“I watched the race from Bali and that capped off an incredible week for us. This time last year neither car finished the race but today both cars crossed the line in 13th and 14th places.

“Our pace was good but most importantly both cars finished the race, we brought the Team Lotus brand home and we won the first of the GP2 races in Monaco. That constitutes a very good weeks work at the office.

“Now we go to Montreal and as we keep moving forwards to the rest of our history, our heritage and our destiny with Caterham. Thank you all for one hell of a ride.”

Team Lotus Practice 1 & 2 Monaco Grand Prix 2011

May 26, 2011

TeamLotus-Logo-4C 2 MONACO GRAND PRIX 2011
FP1 / FP2 – 26th MAY 2011

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Team Lotus Information AirAsia’s Big Sale – Number of hours in which AirAsia sold more
flights than entire first year of operations (650,000)
24
Number of EQ8 cans laid end to end to cover length of entire
Monaco circuit
66,800
Year of Jarno Trulli’s Monaco Grand Prix race win 2004
Weather Dry, sunny Min / max air temperature:         24˚ / 28˚
Min / max track temperature:     34˚ / 44˚
Fastest laps / positions FP1
KOV 17th, 1.20.083 (lap 16) / TRU 18th, 1.21.116 (lap 14)
FP2
KOV 18th, 1.18.266 (lap 33) / TRU 19th 1.18.490 (lap 19)
Total laps FP1
KOV: 23 / TRU: 27
FP2
KOV: 50 / TRU: 39
Runplan
Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03
FP1 (all runs on prime tyres)
0959 – 1004: Installation, 2 laps
1004 – 1039: System checks
1039 – 1049: Run 2, 7 laps (red flag)
1049 – 1054: Adjustments – brake blanking
1054 – 1105: Run 3, 6 laps
1105 – 1115: Adjustments – front torsion bar
1115 – 1134: Run 4, 12 laps
FP2
Adjustments: front ride height, front & rear toe, rear wing, rear brake blanking
1401 – 1412: Run 1, 8 laps (prime tyres)
1412 – 1432: Adjustments – rear ride height, front anti-roll bar, front wing flap
1432 – 1444: Run 2, 8 laps (prime tyres)
1444 – 1452: Adjustments – front wing flap
1452 – 1503: Run 3, 7 laps (option tyres)
1503 – 1511: Adjustments – front wing flap
1511 – 1530: Run 4,15 laps (option tyres)
Runplan
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04
FP1 (all runs on prime tyres)
0959 – 1004: Installation, 1 lap
1004 – 1040: System checks
1040 – 1049: Run 2, 6 laps (red flag)
1049 – 1054: Adjustments – rear brake blanking
1054 – 1109: Run 3, 10 laps
1109 – 1123: Adjustments – front ride-height, brake balance
1123 – 1133: Run 4, 6 laps
FP2
Adjustments: front and rear wings, brake balance
1400 – 1414: Run 1, 10 laps (prime tyres)
1414 – 1421: Adjustments – front wing flap, front anti-roll bar
1421 – 1443: Run 2, 15 laps (prime tyres)
1443 – 1448: Adjustments – rear wing
1448 – 1502: Run 3, 9 laps (option tyres)
1502 – 1509: Adjustments – front wing flap
1509 – 1530: Run 4, 16 laps (option tyres)

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 – Chassis T128-03:

“That was good. We’ve got a good deal of data from both sessions and we can use that to put us in a better position tomorrow.

“I had a few issues with traffic during the performance run which means there is definitely more pace to come tomorrow so all in all this was a good day. We’ve also run reliably in both sessions and that’s what we need to give us the best chance of fighting in quali so I think it’ll be a very interesting Saturday afternoon.”

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04:

“Not too bad at all. We completed the whole programme, worked a bit on fine tuning the balance and I think with some more work tonight there’s a bit more to come. The degradation levels on both tyres was better than many people were expecting and I think both the primes and the options will give us some interesting strategy options to play with.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

“This was a good day. We have put a lot of miles on the cars and with the unique nature of this track we can have driveability problems so it’s important to set up the engine to give the drivers something they are happy with.

“The feedback we have had so far looks like we have found a good setup so I think we are set for a good P3 and qualifying.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

“A very useful first day of running with no mechanical issues with either car. The track had its normal issues with dirt and traffic but overall we’re very happy.

“Tyre degradation looks to be much lower than expected and we have accumulated a lot of data that will be good for the race. In performance terms we are really quite close to the cars in front and with the improvements we expect to see on Saturday I think this has been another good day for the team.”

Riad Asmat, Chief Executive Officer:

“That sort of performance is very encouraging. It is good to see that we have we had another day without reliability problems and today everything went how we wanted it to. Finishing around half a second from the guys ahead gives us something to fight for in qualifying and I think the experience we have in both cars, and throughout the team, should give us a good chance of having another good day on Saturday.”

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