Spanish GP Team Lotus Preview

Spanish GP Team Lotus Preview

Circuit de Catalunya



Jarno Trulli, Car 21 - Chassis T128-03:

Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus
Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

"It's always good to get back to Spain. I've spent so much time at the Barcelona circuit it's like a second home to me and the whole team and even though I must have completed thousands of kms around there it's still a good challenge. It's very technical and that puts demands on the car's aero - a good aero package is one of the keys to being quick.

"Looking at the circuit itself I particularly like T9 - it's one of the quicker corners in the whole calendar and one that rewards confidence and good balance. There's not a lot of overtaking chances around the lap and we'll see if the DRS plays the same role in Spain that it did in Turkey - if it does then tracks like Barcelona will suddenly have overtaking chances and that's got to be good for the fans."

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04:

Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus

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"Barcelona is one of the tracks where we all know every single centimetre of the whole lap. We test there so much that it usually ends up with the whole grid having teammates side by side but it's the kind of circuit where you can't hide anything at all. If you are quick there you can be quick everywhere as it's demanding aerodynamically, and if you struggle there you could have problems at a variety of circuits.

"A good lap kind of flows until you reach the last three corners which are a bit fiddly. The first sector is probably the best - T1 is a quick chicane and then turns three, four, seven and nine are all fast. You need good high-speed stability there and good grip to get the best out of the car and when you hook it all up and put in a quick time it's pretty rewarding."


Race laps: 66
Circuit Altitude (m): 129
2010 Air/track temp (˚C): 20 / 33
2010 ATM Press (HPa): 994
2010 humidity (%): 40
2010 wind (kph): NNE 15

2010 Timing

2010 Qualify Result

P1 WEB 1:19.995 Q3
P2 VET 1:20.101 Q1
P3 HAM 1:20.829 Q1
TL best P19 TRU 1:24.674 Q1

2010 Race Result

P1 WEB 1:24.828 L62
P2 ALO 1:24.846 L57
P3 VET 1:25.176 L56
TL best TRU, P17

Quick description

Lateral track with high percentage of high speed corners
Slow-speed traction important through sector 3
Medium brake energy
Bumps at entry to T9 & braking into T10
Grip level changes depending on conditions (rubber, track temp & wind)
Typical balance issue: Us in HS T3 and T9 and traction issues in S3
1st gear not used on track Drivers usually prefer to go through T9 without downshifting

Circuit particularity - Sensitivities

Bumpiness: Medium
Engine severity: Low
Overtaking chance: Low
GBX severity: Low
Kerbs: Smooth to medium
Lat/Long grip: Lateral
RH setting particularity: None
Aero eff ratio: Low
Track grip evo during WE: High
Aero settings: High
Brake wear severity: Medium
Brake cooling necessity: Medium

Safety car history

2010: None
2009: 1st lap accident
2008: 2

Source: Team Lotus

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Team Lotus
Tags gascoyne, kovalainen.trulli, spanish gp, team lotus