Team Lotus Saturday Report

GP Australia


26/03/11 Runplan

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-01

1400 - 1402: Installation, 1 lap
1402 - 1417: System checks / brake blanking reduction
1417 - 1418: Run 2 / 1 lap
1418 - 1428: DRS issue - wing held in high drag mode
1428 - 1442: Run 3 / 9 laps
1442 - 1449: Front wing flap increase / rear brake blanking reduced
1449 - 1459: Run 4 / 6 laps


26/03/11 Runplan

Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03

1400 - 1402: Installation, 1 lap
1402 - 1422: System checks
1422 - 1441: Run 2 / 10 laps
1441 - 1447: Blown floor engine map change to qualifying / FW flap increase
1447 - 1500: Run 3 / 7 laps


Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-01

1700 - 1710: Run 1, 6 laps (soft tyres)
1710 - 1713: Refuel
1713 - 1720: Run 2, 4 laps (soft tyres)

Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03

1700 - 1710: Run 1, 6 laps (soft tyres)
1710 - 1711: Refuel
1711 - 1722: Run 2, 6 laps (soft tyres)

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20:

"Unfortunately the rear wing was stuck in the high downforce configuration for the second run which definitely masked the real pace there is in the car. We've also struggled with getting the most out of the tyres all weekend but I think the increased temperatures tomorrow will suit the car much more and we'll be in good shape to show what we can really do in the race."

Jarno Trulli, Car 21:

"I've had a few issues with the power steering in practice but the team worked well to resolve that for qualifying and the car definitely felt better than it had this morning and yesterday. We'll clearly be much quicker when we can get the tyres up to full temperature so it'll be an exciting race for us tomorrow and I think we'll be in good shape to push the guys ahead who we were much closer to in the warmer conditions in pre-season testing."

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

"Firstly I want to say that the atmosphere in this team is very good. This means we are all able to work together very well and it's important that we can do that to get the best out of the car this year. From the engine perspective I think we are ok on usage and the drivers' feedback has been very good. Obviously to maximise the performance of the car the whole package can work better and I'm sure we can unlock the true potential of the car when we have worked through areas like the tyre usage."

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

"Both drivers did a very good job in qualifying today, despite both of them being hampered by issues - Heikki had a rear wing problem whcih meant he couldn't improve on his second set of tyres, and Jarno reported loss of grip on his second set so we clearly were not able to maximise the car's real performance today. However, I think that we have definitely taken a step forward in qualifying. We have been struggling to get temperature into the tyres all weekend, and have had some issues with the power steering, but we made significant progress in qualifying. On the positive side the tyre warm-up issues will be much better in the race and looking ahead I am very confident that we can get back to the level of performance we showed in winter testing as we continue through the early part of the season."

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

"I am happy with qualifying. Obviously we are paying the price of the limited running we had in testing, but I have to admit I was a bit nervous before the session and having seen where we ended up I am pleased with what both drivers produced today. We continue to learn all the time and as this is essentially a completely new car we have to work hard on a number of areas to help us achieve our full potential, particularly on tyre management - the car looks like it has Malaysian blood as it clearly prefers hotter conditions! Despite that we are all looking forward to the race tomorrow, and with much more development to come here, in Malaysia and China, before we head back to Europe, I am happy with where we are today."

Weather: Grey, cloudy, dry Min/max track temperature: 19˚ / 20˚

Total laps
FP3: KOV 17 / TRU 18

Fastest laps
FP3: KOV 1.29.772, lap 16, TRU 1.30.003, lap 17
QUALIFYING: KOV 19th - 1.29.254, lap 3 / TRU 20th - 1.29.342, lap 11

Source: Team Lotus

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heikki Kovalainen , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Team Lotus
Tags fernandes, gascoyne, kovalainen, salvi, team lotus, trulli