Team Lotus Turkish GP Preview

Team Lotus Turkish GP Preview

Turkish GP


Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: "We are all delighted that there has been such a warm and positive response to last week's announcement about Caterham Cars, but now our focus is back on track and the whole team is looking forward to the start of the European races. We have begun this season in the style we wanted to, making steady progress towards the midfield teams and I am hopeful we will continue to do that in Turkey.”

Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus
Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus

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”The next step forward should come in Spain where we have a number of significant updates on the cars, but for Turkey we will look to build on the improved reliability and pace we showed in China and work on maximising the mechanical and aero package we have on the T128. We have realistic expectations for this weekend, I am not expecting us to have found another chunk of time here as we have been focusing on the Barcelona race for the update package, but I am very confident about the future as the foundations for the long-term success of this team are being laid exactly as planned."

Jarno Trulli (chassis T128-03)

"Turkey's another chance for us to keep growing as a team and after the short break we've had it'll be good to get back into the car. The team's been hard at work on the aero updates we'll introduce at the Spanish Grand Prix and on a couple of mechanical fixes that will give me a better platform to really push on from. I want to make sure we can repeat the performance we showed in China and that relies on us having an error free Friday and Saturday and giving us the best chance to fight with the likes of Williams, Force India and Sauber."

Heikki Kovalainen (chassis T128-04) on the race weekend:

Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus

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"We've obviously been pretty busy since getting back from China and it was great to see so many fans turn out for us at Duxford last week. I had a really good day and it was cool to be given the chance to be the first person drive the Caterham in our team colours in front of everyone. Now it's on to Turkey which is a circuit I've always enjoyed. People talk about Turn 8 being the most hardcore bit of the track but for me it's not that big a challenge - our car should be ok around the whole lap and after having had more time to work on the next update, which we'll see in Barcelona, the focus will be on getting the most out of the car in qualifying and showing the pace that we know is there over one lap."

Circuit information

Quick description

Smooth surface but low grip, especially in P1 due to lack of use Bottoming in T8 & T11 over the bumps with very high lateral load Kerbs are not a problem Low on braking Top speed important for overtaking before T12T8 is very demanding for front right tyre Braking stability quite important for T9 & T12 Traction is usually an issue out of the slow last three corners Wind has a huge impact on top speed (so on 7th gear) on the back straight.

Typical Balance Issue
Braking stability issue in T9 and T12 and traction out of last corner
Gears ratio (1st gear/others): 1st gear sometimes used in T4: Need particular care of wind re: 7th gear
Race laps: 58
Circuit Altitude (m): 129

2010 Race
ATM Press (HPa): 999
Humidity (%): 35
Wind (kph): SSW 10

2010 Qualify Result
P1 WEB 1:26.295 Q3
P2 HAM 1:26.433 Q3
P3 VET 1:26.760 Q3

2010 Race Result
P1 HAM 1:30.075 L54
P2 BUT 1:29.895 L52
P3 WEB 1:29.195 L54

TL best DNF x 2

Circuit Sensitivities:
Bumpiness: Medium / High
Engine severity: Medium
Overtaking chance: T12
GBX severity: Low
Kerbs: Low
Lat/Long grip: Medium
Need high FRH for T8
Aero eff ratio: Medium
Track grip evo during W/E: Very high
Aero settings: Medium / High
Brake wear severity: Low
Brake cooling necessity: Medium
Safety car history 2010 None 2009 None 2008 1

Source: Team Lotus

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Team Lotus , Sauber , Force India , Williams
Tags fernandes, kovalainen, team lotus, trulli, turkish gp