Turkish GP Team Lotus Friday Practice Report

Istanbul Park

06 / 05 / 2011

Karun Chandhok:

"The wet weather meant we limited the morning runplan but despite that it was good to get back out on track. I didn't get a chance to push but I'm enjoying working with the team and the more time I spend with everyone the more I can see how far this team can go. There's a great spirit across the whole garage, and back in the factory, and with the constant progression towards the midfield this is a great place to be working in."

Heikki Kovalainen (car 20):

Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus

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"That was a reasonable session for me - I had a DRS issue that definitely cost me some time but I think the balance was pretty good and we got through some decent setup work so I think we'll be ok tomorrow."

Jarno Trulli (car 21):

"I'm pleased in general with today. It's been a positive, trouble free day and we managed to run through a number of options that give us a good direction for tomorrow and the race. We have made an adjustment to the power steering and that's definitely improved things in the cockpit for me but there's more to come from that and the whole car so I think we can go into tomorrow in good shape."

Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus
Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus

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Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

"We didn't manage to do much running in P1 this morning due to the weather so we had to work a lot harder during P2 this afternoon, especially with specific engine mapping. I hope we will have good feedback from the drivers and can take another step forwards on strategy. I think there is more to come from the whole package tomorrow so this was a pretty good start to the weekend."

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

I think we are looking at having a pretty good weekend

Mike Gascoyne

"A pretty good day. Obviously we had limited running this morning in the wet conditions as we wanted to save tyres in case we have to use wets in the race. Unfortunately that limited the running Karun and Jarno could do but this afternoon we completed the whole program without any real problems with the performance levels we showed I think we are looking at having a pretty good weekend."

Team Lotus Information

Total laps
FP1CHA - 6TRU - 6
FP2KOV - 37TRU - 40

Rain (am), Overcast / dry (pm) Min/max track temperature: 12°/20°

Fastest laps

CHA 1.51.676 lap 3
TRU 1.43.986 lap 4

KOV 1.30.281 lap 19
TRU 1.29.409 lap 21

06/05/11 Runplan
Karun Chandhok (FP1) / Heikki Kovalainen (FP2)Chassis: T128-04

1003 - 1005: Installation (1 lap)
1005 - 1125: System checks
1125 - 1130: Run 2, 5 laps

1400 - 1415: Run 1, 8 laps
1415 - 1423: Adjustment - rear brake blanking
1423 - 1436: Run 2, 8 laps
1436 - 1443: Adjustments - rear brake blanking
1443 - 1455: Run 3, 7 laps
1455 - 1504: Adjustments - front suspension setting
1504 - 1511: Run 4, 4 laps
1511 - 1516: Adjustments - front wing
1516 - 1530: Run 5, 10 laps

Jarno Trulli

Chassis: T128-03

1002 - 1004: Installation (1 lap)
1004 - 1125: System checks / Adjustments: front wing, brake balance, F & R brake blanking
1125 - 1130: Run 2, 5 laps

1400 - 1414: Run 1, 9 laps
1414 - 1424: Adjustments - rear brake blanking
1424 - 1437: Run 2, 8 laps
1437 - 1445: Adjustments - F&R brake blanking, rear wing element
1445 - 1458: Run 3, 8 laps
1458 - 1509: Adjustments - front wing, rear wing element, front brake blanking
1509 - 1530: Run 4, 15 laps

Source: Team Lotus

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heikki Kovalainen , Karun Chandhok , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Team Lotus
Tags chandhok, gascoyne, kovalainen, practice, team lotus, trulli, turkish gp