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GP Week : Issue 140
Strong drive by Heikki HEIKKI Kovalainen secured a P14 finish for Team Lotus at the Indian Grand Prix, putting the outfit one step closer to their goal of securing P10 in the 2011 Formula one World Constructors’ Championship. The team were subjected to a mini media controversy at the start of the weekend, when it was confirmed that reserve driver Karun Chandhok would not be given the chance to race at his home grand prix, but strong performances from their rivals justified the team’s decision. Kovalainen delivered a stellar per formance at the Buddh International Circuit, making up for problems suffered by teammate Jarno Trulli, the lowest classified finisher of the afternoon. Before pitting on lap 22, Kovalainen was running in P10. The Finn returned to the track in P15, and managed to reclaim a place while staying ahead of Williams’ Rubens Barrichello. “I had another good start, maybe not quite up there with the last two races, but avoided the problems in Turn 1 and 3 and from there I had a really strong race,” the Finnish driver said. “At one point I was running 10th and the car felt great all afternoon. I was still in it after the first stops and as the fuel level dropped I was able to keep pace with Senna ahead, and keep a gap to the cars behind, but when I went onto the hards it was much harder to keep up the pace.” HRT and Virgin are still battling for position in the constructors’ standings, but the Spanish team’s P17 and P18 in India are a boost to their prospects. Timo Glock’s early retirement was a significant blow to Virgin’s chances. WHILE a P5 finish from a seven-time world champion wouldn’t usually be something to celebrate, Michael Schumacher’s performance at the Indian Grand Prix was a continuation of a recent strengthening in form. The German driver was soundly beaten by team-mate Nico Rosberg last year, and it appeared as though the 2011 Formula One season would be much the same. But with a string of P5 and P6 finishes since Spa – at those races where he’s seen the chequered flag – Schumacher is currently managing to squeeze more performance out of the car than his team-mate can manage. The Indian Grand Prix saw the Mercedes driver make up three positions off the start, before working his way up to a solid P5. On lap 51, with Rosberg behind him on track, Schumacher was called into the pits for a final tyre change. The move was perfect timing on Mercedes’ part, as they returned the elder German to the track one second ahead of his team-mate. “I am obviously happy about the race today,” Schumacher said. “ We achieved the maximum that we could hope for, and as a team we maximised our potential. Fifth and sixth places are a great result for us. On top of that, my car was very nicely sorted for the race and very stable. “At the start, everything worked out according to my strategy as I deliberately didn’t want to use KERS in the first two corners and save it for the long straight where I knew that I could make up some positions. In the second stint, I managed to maintain my tyres so I could stay out longer and that was enough for fifth place. What’s really important at the moment is that we keep pushing and trying to improve, and that is what we achieved today.” Michael’s run of form continues 34