Lotus drivers left searching for more
9 September 2011 – Both Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen are yet to be convinced that Lotus are performing as well as possible at Monza, with the duo having rounded out second practice in 18th and 19th positions ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
“That was a trouble-free Friday afternoon for me but, honestly, I’m not all that happy with the balance of the car at the moment,” said Trulli, who is one of two Italians in the field and proved quicker than Kovalainen despite being replaced by reserve driver Karun Chandhok for the morning session.
“There’s quite a lot of understeer on turn-in and through the exit of the corners and we need to work on dialling that out to find more speed. There’s definitely more to come and we’ve shown all season we can take good steps forward from Friday to Saturday, so I think we’ll be ok tomorrow.”
Having had to pull off the track during the first session, Finn Kovalainen added:
“That wasn’t too bad but we can definitely improve. This morning’s session was brought to an early end with a sensor issue on the gearbox and I was given the instruction to pull over when the engine temperatures started rising. This afternoon we worked on both sets of tyres and I think the Softs are okay but we weren’t really able to get the best out the Mediums, which gave us some areas to work on tonight on improving overall grip.”