Kovalainen: We're in good shape
25 September 2011 – Heikki Kovalainen believes Team Lotus is in a strong position ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, with the squad comfortably quicker than its main rivals and a much closer 1.113 seconds in arrears of 18th place man Vitaly Petrov in qualifying. The Finn will start the race from 19th, one position ahead of team-mate Jarno Trulli.
"It’s a long race, and one where the safety car will probably play a role in how it all ends up, so the aim for Sunday is clear - make sure we get both cars home to the end and put ourselves in a position to take advantage of what happens ahead."
Trulli was left slightly frustrated despite moving to within a tenth of Kovalainen in qualifying, admitting that he is still unhappy with the handling of his car.
"The guys in the garage have been working really hard all weekend to fix one or two problems we’ve had, and I want to thank them for getting the car to the point where I could get that quick laptime out of it, but now it’s about getting to the end of the race tomorrow in one piece."