Kovalainen Battles In The Rain

F1 Grand Prix of China - Qualifying

Chinese Grand Prix

Everyone said it was going to be rubbish. But add a little spice of a drop of rain and suddenly this must go down as one of the most memorable Chinese Grand Prix ever.

A second win for the season for Jenson Button, and Heikki Kovalainen continues the domination in the Battle of the New Teams.

Despite qualifying ahead of everyone again, Timo Glock failed to even start his car. The same went for Lucas di Grassi, but he eventually went out, before retiring again 8 laps into the race.

Kovalainen managed to find himself in 6th place during an early part of the race, but only because of other teams pitting for intermediates, and him staying out. He would eventually finish down in 14th, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

For a second race in a row, both Hispania cars finished, despite Karun Chandhok spinning at one point.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 14th 10
2 Bruno Senna Hispania 16th 6
3 Karun Chandhok Hispania 17th 4
4 Jarno Trulli Lotus Ret. 0
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Ret. 0
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing DNS 0




Kovalainen’s lead to second place has increased to 12 points. Bruno Senna moves up to 4th ahead of Jarno Trulli, but remains behind di Grassi since he has the better finishing position (14th in Malaysia). Timo Glock remains the only driver not to score a single point.

  Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 30
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 18
3 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 10
4 Bruno Senna Hispania 10
5 Jarno Trulli Lotus 9
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 0


The gap between Lotus and Hispania remains at 11 points as both teams scored 10 points in Malaysia. Virgin Racing however are 18 points down on Hispania and 29 down on Lotus. It is already a mountain to climb this early in the season.

  Team Points
1 Lotus 39
2 Hispania 28
3 Virgin Racing 10

Posted on April 18, 2010, in New Teams Championship and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Was good to see Heikki up in the points for a while today, and to finish ahead of a Williams is a great job for the team! Clearly he’s doing the job in this championship too 🙂

    • He is definatly the most consistant so far.

      Chandhok is also doing much better than I expected, finished the last 3 races, picking up those points

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