Kovalainen Begins to Hunt Down Trulli

European Grand Prix

Yeah, about my next update for the New Teams being after Italy, I’m a terrible liar.

So, what did we have in Valencia? A poor, slightly dull race which was a let down after such a terrific start to the season. Heikki Kovalainen was once again quicker than Jarno Trulli in qualifying, Timo Glock was quicker than Jerome D’Ambrosio and Vitantonio Liuzzi was quicker than Narain Karthikeyan. No surprises there.

And apart from a stunning start from Glock, in which he jumped both Lotus cars at the start, very little else happened. The German fell below both Kovalainen and Trulli in the next 20 laps, just making sure that the remaining laps were dull for the new teams.

The only real incidents of note were the Hispania drivers reaction to the blue flags, critisced by Virgin for failing to see them and their unique way of dealing with the leading cars.

  Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 19th 10
2 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 20th 6
3 Timo Glock Marussia Virgin 21st 4
4 Jerome D’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin 22nd 3
5 Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania 23rd 2
6 Narain Karthikeyan Hispania 24th 1

Standings

Drivers Championship

Things have got a bit tighter in the standings. The gap from Kovalainen to Trulli has been reduced to 13 points. The Virgin boys have also closed up on themselves, the gap between the two of them is just 8 points, while the Hispania drivers are slowly making up the numbers once more after an impressive Canada.

  Driver Team Points
1 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 55
2 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 42
3 Jerome D’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin 31
4 Timo Glock Marussia Virgin 23
5 Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania 19
6 Narain Karthikeyan Hispania 12

Teams Championship

The Lotus domination continues. Virgin pull away from Hispania and there is really nothing more which can be said

    Team Points
1 Lotus Racing 97
2   Marussia Virgin 54
3   Hispania 33

Next Race

It’s another two week gap to Silverstone, which has had another renovation and has a new start line for 2011. The last two races at Silverstone haven’t been the best, so after Canada, I’m not expecting much more entertainment.

Last year Hispania made much controversy by replacing Bruno Senna with Sakon Yamamoto at the last moment. Unsurprisingly he finished last, while at the front, Jarno Trulli had one of his few moments that season where he finished in front of his team mate Heikki Kovalainen.

Kovalainen has possibly the best history at the circuit, starting on pole in 2008, although failed to make much of the opportunity.

I believe its a further chance to see Lotus move away from the other two, although the new rules could make things closer. Could. (Probably won’t.)

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Posted on June 26, 2011, in New Teams Championship and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Leigh O'Gorman

    Silverstone’s a-comin’ – another driver change per change?
    😉

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