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Lotus focus - Heikki Kovalainen suffers DNF on first 2011 race

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Heikki Kovalainen suffers DNF on first 2011 race
Team Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen was disappointed with the pace of his Lotus car throughout the entire Australian GP weekend, although during the race he managed to battle with Toro Rosso for position. Unfortunately, despite qualifying 19th on the grid, Heikki didn't make it to the end of the race.

Describing his time on track, Heikki said: ""Until the retirement I was very pleased with my own performance. I had a good start and was then staying with Alguersuari and Pérez until the water leak brought my race to an end. I think this has been a bit of a tricky weekend for us, perhaps more difficult than we had anticipated, but we have some time now to analyse why the pace wasn't quite where we had expected it to be."

The team as a whole weren't as frustrated, with chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne saying that they knew they would do better in the race than in qualifying, and now they're more comfortable on the tyres.