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Kovalainen keen to build on Malaysian display

Heikki Kovalainen seeks to build on Malaysian result as F1 heads for China
Heikki Kovalainen will aim to build on an encouraging performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend as F1 heads to China for the third round of the year.

The Finn enjoyed a strong run at Sepang to finish the race a lap down in 15th place, but posted a fastest lap quicker than the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari.

Kovalainen will now look to build on that performance in China, with the Team Lotus driver admitting that he was confident of a strong weekend.

"I enjoyed my time in Malaysia but now it's about building on the performance there and looking ahead to China,” he said. “It'll be cooler than in Malaysia for sure, but for me the heat isn't a problem anywhere we go, and obviously that's the same for the cold!

“However, pace wise, I think that if we can repeat our performance in the race in Malaysia then it means we can repeat it anywhere in the world. I do enjoy driving in China - it's similar to Malaysia in that it's a modern circuit, fairly small and it has some pretty heavy braking zones. The DRS will come into play on the main straight and I think it'll be another good race."



Team-mate Jarno Trulli will aim to join Kovalainen in securing a finish after a clutch problem put him out of the Sepang race.

"China is one of those tracks where I have never been too lucky, so it's always a bit of a challenge,” he said. “Despite that, we go there in a good position after getting pretty much the best out of the car in Malaysia. We learnt a lot from Saturday and Sunday there, and that will be very useful for us in Shanghai where obviously it will be a different challenge, but hopefully we can have a better shot at qualifying and let's see what happens on Sunday."



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Dan - Unregistered

April 14, 2011 3:20 PM

Kovalainen is a lot better than the Lotus team. A top 10 driver racing for a bottom 3 team. They stand a chance of moving forward with him on board though.



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