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Kovalainen delighted with Q2 effort

ESPNF1 Staff
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Heikki Kovalainen made it through to Q2 © Getty Images
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Heikki Kovalainen was delighted with making it through to the second qualifying session in only the third grand prix for the new Lotus team.

Kovalainen took to the track immediately to avoid the worst of the conditions and was rewarded by making it through to Q2. He will start from 15th on the grid.

"I'm so pleased," said Kovalainen after qualifying. "I really like these conditions - it's very hard to judge your speed and you really have to take some risks, and all the time you're feeling like you might lose the car, but that's the challenge and I love it! On some parts of the track it was very wet and raining hard, and on others it wasn't so much."

Although Kovalainen admits the team were slightly fortunate with the weather, he admitted that the performance exceeded the team's expectations.

"Getting to Q2 really exceeds expectations for me and the whole team - yes of course we've been a little bit lucky today for sure, but it means we beat the other new teams, again!

"Although we were lucky, we played our strategy just right -if you look at the McLarens and Ferraris they didn't think it was going to rain that much and look what happened. They missed their window at the beginning of the session and we took full advantage of it. Now I can't wait to race tomorrow!"