Heikki Kovalainen took full responsibility for his failure to reach Q3 in Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying.
The Lotus driver missed out on a place in the pole shootout by just 0.015 seconds and will start 11th for his second appearance in Kimi Raikkonen’s former seat. Although the level of rain at Interlagos varied during Q2, Kovalainen declined to use the weather as an excuse.
“The car was good, just simply not enough pace in myself today,” he said. “I couldn’t find any more grip and couldn’t go any quicker.
“I can’t really find any excuses at the moment. I just simply wasn’t fast enough. I have no problem with these conditions, it’s the same for everybody and you’ve got to be able to manage all conditions.”
Although Lotus has often fared better in hot conditions in recent seasons, Kovalainen does not think rain would be a problem for his car on Sunday.
“I think it’s been performing quite well in the rain,” he said. “In the dry, we don’t know. It might be worse, who knows?
“I honestly think the car is performing well. In the race we’ve just got to nail it a few more times.”