x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Lotus

The Tony Fernandes owned team continue to be the best of the three teams that entered the sport in 2010, but are still a second off the pace of the midfield and championship points are still unlikely at this stage.

No 20 Heikki Kovalainen, Finland
The Finn has been limited by his machinery, but he has still raised his stock in the F1 paddock by usually having the upper hand on Trulli, particularly in qualifying. Do not expect any upsets from him, but expect him to be the best of the bottom six at Yas Marina.

No 21 Jarno Trulli, Italy
The Italian struggled in the early part of the season to match Kovalainen and then being stood down for the German Grand Prix in favour of Karun Chandhok. A new power steering system has helped him, but still a disappointing campaign so far.