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Heikki Kovalainen to miss practice after losing out to Jarno Trulli
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30 March 2010

Heikki Kovalainen will miss practice for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after losing a coin toss to team-mate Jarno Trulli.

One of the regular race drivers was destined to miss the practice sessions to make way for the Malaysian-backed team's Malaysian test driver, Fairuz Fauzy.

See the Fairuz Fauzy testing for Lotus pre-season pictures

Following a suggestion from technical boss Mike Gascoyne, the race drivers decided to settle on who would miss the sessions with the throw of a coin.

"I picked tails," said Kovalainen.

Gascoyne added: "Both Jarno and Heikki are experienced drivers who do not need to do 40 laps in the first practice on a circuit that is familiar to them."

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Dave52 30 March 2010

Re: Lotus F1 ace's coin toss loss

MattDB wrote:
Put it this way, no one would expect a Premier football club to decide their team on the toss of a coin and put thier team tactics on twitter before and during a game!

Though they have apparently been known to chose who left the club on the basis of who the flying boot hit. A flying driving shoe would be a bit sissy though wouldn't it?
MattDB 30 March 2010

Re: Lotus F1 ace's coin toss loss

When you are fighting over who will 3rd from last ion every race then a flip of a coin is fun distraction, but maybe when Lotus gets it together and at least starts challenging for points, they may take things a bit more seriously and Mike Gascoine will also refrain giving away every thought via his live twitter updates during the race.

I agree the sport need humility but with millions of pounds invested and prize/tv money at stake, this is a serious business.

Put it this way, no one would expect a Premier football club to decide their team on the toss of a coin and put thier team tactics on twitter before and during a game!

Jon Hardcastle 30 March 2010

Re: Lotus F1 ace's coin toss loss

All this technical KNOW KHOW and the good old coin trick can still resolve matters.........fantastic.

What next......... drawing straws, pooh sticks, who can hold their breath longest under water?

Or try this, the team principle saying this week you miss a test session next time the other does.