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Turkish GP Team Lotus Race Report

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Istanbul Park

TURKISH GP - SOLID PROGRESSION

Jarno Trulli, Car 21 - qualified 19th, finished 18th:

Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP, R31 leads Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus, TL11
Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP, R31 leads Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus, TL11

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"That was a reasonably good race, particularly in the early laps. I had another incredibly good start but was blocked in the first corner so couldn't really exploit how well I'd got off the line. Early on I started fighting with the tyres so we changed to a three stop strategy which eventually worked out pretty well. However, the result today doesn't really show how we have improved our performance so I think that when we get to Barcelona with the whole new package on the car we'll really be able to fight with the midfield teams."

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - qualified 18th, finished 19th:

Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus

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"That was a pretty tough afternoon. I had a couple of mechanical issues, with a small hydraulic leak which affected the DRS and the diff, and I think the strategy didn't work out how we would have liked. Despite that it's been another good weekend for the team and a two car finish was always a major goal here, but now it's about looking forward to Spain and we're all focusing on taking a big step forward there."

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: "That was a good race because both cars finished so for us it was okay reliability-wise. That is the second time we have done that and that is the first job of the team, so that is a good result for us. We struggled a bit with Heikki today but I think it was a bit easier for Jarno and even though we can see that we need some more time to be able to catch the teams ahead I am sure that will come soon."

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

"The key goal today was for both cars to cross the finish line and I am pleased we achieved that and it is pleasing to see that both drivers performed very well all weekend, and the whole team. With Heikki we tried to stick to two stops but the degradation of the tyres was higher than we expected so we switched Jarno to a three stop plan. Heikki's car then developed a hydraulic leak and we were concerned that he would not be able to get to the end, and that if his tyres went off he would be unable to stop again but we were forced to keep him on two stops and turn off the differential and clutch off which made his car very difficult to handle.

We look forward to Barcelona where we will have our big update

Mike Gascoyne

Without that, I think we would have been able to beat Maldonado on the track. Jarno drove a good, strong three stop strategy but reported quite high tyre degradation so we have to look at why he is suffering more than Heikki. However, overall it is good to get two cars to the finish and we look forward to Barcelona where we will have our big update and I hope that we can take the fight to those in front."

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

We keep making small steps and moving forward

Tony Fernandes

"This has been a good weekend for us and we are all happy that we got two cars to the finish. Heikki had some hydraulic issues and if they had not affected his race I think he would have given Maldonado a much better fight. Looking at the laptimes I am very happy that we keep improving every weekend. The whole team is excited about the updates we have for Barcelona, but for now I am very pleased with this weekend. Here in Turkey last year neither car finished so this is another positive development in our growth. We keep making small steps and moving forward and that has always been the plan - grow in a measured, controlled way that gives us the best foundations for future success."

Team Lotus Information

Number of Team Lotus tweets since October 2009: 5,190
Year a Renault engine won its first Grand Prix (French GP): 1979
Average age of drivers in AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Program: 16

General
Total race laps: 58 Weather: Sunny
Max track temp: 30°

Fastest laps
KOV - 1:32.695, lap 55 / TRU - 1.32.862, lap 39

RACE

Runplan

Driver: Jarno Trulli
Chassis: T128-03

1000: Car cover off
1100: Race programme and strategy briefing
1135: First engine fire up / shift check / complete systems check
1300: Race briefing
1430: Pitlane open
1430: Car leaves for grid / 2 laps (1 through pitlane)
1445: Pitlane closes
1459: Fire up
1501: Lights out - start on option tyres
Lap 13: Pitstop 1 - option tyres
Lap 25: Pitstop 2 - option tyres
Lap 39: Pitstop 3 - prime tyres
Finished 18th

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: T128-04

1000: Car cover off
1100: Race programme and strategy briefing
1130: First engine fire up / shift check / complete systems check
1300: Race briefing
1430: Pitlane open
1431: Car leaves for grid / 1 lap
1445: Pitlane closes
1459: Fire up
1501: Lights out - start on option tyres
Lap 15: Pitstop 1 - option tyres
Lap 31: Pitstop 2 - prime tyres
Lap 53: Pitstop 3 - prime tyres
Finished 19th


Source: Team Lotus

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