Team Lotus European GP - Valencia Qualifying Report

Valencia Street Circuit

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04:

"For me that was a pretty good performance. I found some more time on my second run and I definitely got as much as I could out of myself and the car, so even though the gap to the cars ahead isn't what we want it to be it's still satisfying to have delivered on that goal. We knew from the practice sessions that the time difference would be about what it turned out to be and despite the hard work put in right across the whole team we weren't able to close it up any more."

Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus

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Jarno Trulli, Car 21 - Chassis T128-01:

"Traffic played a major role in my qualifying today. Everywhere I went it seemed as if there was someone right on the racing line, so to be honest I'm a bit disappointed. The car felt good and without the traffic I'm sure there was more pace in it, but even though we were all told not to back off in sector three there were other cars doing that and unfortunately that had a big influence on the times. However, now it's all about the race tomorrow and I think we can continue to show that the speed of the car in race trim is good. I want to make sure I have another good start and let's see what happens from there."

Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus
Jarno Trulli, Team Lotus

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Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:

"During FP3 we completed a good programme with Heikki. We had a small electrical issue with Jarno but that was quickly fixed and from our perspective that was a good session. One of the goals was to give the drivers the right engine maps to maximise performance in the slow speed corners and with the mileage we completed we were able to achieve that. In qualifying the result was not quite what we had hoped for but we definitely know where we have to improve the car and I am confident we are going in the right direction."

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:

"A reasonably good qualifying session for us. We are a little further down than we expected to be here, but we are well clear of the cars behind. Tomorrow will be a long hard race and the goal for us is to have a reliable two car finish and see what we can pick up."

I am still immensely proud of the way the whole team keeps performing

Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:

"I watched that session from Paris where I have had a very good week working on deals for AirAsia and for Team Lotus. Heikki put in another outstanding performance and had Jarno not had that spin at the end of Q1 he would have definitely been right up there with his teammate. Even though the times today may not have been quite as good as we would have hoped for I am still immensely proud of the way the whole team keeps performing. We are halfway through our second season and we have already had a few highs and a few lows, but I really do love our team - the way we go about our business is winning us more new fans every day, and as long as we keep working hard, never lose the passion and determination that is at the heart of our team, we will see our dreams come true."

By: Team Lotus

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heikki Kovalainen , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Team Lotus
Tags european gp, gascoyne, kovalainen, team lotus, trulli