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2 April 2010

Malaysia Grand Prix Friday Practice

Friday began with Mike Gascoyne's birthday being celebrated in the garage before the action on track began in what is fast becoming Lotus Racingís signature style, with Fairuz Fauzy in chassis T127-01 first out on track trying out a shark fin engine cover in the morning session.

Whilst replacing Heikki Kovalainen for the session he completed 19 laps with a best time of 1.40.721 in a good run in the morning heat. Jarno Trulli completed 21 laps and finished ahead of the other new teams on 1.39.460.


Before Fairuz saw the green light Tony lent into the cockpit to tell Fairuz how proud both he and the whole country was of this landmark moment. After the session was completed Tony said ďItís just unbelievable! I woke up at 6am today as I couldnít sleep I was so excited. Iím just really pleased to see Fairuz out there with Jarno and the rest of the household names that make up the grid.

ďItís great that F1ô gives the chance for developing teams and developing countries to come to the fore and grab this sort of opportunity. It shows that the combination of British and Malaysian skills can dare to dream of competing on a global level, and can do so in an innovative, fresh way. Fairuz is a lad who has climbed the motorsport ladder - from his local roots at the kart circuit his Father built in Kuala Lumpur, to being on track in F1ô in a car built in the UK and

 competing all around the world. For me thatís a very clear sign of how well our Anglo-Malaysian collaboration is working, and long may that continue.Ē

Fairuz himself said ďI feel very good, very motivated and this is really a special day for me as itís our home run. Itís great to be back again. The last time I was in Barcelona, which is a long time ago! Iíve always said that Iíll be ready and fit, but itís still great that I was on the pace immediately. Iím happy and I hope we can do well this weekend Ė the car feels great, and I think itís faster than it was in Melbourne. Itís going to be an exciting weekend Ė in Malaysia, anything can happen! If it rains and we can get an advantage out of it, then thatís good.

Jarno Trulli: ďIt started off as a difficult day but I managed to do some good setup work and it was a positive two sessions. It seems we are competitive when compared to the other new teams but as we are ultimately aiming to fight with the top teams we are looking to get ourselves into a position where we can work on detailed setups, and that will start from Barcelona. I am pleased that todayís sessions, when compared to the previous two races, both went faultlessly and Iím very glad about that. I like the heat Ė I like racing in the heat as it tests fitness and Iíve always performed well here, so Iím looking forward to tomorrow and the race on Sunday.Ē

Heikki Kovalainen: ďIím really pleased with the car Ė obviously I didnít get much time to practice today, but it felt good and Iím feeling very confident with it. Iím looking forward to the race ahead Ė I think weíre in really good shape. We tried a different set up with my car, and it took a few laps to get into it, but really I was very pleased and happy and looking forward to getting in the car again tomorrow. Weather wise, it is very hot and humid, and itís difficult conditions here, but Iím feeling good and am very fit for the race.Ē

Mike Gascoyne: ďAll round a very successful day. It was good to have Fairuz in the car this morning and he was able to complete his entire program. Heikki took over the car in the afternoon and was also able to finish his planned program - evaluating the tyres and the race pace of the car. We had no mechanical issues on either car and in general Iím very pleased with the progress weíre making, so well done to the whole team.Ē