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22 May 2011
Team Lotus - Turkish Grand Prix 2011
20 May 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20: "Overall we can be very happy about this Friday. I think we've seen an improvement today on where we were and throughout the sessions we could see that we were getting more and more out of the new package. The gap to the cars ahead seems reasonably small so I think it's all positive. The key point is that there is a lot more to come out of it. Optimising the whole update will take time and even though the car felt good on both the options and the primes we know that after going through the data tonight we can make more improvements tomorrow, and in the coming races."
Jarno Trulli, Car 21: "A bit of a mixed day for me. The team made a change to my steering in the morning session which meant I couldn't complete the program in FP1 but in the afternoon session we completed a decent number of laps and I could start to feel where we have found some improvements on the car. For much of the day I didn't really feel like I was getting the most out of it but we have found some of the pace we want to with the updates and with more work there is clearly much more to come."
Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: "In FP1 we struggled a bit with Jarno as we had a couple of mechanical issues which needed to be resolved during the session. That cut into the program but we redoubled our efforts in FP2 and have had some good feedback from both drivers, especially from Jarno on the new package overall. We have generated a great deal of data from the mileage we completed today so we will analyse that and look to implement it in FP3 and qualifying tomorrow."
Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: "That was a very interesting and useful day, and good to put so many laps on the new package. As we expected the behaviour of the car is now quite different to what we have been working with so far this season and it will take a lot of fine tuning to get the best out of all the improvements, but I think that on the soft tyre and the longer runs we could clearly see some of the improvements we were aiming for. There are obviously areas we need to focus on, but those can all be dialled out, so all in all this has been a good day with the new package, well done to the whole team for working hard to get it all working so well on the car on its debut and I am sure there is much more to come."
Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: "I always thought it would take some time for us to maximise the potential of the updates we have applied here, especially for the drivers who have basically a new rear end of the car to get to grips with. However, I am very happy with the mileage we have accumulated today and the fact we are faster than we have been before. I cannot remember a Friday when we have run so many laps and that has given us a lot of very useful data for Marianne and her team to work on in the wind-tunnel. We clearly performed very well on the options, maybe not so well on the primes, but for me, even though I am not a veteran of this sport, I knew it would take time to integrate the updates so I keep realistic goals and know that we will keep working hard and moving forward step by step."
21 May 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20:
"This is obviously a great day for Team Lotus
and I want to thank everyone here and back at
the factory for working so hard to get us to
this next step in our story. There is a lot more
to come from this car and while we have
performed really well today we can see that we
can keep progressing and taking the fight to the
cars around us on merit. With the work we did
overnight and in FP3 I can feel that we have
found a much better balance in the high-speed
corners, and we can work more on how it feels in
the low speed corners which is where I think we
will find even more time, but for now this is a
good feeling and puts us into a good position
for the race tomorrow."
22 May 2011
Jarno Trulli, Car 21: "The race was really good.
It was another great start for me, another
strong start this season, so that was very
positive. I gained a number of positions and was
right in the race in the beginning. Obviously
with soft tyres our car was looking better than
it did with the hard tyres and that gave us a
very good first couple of stints. Unfortunately
towards the middle of the race I felt I had a
problem with the exhaust which affected the rear
end of the car and meant that my performance was
not as good as earlier. But all in all, it was a
very good race for me. I fought like a lion and
I'm happy with myself and felt that I really got
the best out of the car today. There's still a
bit of work to do to catch up with the guys in
front, but it's fantastic that we've lapped the
guys behind us once again. The overall aero
package is good - we just need to focus on
developing that for the future and increase the
gap even more from the guys behind, and keep on
closing the distance to the cars ahead."