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Gascoyne Really Proud Of Lotus Team

Mike Gascoyne, the technical chief at Lotus has said he is very proud of the new team following their first race in Bahrain yesterday.

The man who helped bring the Lotus name back to F1 said that his team had done exactly what it said it would, bring a near competitive car, with good drivers and that would be reliable.   Lotus were the only team who had both cars finish out of the new teams, indeed Hispania and Virgin had neither car finish.

While Jarno Trulli was suffering with technical issues, Heikki Kovalainen had no such problems and dived in to overtaking manouevres only being lapped once.

“As we said, it does what it says on the tin,” he told Autosport this morning.

“We said we would be a professional team, we would turn up, we would be ready and we would be reliable. Then we could work on the performance.

“I think actually in the race, the performance of our quickest lap was not too bad. A 2m02, while a lot of guys didn’t get below two minutes. Our pace wasn’t bad and we felt from all the running we had done actually that single lap was our problem, and we were better over longer runs. It was just good to get to the flag.”

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