Jarno Trulli has expressed his hopes to end what has so far been a frustrating start to the 2010 Formula 1 campaign. The Italian who drives for Lotus Racing alongside Finn Hekki Kovalainen has suffered with hydraulics-related mechanical issues forcing him to retire in three out of four races so far this season.
In the opening round at the Bahrain Grand Prix Trulli was classified as a finisher but his car broke down at the dying minutes of the race. Kovalainen went to finish in 15h. At the next event in Australia he did not even start the race. He managed to finish the Malaysian round in 17th while Kovalainen retired, again with a hydraulics problem.
At the most recent race in China Trulli was forced to retire again while his teammate settled with 14th and at one point he was running in 6th place as he decided to pit later.
“I seem to have had all of the bad luck so far, so I admit that expectations have not been completely met,” said Trulli when speaking to Autosprint magazine. “We operate like a real team but unfortunately we’re at only ten percent of our potential due to a lack of preparation,” he added.
“My aims are to just stay in front of my team-mate and help lead the new teams. Anything else would just be dreaming right now; the only way of through into Q2, for example, would be for a disaster to happen (for quicker teams) although it did in Malaysia,” he concluded.
So far this season Lotus has been finishing ahead of Virgin and Hispania except for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Lets hope the team will rectify the mechanical issues so the drivers can focus on finishing races as high up the order as possible. Lotus is expected to introduce a ‘major’ car update at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 9th.