Lotus Racing talks about being closer to the midfield lately, but race day at the Spanish GP panned out to be pretty much the same like we’ve seen so far – ahead of the other rookie teams but quite some way from being able to challenge Williams, Sauber or Toro Rosso. While Heikki Kovalainen did not even start the race due to a gearbox failure, Jarno Trulli was the best placed finisher of the rookie teams at 17th, three laps down on race winner Mark Webber.
“It was a bit of a disappointing afternoon because we had a difficult race where we weren’t really able to show our true pace. We had a gearbox problem on the grid with Heikki, which was caused by a procedural issue, not a reliability problem. That’s frustrating as I think he would have had a strong race.
“Jarno made a great start, he had some contact going down into the first corner and throughout the race was struggling with the rear of the car. It was difficult for him in traffic, but he did a good job to bring the car home and get his first real race finish. Now we’ll just have to go to Monaco next week and show what we know we can do,” expressed Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer.
The Finn elaborated on his non start: “We had a gearbox problem while we were firing up on the grid. The gearbox selected two gears at once – there was some sort of software issue which caused it to fail. It’s unfortunate, because we have had such a good weekend, but these things happen.”