While yesterday’s Turkish GP qualifying saw familiar results for the Lotus Racing team – Jarno Trulli finishing the session 19th and Heikki Kovalainen 20th – the mood in the camp is good, and they’re firmly setting their sights on the midfield teams ahead, listed by team boss Tony Fernandes as Williams, Toro Rosso and Sauber.
“All in all today’s been another good day and it proves to me that our future is very bright. To be honest I was starting to dream about Q2, and while we may still be a little bit off that we’re clearly getting closer and closer, and thinking back to where we started, that’s incredible,” the AirAsia chief said.
“Today we were just 3.2 seconds off the pace of the Red Bulls in Q1 and if you cast your mind back 10 short weeks to Bahrain you can see just how far we’ve come. There we were over five seconds away from the outright Q1 pace and anyone in the sport will tell you what an achievement it is to find nearly two seconds in just seven races.
“We were also just 2.4 seconds off Ferrari, celebrating their 800th race in Turkey, which is pretty spectacular for a team who are only seven races old – I think that shows to all those who expressed doubts about our participation that they were wrong. We’re also now in a position to turn our attention to the 2011 car, but we’re still here and fighting hard for this season,” he added.
Although Lotus has already shifted main focus on the 2011 car, Tony says that “there’s still more to come from the 2010 car, maybe even another 0.5 seconds.”