It was a fairly exciting race at yesterday’s British GP, where Mark Webber was simply in a class of his own. Further down the grid, Lotus Racing were as happy as the Aussie after a double finish – Jarno Trulli was 16th and Heikki Kovalainen 17th. Both T127 cars were one lap down from the race winner and finished ahead of the three other finishers from the rookie teams, which were 2 laps down from the lead. It was a much better outing than the last GP weekend at Valencia, where Heikki was out and Trulli finished dead last.
“Today’s been good – a strong two car finish is a great return on the all the hard work that’s been put in, so well done to the whole team for that, and once again we’re best of the news teams. Apologies to Heikki as we had a problem in his pitstop which dropped him behind the Virgin, but he drove a great race in the second half and managed to regain his place.
“Jarno had a very solid race to make sure we had a two car finish and keep ourselves best of the new teams. The only negative was the safety car which came at the wrong time for us, because we’d just pitted and it meant we dropped a lap down. But other than that it was a good strong Sunday, so well done to everyone in the team,” said Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer.
Besides that, Silverstone also saw VIP guest Hazel Chapman officially opening the team’s new motorhome alongside Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun, Bette Hill and former World Champion Nigel Mansell, the official FIA Steward for the British GP. Did you notice the AirAsia logo on the rear wing of the T127? That’s a result of Lotus taking on low cost long haul airline AirAsia X as its latest team partner.
On a separate note, congratulations to Spain for winning the World Cup! Beautiful movement, sublime passing and ball control – deserving winners indeed :)