Did you enjoy yesterday’s Chinese GP? There was plenty of action in Shanghai and a some breakthroughs as well. For one, the season saw its first winner other than Sebastian Vettel in Lewis Hamilton. Another is Team Lotus joining the midfield, as declared by the team itself. Kovalainen’s T128 finished 16th, ahead of Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Pastor Maldonado (Williams), although the Sauber was competing higher up before he received a drive through penalty.

“That is our best ever performance,” the Finn said. “It’s not the highest place we’ve had but today we beat two midfield cars in a straight fight so I am very happy, with my performance and the performance of the whole team. We knew we would struggle in the cool conditions yesterday but today the temperatures rose and we expected to be able to put in the sort of race that would do justice to the pace that is in the car,” he added.

Tech chief Mike Gascoyne was equally happy. “That was an absolutely fantastic race from both drivers and from the pitcrew who performed brilliantly under huge pressure. It is very satisfying to have beaten two other midfield teams on track on pace and strategy and to be able to show that we have bridged the gap to the established teams.

“With the tyre degradation we were able to stick to two stops, which was always our plan and that allowed us to jump a couple of people, giving us our strongest race in F1. Additionally, we were only lapped once, right towards the end of the race, so I am very proud of the whole team today,” he beamed.

No statement from Tony Fernandes, but fellow Malaysian CEO Riad Asmat said: “I am actually lost for words. We were racing today, actually taking on teams who have been in the sport for many years, and even though there is a huge amount of work ahead of us, now we need to enjoy this moment, build on this feeling and keep moving forwards.”