In an incident filled Monaco GP where one man didn’t start and six failed to finish, Team Lotus did well to avoid the chaos and bring both cars to the finish line. Thanks to the dropouts, which included the likes of Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa, Jarno Trulli finished 13th and Heikki Kovalainen 14th, the highest they’ve been this season. Still no points on the board, although the team is rather upbeat about the weekend.

“A strong result for the team and it was good to get both cars over the finish line. Both drivers drove very strong races and we gave them a chance to fight with a two stop strategy, starting both cars on options. We switched Heikki to the prime for the last two stints because he had higher degradation but kept Jarno on the options until the second pitstop and even thought they were held up by slower cars we are very pleased with 13th and 14th,” said Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer.

Team boss Tony Fernandes is a satisfied man: “I watched the race from Bali and that capped off an incredible week for us. This time last year neither car finished the race but today both cars crossed the line in 13th and 14th places. Our pace was good but most importantly both cars finished the race, we brought the Team Lotus brand home and we won the first of the GP2 races in Monaco. That constitutes a very good week’s work at the office.”

He is referring to Davide Valsecchi, the Team AirAsia driver who won GP2 Race One in Monaco.