Team Lotus finished 14th and 15th at Spa yesterday, a performance that the team is very happy with. Not only that, but driver Jarno Truli, who only recently had low morale and confidence, was given a boost and is looking forward to the next race in Italy.

“That is a very good result for the whole team today and goes down as one of our strongest performances since we came into the sport. We had a poor start where both cars were last after making contact in the first corner but we recovered very well, and to have finished in 14th and 15th after that is very pleasing,” said technical chief Mike Gascoyne.

“Both drivers were excellent today, but the pit crew deserve special praise for having taken a massive step forward in their performance. All our stops were exactly what we needed so congratulations to them for a job very well done today,” he added.

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Trulli is finding his joy back. “I had a great start, passing a few other cars away from the line but then the accident in T1 meant both Heikki and I suffered damage – him to his nosecone, me to the floor and I had to run the whole race with that damage, so to finish 14th after that is just fantastic.

“Apart from the start I enjoyed the whole race – I passed a number of cars and when the safety car came out I was able to close the gap to the cars ahead. That gave me the chance to fight with the Renault (Bruno Senna) and I passed him and was then able to keep pace with the other guys ahead.

“Racing like this, with no problems and with a car I can fight with all afternoon is very satisfying, so now I can’t wait to get back in when we get to Italy and keep up the momentum we’ve built up here,” he said, with a smile we presume.