Kovalainen Bahrain

After a triumphant debut race at Bahrain last weekend – where they were the only rookie team to have either car finish the race – Lotus is certainly not standing still!

The team is now setting its sights ahead on the grid, rather than behind, and is targeting the established teams of Toro Rosso and Sauber as opposed to fellow rookies Virgin Racing and Hispania.

Although Jarno Trulli pulled over with a few corners to run with an hydraulics failure, his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen made it to the finish line, two laps adrift of race-winner Fernando Alonso. The Finn drove a combative race, and despite his relative pace disadvantage, he put up solid defence against Nico Hülkenberg, Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil, who were all recovering from their incidents in the opening laps.

Speaking with Reuters, the team’s Technical Director Mike Gascoyne was typically bullish about the next goal.

“This is a great start,” he said. “We’ve done the first massive step, we’ve now got to take some more. For us, it’s not about the new teams; it’s now about looking at Toro Rosso or Sauber – they are the ones we’ve got to look at to close the gap when we go racing."

Go for it guys!

[Original image via GP Update]

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