Despite Jarno Trulli suffering a third successive race retirement, Lotus Technical Director Mike Gascoyne remained upbeat about the continual improvement being Jarno Trulli tries to conjure up some good luckshown by the team.

Poor Jarno has certainly had the rough end of the reliability stick, and his last recorded race finish was a 17th place in Spain. His lack of race finishes have left the Italian bog last in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Despite his brake-related retirement, Gascoyne was pleased with the Italian’s pace and said: “He was absolutely flying and the strategy would have really paid out for him.”

Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen finished the race in 16th place, and managed to fend off Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, who finished 17th after multiple pit stops and drive-through penalties.

“Heikki drove a fantastic race, fighting all the way with the guys in front, and kept it up right to the end to keep Petrov behind him,” Gascoyne added.

[Original image via GP Update]

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