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Lotus drivers share their views ahead of GP of Spain

Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen weight their options with the complex Circuit of Catalunya.
Monday, May 16, 2011

May 15th (F1plus Team).- Team Lotus wants to keep its momentum and have a shot at scoring some points. The team confidence grows with every grand prix, and since they are comfortably ahead of Virgin and Hispania in development, a lot can happen.

The T128 car has done a good job, and if Williams doesn’t correct the course, Team Lotus might catch up with it.

Tony Fernandes, the team boss, is a very determined person, and when his business excellence mixes with a clear and a defined objective, results can be expected. This year, the main objective is to score points.

Circuit of Catalunya has a lot of everything; reason why –besides weather- teams like to practice there. Nevertheless, there are not many passing zones and very often, races there could be “boring”. However the presence of KERS and DRS would put these new incorporations into a new real test.

Jarno Trulli at Istanbul Park.

Team Lotus drivers share their views about the upcoming Grand Prix of Spain.

Jarno Trulli: “It's always good to get back to Spain. I've spent so much time at the Barcelona circuit it’s like a second home to the whole team and me and even though I must have completed thousands of kms around there it's still a good challenge. It's very technical and that puts demands on the car's aero – a good aero package is one of the keys to being quick."

"Looking at the circuit itself I particularly like T9 – it’s one of the quicker corners in the whole calendar and one that rewards confidence and good balance. There’s not a lot of overtaking chances around the lap and we’ll see if the DRS plays the same role in Spain that it did in Turkey – if it does then tracks like Barcelona will suddenly have overtaking and that’s got to be good for the fans.”

Heikki Kovalainen: “Barcelona is one of the tracks where we all know every single centimeter of the whole lap. We test there so much that it usually ends up with the whole grid having teammates side by side but it’s the kind of circuit where you can’t hide anything at all. If you are quick there you can be quick everywhere as it’s demanding aerodynamically, and if you struggle there you could have problems at a variety of circuits."

"A good lap kind of flows until you reach the last three corners, which are a bit fiddly. The first sector is probably the best – T1 is a quick chicane and then turns three, four, seven and nine are all fast. You need good high-speed stability there and good grip to get the best out of the car and when you hook it all up and put in a quick time it’s pretty rewarding.”

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