Lotus Racing chief Mike Gascoyne sees no reason why the team cannot continue its solid start to life in Formula 1 as the season rolls on to the fourth and final ‘flyaway’ round before heading back to Europe in May.
Although the team – like fellow newcomers Virgin and HRT, and F1 stalwart Sauber – has yet to notch a point in 2010, Gascoyne is happy with the way the T127 and drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen have performed in the three races to date, and is looking for another step on the road to reliability as the circus stops off in Shanghai.
“It’s just a couple of weeks since Malaysia and the last of the early season ‘flyaway’ races, so we’re focusing on getting both cars across the finish line here before we turn our attention to the upgrade package we have planned for Barcelona,” said the veteran designer. “The guys back at the factory have worked very hard on the parts we sent back, and have done a great job to turn around everything in time and get it sent back out here.
“Our car’s race pace has been good so far, and I think we’ll see that again in Shanghai as it’s a technical circuit that will bring out the best in both our drivers. I think their experience will see us build on the solid start we’ve had so far.”