Lotus prepared for tough start in Bahrain

On Friday, Lotus Racing will participate in first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, exactly six months to the day after securing entry into Formula 1.

Two cars and a 60-strong team have arrived in Bahrain as Lotus prepare for their F1 return with experienced drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen. Trulli is hopeful for a good start to the season, but is aware that it will not be easy. “It would be nice to score a point, but it is not going to be easy. We have to be realistic.”

Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne is pleased with the pre-season preparations, and is positive for the team’s prospects in the coming season. “Our test season was extremely productive – in general we’ve had very good reliability, and the team is in very good shape going to the first race.”

Tony Fernandes, the team principal, is expecting a tough start to the season thanks to the lack of preparation time compared to their rivals, but targets quick improvements. “We are all looking forward to Bahrain; to have Lotus Racing on the grid will be a momentous occasion for all involved and, indeed, for our fans, whose support has been absolutely fantastic since we launched just under six months ago. Yes we are a little slower than the major leading teams, however we will get there, with passion, hard work and a clear vision – our aim for this first Grand Prix will be to finish and steadily but surely improve, race by race.”