Lotus was once again the leading newcomer during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang – with Jarno Trulli leading the way in both Friday sessions.
Having failed to make the start of the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, Trulli enjoyed a trouble free day to post a quickest lap just a second behind the Williams of Nico Hulkenberg.
“I managed to do some good set-up work and it was a positive two sessions,” the Italian said. “It seems we are competitive when compared to the other new teams but as we are ultimately aiming to fight with the top teams. We are looking to get ourselves into a position where we can work on detailed set-ups, and that will start from Barcelona.
“I am pleased that today's sessions, when compared to the previous two races, both went faultlessly and I'm very glad about that. I like the heat – I like racing in the heat as it tests fitness and I've always performed well here, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the race on Sunday.”
The sister car was shared between Fairuz Fauzy and Heikki Kovalainen in the two sessions, with Fauzy delighted to make his debut in an F1 race weekend on home soil.
“I feel very good, very motivated and this is really a special day for me as it's our home run,” he said. “It's great to be back again. The last time I was in Barcelona, which is a long time ago! I've always said that I'll be ready and fit, but it's still great that I was on the pace immediately.
“I'm happy and I hope we can do well this weekend – the car feels great, and I think it's faster than it was in Melbourne. It's going to be an exciting weekend – in Malaysia, anything can happen! If it rains and we can get an advantage out of it, then that's good.”