Lotus was able to celebrate a 1-2 finish amongst the new teams as the famous name returned to action in the British Grand Prix for the first time since 1994.
Jarno Trulli had seen his start to the weekend beset by gearbox problems that limited his running on Friday, before he suffered hydraulic problems in the final practice session on Saturday morning.
Having qualified in 21st place as a result, Trulli was left with work to do in the race but took 16th place to finish as best of the newcomers.
“I finished the grand prix and managed to fight with the other teams after a pretty difficult weekend, so I'm very happy,” he said. “It's just great for the whole team as they worked really hard with some difficult problems, but the work paid off. My pace felt very good, especially when you consider that I didn't have a chance to work on any set up changes, and I had to get used to the new section of the track in qualifying and during the first part of the race, so I think we all did a pretty good job!”
Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen meanwhile followed Trulli home in 17th, although he lost time in the pits and also following the Safety Car period when he was forced to yield to allow quicker cars to come through.
“I think my pace was good all the way through the race, but there was constant traffic in front of me,” he said. “I lost my position on the first lap, which was frustrating, as I then got held up quite a bit. I don't mind being a lap down, but it's just a shame I couldn't really push.
“Overall I'm very pleased that we managed to finish where we did and it has been a good day for the team here at Silverstone.”