Lotus pair Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen are confident of a strong end to the European leg of the F1 season next weekend at Monza.
The pair head into the Italian Grand Prix on the back of a solid showing at Spa last time out, where Kovalainen started from the team's best grid position so far and the two drivers performed strongly on race day.
Lotus heads to Monza as the best of the new teams and Trulli said the main aim for the weekend was to ensure that things stayed that way prior to the fly-away events that will conclude the 2010 season.
“Monza is a very special grand prix,” he said. “We Italian drivers have fantastic support there, and the fans are really fired-up for the race. It's such a warm atmosphere, you can't help but enjoy it.
“The track is challenging, but it's not as technical as some of them. You obviously need good top speed, low downforce, good traction and good braking stability. Everyone talks about the low downforce, but the brakes play a really crucial role. You need to have the confidence to brake as late as possible and as hard as possible at the chicanes, and then you need to have really good traction to get yourself out of them as quickly as possible.
“I think we saw in Spa that our car is pretty good at the quicker tracks, so I think we'll be able to repeat our performance in Belgium – as long as we come out ahead of our nearest rivals we'll be happy, and then we'll be back in the air for the remaining races of 2010.”
Kovalainen, meanwhile, said he was looking forward to competing again on the one of the classic tracks that still remains on the F1 schedule.
“Monza is one of the real highlights of the year and it'll be good to be back in Italy,” he said. “It's a very different type of circuit and it has a great atmosphere. Obviously Ferrari have huge support out in the stands, but so do the other teams as the fans just love F1.
“I think it'll be a pretty cool weekend – for us drivers it's a high-speed track and with the low downforce configuration it makes it very interesting to race there. For the fans it's cool as well as the cars are pushed to the limit, and they look and sound pretty awesome on track.”