Technical director Mike Gascoyne has urged his team to remain focused through the final two races of the 2010 F1 season as Lotus seeks to secure its position as the best of the three newcomers on the grid.
A strong performance from Heikki Kovalainen in Korea, where he avoided the various incidents on track to finish in 13th, helped Lotus to strengthen its hold on tenth place – with rivals Virgin and Hispania left hoping for something untoward to happen in the final two races if they are to stand any chance of getting ahead to secure best newcomer honours.
The team that manages to finish tenth in the standings will benefit from a financial windfall, with teams finishing in eleventh and twelfth missing out on vital prize money.
Although none of the new teams has managed to score points this season, Lotus has consistently been the strongest performer but heading to Brazil this weekend, Gascoyne said it was important for the team not to let its advantage slip.
“Korea was another good result for us and now we are looking to take that performance through to Brazil,” he said. “We have two races left this year, and while it will be a pretty tough two weeks for the whole team, it is the same for everyone in the pitlane and we have the experience and the determination to make sure we are in the right position to capitalise on whatever opportunities arise on track.
“It has been very satisfying this season to see that we have taken full advantage of all the races where there have been a high number of incidents, like Japan and Korea, and that is down to good people working effectively on the pitwall, in the garages and in the cars, and we will make sure we do not let that slip in Brazil or Abu Dhabi.”