Lotus seems to be improving at a vast rate of knots during this season's final stages with the team yet again hailing their strongest race to date during the Korean race.

Heikki Kovalainen drove a faultless race to finish 14th ahead of both Sauber's while Jarno Trulli who matched his team mate for most of the race eventually came home in 17th after losing time in traffic.

Kovalainen, enjoyed a pretty straightforward race after making a strong start. The Finn thereafter was able to maintain pace and make the most of some good pace and durability on the prime tyre.

"After the fantastic performance last weekend in Japan this is another big step forward for us -finishing 14th today, ahead of both Saubers and within touching distance of Senna on the final lap is for sure our strongest ever race and it's a great feeling for me and the whole team to see us fighting with a big group of cars right from the very first lap," he said.

"We've been strong all weekend and it's great for the whole team that we're heading towards the end of the season with a car that is giving us a chance to really show what we can do. Honestly, I'd like to get straight back in now and do it all over again now I can't wait for India."

Trulli's pace during the race was just as strong and maintains had he not been held up after his second pit stop the one time grand prix winner would have finished in tandem with his team mate ahead of the Saubers.

"Heikki and I were keeping pace with the midfield and easily pulling away from the cars behind, but then in my second stop I had a bit of an issue with traffic in the pitlane which lost me a bit of time and brought me out just behind where we wanted to be," said Trulli.

"As soon as the blue flags started coming out late in the race I had to slow up, and if I hadn't had those problems I'm sure I could have finished with Heikki ahead of Kamui and Sergio. Despite that it's been a good weekend, and now we have another three races to build on today's performance and finish the season as well as possible."

Lotus chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne adopts the same views as his drivers and ever the optimist believes his team can continue to achieve higher standards race by race.

"A really excellent race and a great performance from the whole team," he said. "I know we said that last week in Japan was our strongest ever race but we have managed to improve once again and to beat both Saubers and match the pace of a group of teams ahead is very satisfying indeed.

"We are having a very strong end to the season and now we need to make sure we continue this run in the last three races."
by Simon Evans