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Team Lotus hope to continue strong form

Team Lotus intend to continue their strong run of performances during the final two races of the F1 season as the team looks for a solid base into 2012
The final third of this F1 season has saw Team Lotus progress from strength to strength after starting the season failing to mirror their optimism into meaningful results.

In the hands of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, the Norfolk based team have been able to mix it with the established teams of Williams and Renault on a number of occasions.

Their target this weekend is no different on a circuit which might not pose the same challenge as others, but is nonetheless important to find the correct balance in order to optimise the 'grippy' track surface.

“I'm looking forward to Abu Dhabi – I've had a run of bad luck in the last few races and I hope I can turn that around in Yas Marina and help the team make sure we get that tenth place this year," Trulli said. "The circuit's not the biggest challenge of the year, but the facilities are great, the track surface is grippy and if you get a good balance you can really push, in the high speed sector from T1 to T7, and around the twisty bits back up to the start line."

The Italian also predicts this weekend's race will offer plenty of overtaking from the combination of DRS and the nature of the Pirelli tyres, contrary to last year's race.

"We saw last year that it's very hard to overtake around the Abu Dhabi track but DRS and the way the Pirellis have performed all year will definitely change that," he said. "The run down to T8 where the DRS zone will be activated will definitely see a lot of passing and I want to make sure I'm up there with the teams we've been fighting with in the last few Grand Prix and racing all weekend.”

Team mate Kovalainen also concedes the track itself isn't a major challenge but the element of running while the light fades makes the weekend a unique experience for everyone concerned.

“Two races left and we are going to two of the better circuits on the calendar," he said. "Abu Dhabi's not a hugely challenging circuit to race on, but the timing of the sessions and the fact we are running as the light's fading on Sunday makes it pretty cool for the fans and on TV."

Team Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne sees no reason why his team can't enjoy another strong weekend. Gascoyne explained part of the reason contributing to their surge in performances is getting the most out of their package while the tyres have gained temperature.




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Nick - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 6:48 PM

Team Lotus keen to maintain momentum Qualified 19th 20th What momentum We all look to Qualifying for the improvements because when a team scores no points constantly its only qualifying that we can judge them on I expected Team Lotus to have been in the points by this stage of the season. For me they are very disappointing to say the least. I hope they have a change of fortune when they start with their own name and identity because using Team Lotus name has brought them only bad luck.

Nick - Unregistered

November 13, 2011 5:29 PM

Momentum explaned. the power to increase or develop at an ever-growing pace 17th Kovalainen Lotus-Renault plus 1 lap 18th Trulli Lotus-Renault plus 2 laps Backward Momentum from Caterham



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