Team principal Tony Fernandes admitted it was almost a tear-jerker as the blood, sweat and tears of the past two years finally paid off. Fernandes also took time to mention the legend of the original Team Lotus founder, Colin Chapman, a key factor which the Malaysian owner has always respected and hoped his team's efforts have preserved the notoriously charismatic Chapman's team in a positive light.
“Almost tears for me today! I am absolutely overjoyed," he said, "Two years of hard work have paid off today and it was great to see both cars home safely, helping us win tenth place. The icing on the cake was beating a Renault – that meant a lot to me as I have always said the good guys do win. We have a fantastic little team here, and some incredible partners in GE, Dell, Intel, APC and CNN and I know how much it means to each and every person associated with us to have finished this season where we wanted to. Now we look forward to our new life as Caterham F1 Team and we say goodbye to Team Lotus.
"Colin - we hope we did you proud and we hope you keep an eye over us as Caterham F1 Team. We know we will do you proud there as well.”
by Simon Evans