Team Lotus will be able to extract more performance from its car this weekend in Malaysia and perform better than it did in Australia two weeks ago, that's the prediction of chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne.

The Norfolk-based outfit had been hoping to challenge the midfield teams this season, but had a rather rude awakening in Melbourne and again found itself struggling to get near that pack.

Despite that though, Gascoyne reckons the 5.543 kilometre Sepang International Circuit will suit the T128 more than Albert Park and he is hopeful that Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen will find the T128 a more competitive animal.

"We left Australia with mixed feelings about the race. Heikki's pace in the early laps was a good step forward for us, and Jarno's race pace took us close to what we showed in the pre-season tests we can do, but we did struggle all weekend with the tyres and a couple of small issues that we have now had time to resolve back at the factory," Gascoyne stated ahead of the second round in the F1 2011 season

"The conditions at Sepang should suit us more favourably though. I think the track temperatures will help us show more of the car's true pace and as the layout it is quite similar to Barcelona - relatively high aero and a good mix of low and high speed turns - I think we will be able to extract more performance from the car than we were able to in Melbourne.

"The whole team is excited about the challenge ahead - they are energised by the huge local support we have and that will help us all put in a performance that will do our fans proud."



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