Lotus drivers 16th and 17th after FP2

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuveca

Team Lotus drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen ended the day in 16th and 17th positions respectively. Jarno was happy as of the start, while Heikki had a difficult morning but found a better setup through wing and brake balance changes.

Jarno Trulli, Car 21, Chassis T128-01:
“That was a good Friday for us. We ran well all day with no problems, got through the tyre evaluation programme and put good mileage on both the compounds. The grip level this morning was as dusty as we expected it to be and then it improved throughout the day, but with wet weather coming I think it will be harder work for everyone over the rest of the weekend.”

Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20, Chassis T128-04:
“Overall I'm pretty satisified but it was a bit of a strange day. In the early runs this morning it felt like one of the hardest Fridays I've had this year in terms of the balance and overall performance of the car, but as we kept putting more laps in we made some good improvements with the brakes and the setup and I think we pretty much got what we wanted out of it by the end of P2.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader:
“Another good Friday for us. We generated a lot of data from the mileage we ran, particularly on maximising performance on the very long straight here, and both drivers have given us good feedback about the maps we worked on so we have definitely achieved what we set out to today."

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer:
“A very useful day for the team and good preparation for the weekend ahead. Both drivers completed their full programmes and we ran all day with no mechanical issues on either car. This morning we ran on the development tyres and both the primes and the options in the afternoon and were pleased with how well all the compounds behaved. We have definitely made some progress on the setup, particularly on Heikki's car, so that goes down as a good day.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal:
"Today's performance in both sessions is a good way to mark my first visit to Canada. We have obviously made good strides on the reliability of the cars and that sets us up well for the whole weekend which is key to our development on track, so I am very pleased with how today has gone. Off track we have also had a very good lead up to the Canadian race by completing a number of very exciting deals for both Team Lotus and AirAsia. We will unveil everything we have been working on in due course and when we do I am confident that it will serve as proof positive of how successfully we are growing both the F1 team and the airline."