• Canadian Grand Prix

Mike Gascoyne hails big step forward for Lotus

ESPNF1 Staff
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Heikki Kovalainen leads Jarno Trulli in Montreal © Sutton Images
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Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne said his team's performance in the Canadian Grand Prix was a 'massive step forward'.

Heikki Kovalainen enjoyed arguably his most competitive race and ran as high as sixth as the rest of the cars pitted. He eventually finished 16th ahead of Renault's Vitaly Petrov while team-mate Jarno Trulli was unfortunate to retire with a brake problem after a strong showing.

"I think this weekend has been a massive step forward for the whole team," said Gascoyne. "Rather than being just one of the new teams, we actually got stuck in and raced the teams ahead, which is what we wanted to do, so congratulations and thank you to the whole team for getting us to this position."

Importantly, Lotus emerged head and shoulders above other new teams Virgin Racing and HRT, with Kovalainen lapping both of the other team's cars.

"In the end we lapped both of the other new teams, so it was a great effort, and again, well done. I think overall we can be very happy with the race, and the whole weekend.

"The one disappointment was obviously Jarno's problem - we will have to look at it in more detail, but it looks as though the vibration put paid to his race.

"Before he pulled over he was absolutely flying and the strategy would have really paid out for him, so that's a plus. Heikki drove a fantastic race, fighting all the way with the guys in front, and kept it up right to the end to keep Petrov behind him."