Saturday's Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session started with bright sunshine, and Lotus Racing enjoyed an excellent session, closing the gap to the midfield they've now set their sights on, and moving further away from the new teams they've led throughout the 2010 Championship. The team's in their performance was reflected in the comments made by all the key team figures.
Jarno Trulli: "A pretty good qualifying session today. The result itself hasn't changed, but we have significantly reduced the gap to the cars in front. Yesterday I had better pace, so I'm not that happy with my performance today, but we now have a good gap to our direct competitors, and can start thinking about taking on those in front, which is thanks to the guys in the team. We still have a lot of work to do, and I think there's even more to come from the car, so let's see what happens tomorrow."
Heikki Kovalainen: "I think it was a good session today and I'm happy. We achieved all the targets we set ourselves and we can see the gaps growing in the right direction - nearer those in front, and further away from the other new teams. We won't have these kind of upgrades every weekend, but I think the car will get quicker and quicker and we'll keep improving all the time. For the race tomorrow I think we can do well and I'm looking forward to being out there and seeing what we're like on a long run."
Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: "It was an excellent session for the team today, and a very good job by both drivers. Jarno has been a bit less happy with the balance of his car today than in practice yesterday, but still put in a great performance, whereas Heikki felt the balance had improved. Overall, our times today show how the package we've brought to Barcelona has helped us move ahead, so we can all be very pleased. Now we're all looking to close the gap to the teams ahead, and take the race to them."
Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: "I'm really very happy. We've talked a lot about Barcelona, so turning that talk into results has been important and we have clearly made a big step forward. I think we're about a second and a half away from the established teams, and obviously pulling away from the other new boys, so hopefully that speed, with consistent reliability, will see us able to challenge higher up the grid. It's obviously good to see the results of the efforts that have been put in, and when you think where we've come from, about nine seconds off the pace when we first went out on track in testing in Jerez, it's a huge accomplishment to the whole Lotus Racing team.
"It's also great to see our profile continuing to rise across the world. We've launched our first range of merchandise here, and it's good to see flags in the stands, and shirts in the crowd, so we'll do our best to give the fans something to cheer for tomorrow."