Kovalainen: Onwards and upwards with Lotus

Kovalainen: Onwards and upwards with Lotus

This year simply seeing off Virgin and HRT won't do for Lotus - its sights are set higher up the field. Heikki Kovalainen talked to Adam Cooper about the team's prospects for its second season

This time last year reality had really hit home for both Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Both men had made the bold decision to join the new Lotus Racing team, swept along by the wave of enthusiasm generated by Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne, and the attention generated by the return of the famous name. But then they got to test the T127, and everyone realised what a hard slog 2010 would be.

Now that enthusiasm is back as the renamed Team Lotus prepares for the new season. Once again reliability issues hampered early testing, and the overall potential of the T128 is still hard to judge. However there was no doubt from its first day on track that it's a step forward in every area.

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