Double finish eludes Lotus again

Hingham-based Lotus Racing produced another solid performance in the last of four flyaway races, in China. Heikki Kovalainen finished 14th after a tight battle with Nico Hulkenberg's Williams, but Jarno Trulli's race came to a premature end on lap 34 after his run of bad luck continued in Shanghai's damp conditions.

Hingham-based Lotus Racing produced another solid performance in the last of four flyaway races, in China.

Heikki Kovalainen finished 14th after a tight battle with Nico Hulkenberg's Williams, but Jarno Trulli's race came to a premature end on lap 34 after his run of bad luck continued in Shanghai's damp conditions.

Heikki Kovalainen: 'This was a great way to round off our first four races. I think we had the correct strategy today in what were pretty tricky conditions. The pace was good - we were again ahead of the other new teams, and this time had a good battle with Williams. The decision to stay out early on dry tyres was made by me and the team together - it wasn't wet enough to come in and as soon as the race started I could see the rain had calmed down so we agreed it was the right call to stick with the plan. Jarno Trulli: 'It was a tough day out there from the start, which is a shame because we'd had a trouble free weekend and I was able to push for quite a few laps. The conditions weren't too bad and I was enjoying myself, but I had more hydraulics issues which brought me in on lap 18. The team did a good job to get me back out again but unfortunately the problems struck again and I had to retire.'

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne: 'While I'm obviously pleased I want to say first how disappointed I am for Jarno. He's had a lot of bad luck so far - it seems all our bad luck has been on his car, so apologies to him, but it was a fantastic race from Heikki. I'm also very pleased to see our race pace was very good, especially at the end in the wet conditions. These first four races were always going to be tough, but we've achieved what we set out to and now we're looking ahead to Barcelona and seeing how the updates we've been working on help us move forward.'