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Mike Gascoyne Q&A: Tears? I just had grit in my eye 12 Mar 2010

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus T127.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus T127 and team mate Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus T127 in the pits.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010 Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Lotus F1 Racing Chief Technical Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus T127.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010

It seems seeing his car, and the iconic Lotus name, heading out on track for the first time at a Grand prix prompted the normally impassive Mike Gascoyne to come over all emotional in the pit lane on Friday morning. Lotus’s chief technical officer reveals his thoughts to Formula1.com as the Bahrain weekend gets underway...

Q: What does it mean to you to be running alongside all the other Formula One teams after just six months?
Mike Gascoyne:
You feel a great sense of achievement and pride in what the team has done. To bring a whole team alive from nothing in that space of time in modern Formula One. Also running with the Lotus name is something that anyone would be massively proud of.

Q: Some people mentioned they may have seen a little tear in your eye when the car exited the pits for the first practice session…
MG:
Ah, that must have been a little grit from the exhaust!

Q: You were first out on Friday morning, is that the way Lotus will run for the rest of the season?
MG:
I think it was just important that when the light went green at 10 o’clock for the first session of the season, we sent out a message that we are ready for racing. And that is very much the feeling in the whole team.

Q: You have finished the first practice day ahead of all the other new teams. Is that one of your long-term objectives?
MG:
You clearly get compared to your nearest rivals, and obviously ours are the other new teams. We want to be the best amongst them. We had three months less time to do it in than they did. We want to start as the best of the new teams, and once we start our full development programme - from Barcelona onwards - we want to cement that position.

Q: Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes arrived at the track on Friday afternoon. Will that boost the team’s mood?
MG:
It is important to have Tony and the other shareholders here, because they have put a lot of commitment, and their own money, on the line. They are sharing their trust in the whole team. And it’s great to see them here enjoying the fruits of the chance they took in trusting us with this project. We are very proud of them and the whole team wants to do a great job, as they deserve it.