Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said the team was disappointed not to reach Q2 for the first time in Sepang.
Heikki Kovalainen was half a second slower than Rubens Barrichello in Q1 – Barrichello was the last driver to reach Q2.
Gascoyne said: “A very, very good day for the team, however we are left feeling a little disappointed because we felt we had a real chance of getting into Q2.
“We had no problems on the cars at all today which meant we were able to show the true level of performance that we had seen in winter testing, and ultimately we were very close to Q2 on merit. The drivers did a great job and the whole team has worked very hard to turn everything around from yesterday, and from Melbourne.
“In Heikki?óÔé¼Ôäós last run he made a couple of small mistakes and we could have been even closer, but, looking at the positives, we are all looking forward to the race tomorrow. Tyre degradation will be very important here – it will be an interesting Sunday for the whole grid and at last we have a car with which we can go and take the fight to the midfield.”
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