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Finishing in the top five of the Constructors’ Championship is now the sole aim for Eric Boullier, Team Principal of Lotus Renault GP, prior to the team’s image change for 2012. Currently known as ‘Renault’, the black and gold cars will soon undergo a chassis name change to ‘Lotus’ for next season onwards.
Having held fourth place until the British Grand Prix in July, Renault dropped back behind Mercedes GP and has since experienced an outside threat from Force India; however, the Silverstone squad is now 21 points behind the Enstone outfit with just a pair of 2011 races remaining in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
“For a few races now it has been clear that our pace is better than these (midfield) competitors,” says Frenchman and Team Principal Boullier. “At times we have even matched the competitiveness of Mercedes. We know where we are in terms of pace, which is between fourth and fifth place on the grid, and we just want to ensure we get to the end of the race weekend with some points to our name.
“That alone will solidify our position as the fifth best team on this year’s grid. It is our only target now that we get our car up amongst the points and show people that this team is ready to launch its assault on next year’s championship. For now, it’s heads down and all eyes focussed on giving this team a result to be proud of in the UAE.”
Finishing fifth would match the team’s final position of last year, having suffered a torrid season to fall down to eighth in 2009.
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