'There's more to come from Lotus' – Boullier
24 April 2012 – Lotus F1 boss Eric Boullier has sent out a clear warning to his Formula 1 rivals ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix next month, explaining that 'there is more to come' from his team following a deserved double podium finish in Sakhir last weekend.
After a troubled start to the season, which featured two early retirements for Romain Grosjean and lowly grid positions for F1 returnee Kimi Räikkönen, the FOTA Vice Chairman was delighted to see his team's persistent efforts finally pay off.
"It was a great team performance and I’m delighted for everyone involved, both within the race team and back at Enstone," Boullier commented. "I wouldn’t pick out a single factor; it’s more the culmination of a few small details where perhaps we haven’t got things quite right in the first three races, which was incredibly frustrating, but we managed to put them right at the weekend.
"Everything ran very smoothly with no major glitches, and with a bit of a strategy gamble that eventually paid off."
Boullier went on to hail a 'fantastic all-round performance' by his squad on Sunday afternoon, after a somewhat difficult qualifying session 24 hours prior to the race:
"While qualifying was not perfect, everything in the race was very good," he said. "The car itself obviously, the pit stops, which the crew had put hours of work into making more competitive, our strategy, which may have looked like a risk on the surface but which played out just as we’d hoped, and of course the drivers who drove flawlessly.
"It was a fantastic all-round performance, and there’s more to come, I’m sure."
Also on Tuesday:
D'Ambrosio to get Lotus test outing at Mugello