Lotus still pushing for third in championship
23 October 2012 – Lotus are targeting third place in this year’s Constructors’ Championship, with McLaren now the target after the Woking team was overhauled by Ferrari in Korea. With four races remaining, the outfit formally known as Renault sits fourth overall and 29 points behind its desired position.
“I think, if we look at the last two or three races objectively, then we’ve had our difficulties but we’ve also seen a clear step forward in terms of performance with the new exhaust system in Korea,” says Team Principal Eric Boullier.
“The team did a brilliant job to bring such a significant upgrade to the race and make it work first time and there is still a lot more to come from this concept once we have had some more time to work with it. I think we should now be looking to push both cars into the top five in qualifying, which will give us a much better chance of bringing home some good points in the fight for third place.
“There’s no denying it will be difficult. Having said that, there are still four races left and four good opportunities to score points. The key will be to make sure we have good reliability from the E20 and our drivers, with both cars finishing solidly in the points every weekend.”
Last time out at Yeongam, both Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean finished in their starting positions – fifth and seventh, respectively.