Lotus seeking improvement to pit-stops
27 March 2013 – Lotus is aiming to recover from a below par pit lane performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Race Team Manager Paul Seaby admitting that his crew 'struggled to string good stops together' throughout a race that yielded both wet and dry conditions.
With a break of almost three weeks until the next race in China, the pit crew will reconvene at the team's Enstone factory to complete extensive pit-stop practice.
"For some reason as a team we lost our mojo a little over the Malaysia weekend," Seaby said of the situation. "On Friday our practice stops were as good as they ever have been, but from Saturday onwards we were struggling to string good stops together. The switch from wet to dry weather conditions and subsequent front wing flap adjustments didn’t help, but even taking that into consideration it still wasn’t our best weekend.
"We have to take that on the chin, put everyone through their paces with some more practice at Enstone, and work hard to get back to where we deserve to be. Similar to a football team; when we are good praise is due, and when we aren’t we need to face up to that as a unit, work hard together and get ourselves back on song."
Aside from pit-stop gains, Seaby is eager to eradicate the disparity in car upgrades at Lotus, with Kimi Räikkönen recently getting priority over team-mate Romain Grosjean.
"One of the main objectives is to make sure both drivers have the latest parts available," added Seaby, who joined the outfit under its Benetton guise in 1992. "Romain was running without the latest spec exhaust system and related bodywork in Malaysia, and there will be further additions to come for both cars on top of that."
Lotus sits second in the Constructors' standings after the opening two rounds on 40 points. Red Bull, chasing its fourth consecutive title, holds a 26 point advantage.