Lotus still with 'plenty of fight'
10 September 2013 – Lotus will bounce back in Singapore and will head into the final flyaway races with 'plenty of fight', team principal, Eric Boullier has insisted.
The Enstone-based outfit had another disappointing weekend in Italy and for the second race in succession left having scored just four points.
As a result the squad is now a relatively distant fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, 54 points off third place, where as the deficit had been just 11 points after Hungary and prior to the trip to Spa-Francorchamps.
Despite that though, and despite seeing Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen only finish eighth and eleventh respectively, Boullier added there were positives to take from Monza, even if the points tally wasn’t one of them.
“The results at the end of the race aren’t rewarding for the team, but there are plenty of positives to take from the final European race of the season and we head to the final flyaway races with plenty of fight,” Boullier stated.
Asked what the positives were, Boullier added: “The positive from this weekend is that we showed fantastic race pace and both drivers drove exceptionally well.
“Romain withstood great pressure and performed great overtaking moves on both McLarens. Kimi fought back from a first lap incident in a superb display of his talents.”
“The negative from this weekend though is that we couldn’t qualify where we needed to be. If you want to be competitive you need to be able to fight every weekend at the front on Saturday as well as on Sunday,” he emphasised.
Lotus trackside operation director, Alan Permane agreed that the failure to make it through to the top-ten shootout cost them dear.
“Our damage was done Saturday by our poor qualifying positions. We actually had good race pace today and if you compare Kimi and Sebastian Vettel’s races, after Kimi’s first stop we only lost a second to Seb and we gained four seconds on Fernando [Alonso]. Seb won the race and Fernando finished second, so that gives an illustration of what could have been,” Permane pointed out.