Gastaldi: Lotus E22 is a great car waiting to come out
5 May 2014 – Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi maintains that the E22 can be a 'great car' once the team can exploit its potential.
Lotus has yet to score a point in 2014 with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado struggling with the unpredictability of the E22.
But improvements moved Lotus up the grid in China and Gastaldi reckons progress can be made once again in Spain this weekend.
"We certainly have made tremendous gains in absolute and relative terms since we started the year," he said. "Definitely, we had the most gains to make, but we still look to be very much on an upward trajectory."
"It's still early in the year and we are determined to achieve good results in 2014. Of course, even last year we started looking at the 2015 car and we always look far in advance. All the signs are still that the E22 is a great car wanting to come out, and we're pushing progress and development so that everyone will see this."
Gastaldi joked that Lotus won't be happy until they are winning races but nonetheless thinks that the Enstone based team still has a lot to 'shout about'.
"We won't be satisfied until we are on the top step of the podium! We are all racers and that is what we all want," he said. "Even then, not everyone will be satisfied, as you can only ever have one person on that top step! Certainly, seeing improvement is always a positive and our outlook is good. When you look at how our pace – particularly our race pace – has improved relative to our rivals, there is a lot to shout about."