Lotus hopeful of 'good step' at Hockenheim
11 July 2014 – Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester is hopeful that the team will be able to make a sizeable step in the right direction at the upcoming German Grand Prix, with an array of upgrades being applied to the E22.
The outfit has failed to add to its points tally at the past three races, meaning Romain Grosjean's eighth place finishes – achieved in Spain and Monaco – are all that it has to show for its efforts so far this season.
But Chester reckons Lotus has reason to feel optimistic ahead of next weekend's Hockenheim event.
"Our development schedule is continuing at full pace," Chester explained. "We will have a new front wing, which is a decent improvement, a cooling upgrade and some smaller bodywork updates to increase downforce.
"Between what we learnt in the Silverstone test and these upgrades, we hope to make a good step forward."
Grosjean says he is expecting the circuit to test the team's progress since the season-opener in Australia.
"We've worked hard to improve performance in the low-speed corners, so Hockenheim will be a good test of how much we've progressed," commented the Frenchman, contesting his third season with the squad.
Lotus sits eighth in the standings on eight points, six ahead of Marussia and seven adrift of Toro Rosso.