Gastaldi adamant Lotus can revive fortunes
31 August 2014 – Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi is adamant that there is 'plenty to look forward to' at Lotus, despite the squad enduring a challenging 2014 season.
Lotus was a regular frontrunner in 2012 and 2013 as it finished in fourth in the Constructors' championship, but this season the outfit has endured a difficult time and has amassed only eight points, all courtesy of Romain Grosjean, to sit in eighth place in the championship.
Gastaldi denies that a problematic weekend in Belgium, in which neither Grosjean nor Pastor Maldonado made the finish, has altered Lotus's targets for the remainder of the year and insists that the team can revive their ailing fortunes.
"No, we stated that for the second half we will strive to make the most of the E22 and to add to the points tally right up until Abu Dhabi in November," he said.
"The team is fully focused on ensuring that we get some reward from 2014 which has been challenging for many reasons. Naturally in F1 you are always thinking ahead and we have already started on the 2015 project but we have the resources to do both concurrently.
"There is plenty to look forward to for the short and long term at Enstone."
Gastaldi nonetheless concedes that Lotus could struggle in next weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, although he is optimistic that races which follow should suit the E22.
"We go there [to Monza] in a difficult position as we are not the fastest in a straight line," he said. "But we will push to the maximum, matching the passion and spirit we see off the track from the fans, with our usual determination on it. We have to dig in and make sure we are in the best position possible for when our luck changes.
"Singapore should be better for us as the power disadvantage will not be so pronounced. Sochi will be a big unknown for everybody and Suzuka, although having some long straights, also rewards a good set-up and good aero."