Lotus confirms 'plenty' of new parts on way
10 July 2013 – Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane has said the Enstone-based outfit will have ‘plenty’ of ‘interesting new parts’ to test at Silverstone next week.
Lotus took a 2-3 finish at the German Grand Prix last weekend, with Kimi Raikkonen challenging Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages and eventually finishing just one second back.
The squad will now be out to maintain that form after a disappointing few races in Britain, Canada and Monaco.
“We’re very happy to be back on the podium again after a short spell of somewhat bleak races,” Permane told Lotus’ official team website. “Both cars ran faultlessly from start to finish and for a good portion of the race it did look like we would be able to take the fight to Sebastian, but ultimately we didn’t quite manage it.
“The win may have eluded us, but to have both drivers pick up silverware and also outscore our rivals in the Constructor’s Championship means we can’t be too disappointed.”
“We’ve now got the Silverstone test to prepare for – with plenty of interesting new parts on the way for assessment – so there’s actually not much in the way of rest before we head to Hungary,” he added, “but we’ll be looking to head into the shutdown on the back of another good result to give everyone a satisfying and well-earned break.”
As for what cost Raikkonen the win at the Nürburgring, Permane felt the time lost early on was crucial.
“The damage was done when Kimi was held up by Lewis after his first pit stop [on lap 8], but he came back fighting at the end of the race to finish a very close second with a little help from the safety car. We did consider running him on a two-stop strategy, but it would have meant an incredibly long final stint and ultimately represented a sizeable risk, as we could see the tyre performance dropping.
“The path we chose guaranteed second place with the possibility of a late charge for the win, while the alternative – despite also offering the potential for victory – would have very likely resulted in the tyres falling off a cliff and dropping Kimi behind Fernando [Alonso].
“To be honest we did expect slightly more performance from his final set of soft tyres, but he was right with Sebastian at the end so I think the right call was made,” Permane concluded.