Gastaldi adamant Lotus can revive fortunes

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."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 22 October 2017

  2. 19:20

    Follow the United States Grand Prix live!

    F1
  3. 19:00

    Starting grid for the United States GP

    F1
  4. 18:52

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Sunday in Austin

    F1
  5. Vandoorne gets additional 25-place drop 17:29

    Vandoorne gets additional 25-place drop

    Stoffel Vandoorne is set to incur an additional 25-place grid penalty for taking on new power unit components, after Honda…

    F1
  6. Pirelli expects two-stop United States GP 15:32

    Pirelli expects two-stop United States GP

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli believes a two-stop strategy will "theoretically" be the fastest approach in dry conditions at…

    F1
  7. Hartley confident over long-run potential 14:42

    Hartley confident over long-run potential

    Brendon Hartley says he is confident over his long-run performance as he prepares to make his Formula 1 debut at the United…

    F1
  8. Van der Mark gets Sepang Tech 3 call-up 14:12

    Van der Mark gets Sepang Tech 3 call-up

    World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark has been drafted in by Tech 3 for his MotoGP debut at next weekend's Malaysian Grand…

    MotoGP
  9. Alonso: First lap crucial in points push 13:14

    Alonso: First lap crucial in points push

    Fernando Alonso is wary that McLaren could be "exposed" on the opening lap of the United States Grand Prix due to its speed…

    F1
  10. Dovizioso left to lament 'big disappointment' 12:29

    Dovizioso left to lament 'big disappointment'

    Andrea Dovizioso described his Australian Grand Prix as a "big disappointment" as he lost substantial ground in the title race…

    MotoGP
  11. Renault debutant Sainz Jr. targets top six 11:32

    Renault debutant Sainz Jr. targets top six

    Carlos Sainz Jr. believes he can capture a strong points haul on his Renault debut at the United States Grand Prix, after…

    F1
  12. Rossi prepared to play changed 'game' 11:06

    Rossi prepared to play changed 'game'

    Valentino Rossi says MotoGP tactics have become "a bit more dangerous" but insists he is prepared to match his rivals, after a…

    MotoGP
  13. Video: Behind the scenes with Ferrari 10:22

    Video: Behind the scenes with Ferrari

    Take another look behind-the-scenes with Ferrari during the weekend's action at the Circuit of the Americas.

    F1
  14. Márquez: Australian GP 'like a Moto3 race' 09:42

    Márquez: Australian GP 'like a Moto3 race'

    Marc Márquez labelled the Australian Grand Prix as "like a Moto3 race" after he prevailed in a thrilling scrap for victory at…

    MotoGP
  15. 06:48

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday in Australia

    MotoGP
  16. 06:46

    In full: Australian Grand Prix results

    MotoGP
  17. Márquez triumphs in Australian GP thriller 06:44

    Márquez triumphs in Australian GP thriller

    Marc Márquez put himself on the brink of a fourth MotoGP title after prevailing in an epic Australian Grand Prix, which…

    MotoGP
  18. 05:30

    Starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix

    MotoGP
  19. Video: Rosberg vs Rosberg vs Rosberg 04:06

    Video: Rosberg vs Rosberg vs Rosberg

    Reigning Formula 1 World Champion turned vlogger and pundit Nico Rosberg displays his various personas in this advertisement…

    F1
  20. 02:31

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  21. 02:29

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Saturday in Austin

    F1
  22. Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing 02:27

    Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing

    Max Verstappen says he was "very angry" over his showing in the final phase of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix…

    F1
  23. Vettel hails turnaround after Friday issues 00:48

    Vettel hails turnaround after Friday issues

    Sebastian Vettel has heaped praise on Ferrari after significant car changes contributed to him claiming a front row start for…

    F1
  24. Stroll also hit with grid penalty for blocking 00:42

    Stroll also hit with grid penalty for blocking

    Lance Stroll has also been given a grid penalty of three places for the United States Grand Prix after blocking Romain Grosjean…

    F1
  25. Magnussen penalised for impeding Pérez 00:11

    Magnussen penalised for impeding Pérez

    Kevin Magnussen has been hit with a notional three-place grid drop for the United States Grand Prix after impeding Sergio Pérez…

    F1
  26. Saturday 21 October 2017

  27. Hamilton: Austin coronation 'highly unlikely' 23:59

    Hamilton: Austin coronation 'highly unlikely'

    Lewis Hamilton reckons it is "highly unlikely" that he will secure a fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix, given…

    F1
  28. 23:10

    In full: US Grand Prix qualifying results

    F1
  29. Hamilton claims pole, Vettel grabs second 23:02

    Hamilton claims pole, Vettel grabs second

    Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the United States Grand Prix, ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, building on a…

    F1
  30. 21:45

    Follow qualifying for the United States GP!

    F1
  31. Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing 20:40

    Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing

    Fernando Alonso has suggested that he would like to compete at next year's Daytona 24 Hours, having renewed with McLaren in…

    F1
  32. Video: 'In his shoes' at the US Grand Prix 19:28

    Video: 'In his shoes' at the US Grand Prix

    Take a look behind-the-scenes with Ferrari in the paddock and garage at the Circuit of the Americas, ahead of the United States…

    F1
  33. 18:03

    United States GP: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  34. Hamilton completes practice clean sweep 18:01

    Hamilton completes practice clean sweep

    Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton completed a practice clean sweep by topping FP3 for the United States Grand Prix…

    F1
  35. Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty 17:41

    Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen is set to receive a 15-place grid penalty after taking on new power unit components at the United…

    F1
  36. 16:45

    Follow final practice for the United States GP!

    F1
  37. Video: Texas Longhorns mascot visits F1 14:26

    Video: Texas Longhorns mascot visits F1

    Texas Longhorns Mascot Hook 'Em visits the Red Bull Racing garage ahead during the 2017 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit…

    F1
  38. Hartley encouraged by practice progress 13:12

    Hartley encouraged by practice progress

    Toro Rosso debutant Brendon Hartley believes he made substantial progress over the course of Friday's practice sessions in the…

    F1
  39. Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery 12:24

    Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery

    Marc Márquez insists he still has to be wary of title rival Andrea Dovizioso, despite the Ducati rider struggling for pace…

    MotoGP
  40. Video: Formula E's Rome demonstration 11:02

    Video: Formula E's Rome demonstration

    Watch as Lucas di Grassi, Sébastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Luca Filippi demonstrate Formula E machinery around the…

    FE
  41. Power steering biggest challenge - Leclerc 10:18

    Power steering biggest challenge - Leclerc

    Sauber tester Charles Leclerc says getting accustomed to Formula 1's power steering is the major challenge he faces compared to…

    F1
  42. Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion 09:38

    Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion

    Super Formula officials have cancelled Sunday's double-header finale at Suzuka due to the impending arrival of Typhoon Lan…

    SF
more news