Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Lotus hopes Canada was a one-off

Tuesday 11th June 2013

Share:

Lotus hopes Canada was a one-off

Lotus hopes Canada was a one-off

The Lotus team is confident that its cars will be back on the pace at Silverstone after it struggled during this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

Lead driver Kimi Raikkonen was lapped title rival and eventual race winner Sebastian Vettel en route to a ninth place finish, although the Finn seemed to struggle during practice and qualifying.

Nevertheless, team principal Eric Boullier is certain that the results at the British Grand Prix will be dramatically different because Silverstone suits the Lotus more.

"This is a very specific track, and with our car we could just not switch the tyres on," Boullier told AUTOSPORT.

"It does not help as well when it is cold and it is wet.

"Our pace was not so bad with Romain [Grosjean] in practice but, if you look at the race, we were 1.5 seconds slower than Red Bull and Mercedes.

"You do not lose 1.5 seconds from one race to another one. It is just that something went wrong.

"We have some good developments coming for Silverstone, so that should help us keep up and close the gap to the leader.

"And with normal tracks we should be able to get the best out of our car."

Boullier continued by dismissing claims that the car's recent downturn in results are because they aren't developing the car as quickly as some of the other teams.

"We lost positions, so we have to work hard to keep the pace," he said.

"But we know the car is competitive, and the team is competitive.

"There is no reason why we should not be back fighting for podiums.

"We didn't have the five podiums in a row since the start of the season just by chance or coincidence. It is because the package is competitive.

"But we may struggle some time on some tracks. We know this and we have to work on this to at least avoid this happening this season at low energy tracks - and next year as well."

Keeping Cool In Abu Dhabi

Editor's Picks

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Lewis, his family and Mercedes all celebrated the Brit's 2014 Drivers' Championship success in Abu Dhabi...

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton finally achieved the points difference that all his 2014 performances have justified...

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The Championships both went to Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton securing the drivers. But who finished P6? Find out...

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...