'Plenty to be positive about at Lotus'

Sunday 31-August-2014 12:01

Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi maintains that there is 'plenty to look forward to' at the Enstone team despite their trying 2014 season.

In the previous two season, Lotus regularly finished races near the front of the grid and finished fourth in the Constructors' Championship as a result.

This season, though, Lotus have struggled to come to grips with the new engine and aerodynamics regulations and have amassed only eight points through Romain Grosjean.

As a result, they currently sit in eighth place on the Constructors' Championship standings with seven races left in the season.

Despite both its drivers - Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado - not finishing in Belgium last week, Gastaldi remains confident that better times are just around the corner.

"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," Gastaldi told reporters after last week's race at Spa.

"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."

Despite that statement of defiance, the Lotus boss admitted that next week's Italian Grand Prix at Monza is likely to be another struggle for them.

"We go there [to Monza] in a difficult position as we are not the fastest in a straight line," he added.

"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."

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