Eric Boullier believes Lotus are in for a strong second half of the Championship as the team ended the first in the battle at the front.
2013 has been a great season for Lotus, who have lead driver Kimi Raikkonen firmly in the race for the World title.
Although the Finn has just one race win to his name, the Australian GP, the consistency that has seen him score in every grand prix has put him second in the standings.
And team boss Boullier expects there is no reason why Lotus won't continue that form in the run in to Brazil.
"I think we will see most of the teams - with the exception maybe of Red Bull - slowing right down in their development of this year's cars in preparation for the challenge of 2014," Boullier said.
"With this in mind I think we are in a very strong position for the second half of the season, as our car is currently competing at the very front of the pack.
"We also have a strong upgrade package for Spa which will most likely form our baseline for the remainder of the year, so our aim should be to continue fighting for podiums right to the end."
As for the Championship, Boullier reckons his team could take second, seeing off the challenges from Mercedes and Ferrari.
"The Championship is so close between ourselves, Ferrari and Mercedes at the moment that we really need to be aiming a little higher to make sure our goals are reached.
"I think therefore that to target P2 is a better ambition, and we will be pushing harder than ever to sustain that challenge.
"We have an ambitious group of people at Enstone and a top three placing at the end of the year is very much possible, which would be a fantastic achievement for everybody involved. We head into the next nine races on a real high."
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