Lotus hopes Canada was a one-off

Tuesday 11-June-2013 12:38

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."

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