Federico Gastaldi was not surprised to see Romain Grosjean on the podium at Spa as he always knew Lotus had the pace and package for podium results.
After a strong pre-season much was expected of Lotus and their Mercedes-powered E23.
But it wasn't until last Sunday's Belgian GP that the team finally delivered as Grosjean crossed the line in third place.
The Frenchman's 15 points pushed Lotus up to fifth place in the Constructors' Championship while he is ninth.
Speaking about the Spa result, Gastaldi, Lotus' deputy team principal, said: "I was very, very happy for the team but not amazed because I know that the team has the ability to always deliver such great results.
"We have great drivers and fantastic people here at Enstone. For me we are the best people in the paddock so I'm not surprised by the result and even though we currently face some challenges, we can still deliver strong cars.
"It was a great job by Romain and a great job by all at Enstone."
Gastaldi added that despite Lotus' current situation and their uncertain future, the team will continue to fight more results.
"We are facing challenges but we are a united team," he added. "We have shown many times that we are fighters and that we punch above our weight.
"We are now fifth in the Constructors' Championship and that makes me proud of everyone at Enstone. We want to continue to show our worth and fight on each and every lap these coming races."