Lotus look to build momentum


With two top ten finishes in the recent Canadian Grand Prix, Lotus will be pushing to close the gap on Red Bull in Austria. 

Federico Gastaldi, the deputy team principal, believes they must take advantage of their recent showing and begin to build momentum. 

"The Canadian Grand Prix was a reasonable result for us. The car looked pretty strong all weekend and both drivers were happy and able to push. We were able to fight in the top ten which is what we all want."

Gastaldi was particularly bullish about the Lotus teams approach for the weekend. 

"Get out there and score as many points as we can! We’ll do this by going as fast as we can to reach the chequered flag before as many as our rivals as possible! Sounds simple, but of course that’s what everyone is trying to do."

He believes the team stand an excellent chance of putting together another improved showing at the Red Bull Ring.

"Looking at the circuit and talking to our drivers and engineers it’s a place that could suit us so we’re feeling quite positive heading there, especially after the E23 showed pretty well in Canada," he said.

Lotus, currently in fifth in the constructors standings with 23 points, are only 21 points behind Red Bull. Despite the obvious advantage Red Bull have over Lotus in terms of resources, Gastaldi feels his team can claw their way closer to their rivals in their quest for fourth spot. 

"It’s true that most of our rivals ahead of us do have greater resources, but part of the Enstone spirit is being the underdog and prevailing against bigger enemies. We know that Red Bull are ahead of us in the points and will be throwing all their resources at developing their car. We also know we’ll be doing everything we can to catch and beat them."