Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne believes the team will be able to challenge for points after the next race in Turkey.
In a video on the team’s YouTube channel he said: “If we look at scoring points, really we have to look at Barcelona onwards. I think the updates to the car are going to be very significant.”
The team’s best finish so far this year is Jarno Trulli’s 13th place in Melbourne. Lotus are bringing a major update to their car at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Gascoyne also said the team are close to colving their tyre warm-up problems that has harmed them in cool temperatures: “I think in general we’re reasonably pleased. Four out of six finishes in races, showed good pace in races, China especially. Qualified very well in Malaysia, very close to the teams in front.
“I think the one negative is we’ve suffered a little bit in qualifying on one-lap pace, especially in cooler conditions. But I think that’s something we’re getting on top of and I think coming up to the next few races won’t be a problem.”
The team are conducting a straight-line aerodynamic test with their car at Duxford tomorrow, where they will also make an announcement about the future of the team.
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