Jarno Trulli says Lotus are narrowing the gap to the teams in front of them.
Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Indian Grand Prix weekend Trulli said: “If you look at certain results we don’t really need that jump.
“We just need a little further step as we are in a situation that the car in front is slightly quicker than us and the car behind us are definitely slower than us so we just need a further step to be in the midfield.
“Obviously If you want to think about winning races it is different. You need a further jump but you need to take things step-by-step. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the team was built just two years ago.”
Trulli was substituted for Karun Chandhok at the German Grand Prix and the Indian driver was thought likely to get another run in his home race.
But Chandhok will only drive in the first session. Trulli explained the reason for the decision: “I believe the team is trying to get the best position for the team’s future.
“There is a lot of investment made by the team for the future, for next year, in order to make this step into the midfield and I think none of us wants to lose this opportunity to finish tenth in the championship.
“This, I believe, is the main reason for not giving Karun another chance. But it is not down to me, honestly, to talk about it. This race is the only thing I can think about.”
2011 Indian Grand Prix
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