Lotus confident of biggest step forward this year at Silverstone 22 June, 2013 Kimi Raikkonen with Alan Permane Lotus remain contenders for the 2013 Formula 1 world championship, particularly with Kimi Raikkonen, but two sub-standard results in the past two races have forced the Enstone squad to up its game, and according to trackside operations director Alan Permane, the team is confident of a big step-forward the British Grand Prix. Speaking ahead of the weekend at Silverstone, Permane explained: “We have a tighter, figure-hugging bodywork package which should give some benefit; especially if the weather is quite cool at Silverstone. There’s a new front wing, suspension profiles and suspension upgrades in addition to various other aero upgrades, which combine to give us what should be our biggest step forward of the year.” “This is a good thing, of course, but we’ll be running them in the context of all our rivals probably unveiling significant upgrade packs too. We conducted a couple of days of straight-line running after Canada with positive results and some of the fruits of this work should be seen in Silverstone,” revealed Permane. Raikkonen is also expecting the new bolt-ons to up the ante at a circuit where he won in 2007, “Silverstone is a more normal circuit and we’ve been okay at every other permanent circuit so far this year. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be back to the positions we should be with this package.” Romain Grosjean is also looking forward to a good showing at the team’s home race, “It’s a fantastic track with a lot of high speed corners which should suit the E21; especially with the upgrade package we have for it.” Lotus team principal Eric Boullier was also confident, “We have a very reasonable package to fit to the E21 for Silverstone – with a number of elements which should help with our performance – and we have plenty of other upgrades to come later in the season too.” (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.