Lotus are enduring a below par season thanks to the foibles of their problematic E22 which has frustrated their ambitions, and seriously hampered drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, but the team arrives for their home race at Silverstone confident that they will perform better;
Speaking ahead of the British GP, Technical Director Nick Chester said, “Obviously Silverstone is a very different track to Austria, with many more high-speed corners that will suit our car better. We’ve also got a few updates, including a front wing and floor, some different combinations of aerodynamic parts to try and some new set-up concepts to explore.”
“It’s a home race for the team so we’d like nothing more than to put on a good show in front of our factory staff and all the loyal fans in the grandstands,” he added.
On the matter of the E22’s problems and how they are being tackled, Chester revealed, “We have done a lot of work on the rig and mechanically the car is performing well and comparably to our recent cars. Now we are paying more attention to other areas such as aerodynamics and tyres. It’s a case of narrowing it down and hopefully making significant improvements along the way.”
Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi is also optimistic heading to Silverstone for round nine of the F1 World Championship, “Silverstone is not too dissimilar to Barcelona in that it is a technical circuit, albeit quicker in nature. The momentum we got from the Spanish Grand Prix and the test afterwards was forgotten slightly after the tough three races since then.”
“But we know that at a track like Silverstone we should be able to see similar performance and exploit the capabilities of the E22 and the powertrain package with the help of Renault Sport F1,” said Gastaldi. (GP247)