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2012 German GP preview – Lotus

Another strong race at Silverstone, but Lotus F1 Team has yet to get the win monkey off its back. Team Principal Eric Boullier explains how the team will not be distracted as it remains focused on its long term goals

Eric, what’s your assessment of the British Grand Prix?

Our cars set the two best laps of the race, both our drivers scored points and we kept third position in the Constructors’ Championship… but we were expecting more. Apart from the difficult weather conditions, which were the same for everybody, part of the problem was once again our starting positions. We’ve got the pace to win a race, but the wrong slot on the grid!

How have the Enstone staff members reacted to the team’s performance at mid-season?

Being third when reaching the halfway point of the season shows that we’re not there by chance. With the E20, the team has demonstrated that it can bounce back after difficult times. I remember looking at the model in the wind tunnel with James Allison last winter. James and I were talking about the aerodynamic gains and mechanical choices made, about the strange look of the nose, about the encouraging figures recorded at that time. We were cautiously optimistic then, but our worst nightmare was always the same; that we would arrive in Jerez for the first winter test session, and everybody would have thought about something we forgot. Fortunately, it did not happen.

Although the team has made a big step recently, it is not a world title contender yet…

This situation is healthy. It shows that we are in control of our progress rate. Consistency seems very often to be the key in Formula 1. Once you’ve allocated yourself mid-term and long-term targets, you should focus on them and not let anything change your strategy. When Genii Capital arrived in Enstone, they immediately understood that fighting for the title within two years would be an impossible goal. They have taken it step by step. A lot of departments were re-structured, some processes were re-assessed, investments were made in key-areas and a new organisation was set-up. It took time, but it had to be done. We can now build on solid ground.

What would be a reasonable target for Hockenheim?

That’s a difficult one. Winning could be seen as a reasonable target considering our recent level of performance. This said, a podium could also be a fair goal to envisage. I think we should concentrate on the operational side of things and make sure that our preparations are perfect. Our car has not been the most reliable since Montreal, with KERS, differential, alternator and gearbox issues. We’re doing our best to fix this situation. At Silverstone we dramatically improved our pit stops thanks to new procedures and new parts. In Hockenheim, some interesting development parts will appear on Friday. We’re pushing, you see. We leave no stone unturned and want to have a much better second half of the championship.


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