Lotus F1 pleased with Kimi Räikkönen’s victory in Australian Grand Prix. But their team principal Eric Boullier not claim season opening race top podium will not assurance title bid for the duration of the 2013 season.
Eric Boullier says during Q&A with Formula1.com, Lotus F1 Team is truly a top team now and also we clearly stated that we wanted to be one of the top teams this year.
Q: Let’s start with Melbourne – first race, first win. Did you think the team could do it?
Eric Boullier: After Kimi’s start I was secretly hoping that we could be on a podium, but then during the second stint – where we saw the other teams pitting for the second time – showing that they were on a three stop strategy, then I thought ‘yes we can do it’.
We had decided on a two-stop strategy before the race, even for Romain. Unfortunately, when he got stuck in traffic he changed strategy otherwise we could have had a strong result from both cars.
Q: Do you feel the win in Melbourne makes Lotus title contenders for the 2013 season?
EB: We’re just one race in. We clearly stated that we wanted to be one of the top teams this year, and starting the season like this means that we should be able to fight to reach our target, which is finishing third in the constructors’ championship.
I think Lotus F1 Team is truly a top team now. If we can be in the position where we can compete for wins, then that is where we wanted to be. From what we’ve achieved in the first race we can build on that nice momentum to one day become World champions again.
Q: What’s the plan for Sepang?
EB: We have some new developments, which is good news, and the hot temperature should help us to do an even better job.