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Permane: Lotus clearly quicker than Ferrari and Mercedes

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Lotus F1 boosts their performance in last two race and earns valuable 58 points. Currently the Enstone-based squad stands on fourth, 23 points behind Mercedes and 33 with Ferrari.

Lotus head of trackside operations Alan Permane hardly believes that upcoming track will suit for characteristics Lotus E21 machine.

“The gap was 60-odd points and now it is 30-odd points, which is massive in two races,” Alan Permane told Autosport.

“The rest of the circuits are very similar to Korea and Japan – the same sort of downforce level. We also have medium and soft tyres for the next few races, which we love and will be great for us. We know we can race well on that medium tyre, and no one is going to be improving their car.

“We are clearly quicker than Ferrari in qualifying and the race, although they have got Fernando [Alonso], who is their secret weapon. But if he is qualifying back in eighth then even he is going to struggle from there.

“And Mercedes, we are similar in pace in qualifying, maybe a bit slower than them, but I think we can race quicker than them. There is still a long way to go and a lot to do in four races, but we are doing what we can. I think we can pick one of them off and we will try to get both of them.”

Lotus F1 team Principal Eric Boullier upbeat the chances of second place for this year constructors championship, and they are very hopeful remaining races is suit for their current form.

“I think it is more they are sniffing us. The pressure is on them [Ferrari and Mercedes], not us. Boullier told Autosport.

“We are 23 points behind Mercedes and 33 with Ferrari. It is a bit ambitious maybe, but if we can keep going like this then we can close on second place, yes.”

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