'Lotus will win, maybe in Spa' - Hamilton

Lotus F1 Team, LAT Photographic

7 August 2012 by Ryan Wood

Lewis Hamilton is under no illusions that Lotus, as of the last race, now have the quickest car in race trim.

The McLaren driver doesn't doubt for a second that Lotus will finish the 2012 season without having won a grand prix, and says they have a good chance of winning in Belgium when the F1 circus comes out of hibernation.

Both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean have come close to winning this year, but as of yet they haven't had the perfect weekend, something Hamilton is aware of.

"We were quick but if both Lotuses had qualified on the front row, they would have won," said the 27-year-old.

He's hoping McLaren can introduce further upgrades in an effort to pull ahead of Lotus who are set to debut their double-DRS at the next race.

"It would be nice to have a comfortable race where we stay ahead and me and Jenson can get a one-two," he added. "But that's only going to come from more performance in the car and that's what we've got to work towards.

"I really hope we have another upgrade in Spa. I'm going to be pushing for it because Lotus, I believe, are coming with an upgrade then. I've no doubt that Lotus will win at some stage, if not in Spa, so we have to make sure that we make a step as well as they do."