Lotus plays down championship challenge

Lotus F1 Team, LAT Photographic

18 March 2013 by TF1T Staff

Lotus isn't ruling out a championship challenge after its Australian victory, but team principal Eric Boullier has played down their chances.

When asked if they would definitely fight for the title at the end of the season, the Frenchman replied: "No. The only thing that I am focusing on is what we have clearly stated, we want to be a top team.

"Starting the season like this means we will fight with everything for the championship, but it is too early to say anything other than Lotus is a top team now."

Boullier says they must continue to build on their good form and maybe then, they will be able to confidently fight for both titles.

"If every year we are putting ourselves in a situation where we can compete for wins, then you can build up from the nice momentum to maybe be champion again," he added.