Lotus insist struggling E22 has 'huge potential'

Lotus F1 Team, LAT

22 March 2014 by TF1T Staff

Lotus are confident that when they've ironed out the E22's problems, it will be a front-running car capable of fighting at the top.

It hasn't yet shown much potential after qualifying in 21st and 22nd in Melbourne and then suffering a double-retirement during the race, but Lotus blame that on a lack of running, not a badly designed chassis.

"We know that there is good potential with the E22 and we need to get the whole package operating properly," said technical director Nick Chester.

"From what we have seen on the chassis in terms of measurements, particularly on the aero side, it still looks very strong," he explained. "There is nothing fundamental on the car that will stop it being competitive."

"There are clear, identifiable areas where we can find big chunks of time. Once we have more mileage under our belt and worked on the balance of the car then the drivers will feel more comfortable and we will make good progress."

Romain Grosjean admitted they're not where they want to be, but he too believes the car has the potential to win races.

"It will not be easy for anyone," he said. "We have seen some of the favourites going out or having problems and others that we were not expecting to be up there make an impression.

"It's a bit unpredictable at the moment and not easy to know where everyone stands. I think Mercedes is looking good, as is McLaren. Our task is to get up there and amongst them.

"There is no reason why we won’t get on top of this car soon and exploit the huge potential of the E22."