August 29th, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi says they will not turn their full attention to the 2015 car yet as they are still trying to extract more from the E22.
Gastaldi says that while they are working on their 2015 challenger they have enough resources to work on both cars at the same time.
“We stated that for the second half we will strive to make the most of the E22 and to add to the points tally right up until Abu Dhabi in November,” Gastaldi said.
“The team is fully focused on ensuring that we get some reward from 2014 which has been challenging for many reasons.
“Naturally in F1 you are always thinking ahead and we have already started on the 2015 project but we have the resources to do both concurrently. There is plenty to look forward to for the short and long term at Enstone.”
2014 has been a difficult season for Lotus so far. They are currently eighth in the constructors’ championship with eight points.
Looking ahead to the Italian Grand Prix both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are predicting a tough weekend for Lotus.
“I think that it will be tough for us. On paper it is not one of the races that we should do that well at. But as always we will be fighting hard and trying to get the maximum from the weekend,” said Grosjean.
“We will have a one-off rear wing for Monza and the key will be to make the car as quick as possible from an aero point of view, so that we can get back some of the performance from our straight-line speed disadvantage.
“Then we have to manage the tyre degradation. Also for us it will be tricky in the big corners like the Lesmos and the Ascari chicane because the less downforce you have then the more difficult it is to get good grip in the turns.”
Maldonado echoed Grosjean’s comments and said he was looking forward to driving around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in the 2014 cars.
“For sure it is going to be a tough weekend again for us at Lotus F1 Team. Monza is all about power combined with a low downforce set-up so it is a big challenge,” Maldonado said.
“I think it will be interesting to see the new 2014-spec cars here because the track is so unique and there is a very particular way to get the best out of the cars.”
The team didn't have a successful race last time out in Belgium with both cars retiring. Maldonado retired with an exhaust issue while Grosjean suffered aero imbalance caused by an issue with the rear-wing mounting.