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Q&A - Eric Boullier, Lotus

Eric Boullier looks ahead to the 2012 season finale in Brazil
Q:
What would you like to achieve in Brazil to round off the year?

Eric Boullier:
We obviously want to do our best without detracting from the nice championship battle between Fernando [Alonso] and Sebastian [Vettel]. If we can be solidly in the points and ideally fighting for a podium it would be nice. Although there is nothing left to play for in terms of the Constructors' Championship for us, Kimi is still in a tight battle for P3 in the Drivers' standings so we'll be going all out to make sure he keeps that spot. We'll be aiming to end the season on a high and carry that momentum through the winter break.

Q:
How do you think the team performed last time out?

Eric Boullier:
The result in Austin wasn't as good as Abu Dhabi obviously, but with both cars in the points we were quite satisfied. The first part of the race created some expectations that we could have been in a position to fight for a better result, however the race didn't play out that way. We had a small problem in Kimi's pit stop and lost time there. Romain made a mistake behind Nico Hulkenberg and lost the opportunity to do a better job, but he had a very strong race from there and came back well. In the end, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari were faster and there wasn't anything we could do. It's good to gain some points, plus we know we have better performance still to come from the car and the ability to achieve stronger results, so we're looking forward to Brazil.

Q:
Would you judge the sports' return to the USA as successful?

Eric Boullier:
I think it was a great race and a great event; there were many fans in attendance and a lot of people watching around the world. The circuit also produced some good racing with a lot of overtaking; much of it involving our drivers in fact! I think it's definitely a huge success for America's comeback to Formula 1 in a country which is an important market for the sport commercially. We're already looking forward to returning next year.

Q:
Brazil has always been a favourite too?

Eric Boullier:
If you look over the years we have seen some fantastic races at Interlagos and the fans are always very enthusiastic. The circuit is unique and it seems to always deliver something special. We hope to be able to offer something to all the team's fans to end the season on high.

Q:
It's been a long year; Abu Dhabi was a highlight obviously, but which aspects stand out in your mind?

Eric Boullier:
The win in Abu Dhabi is obviously a highlight. Then I would say the fact that the team has done such a good job with the car and we have been able to race consistently in the points; scoring a lot of podiums and having Kimi back and on top form. He's done a great job this year and I'm sure he's going to be a very strong contender again in 2013. If we can keep Kimi as consistent and strong as he has been this season and start the year off as well as we're ending it I think it will be a whole new story. Romain too has shown that he has the pace to run with the very best in the sport. He still has a few areas which need to be polished, but it's also been a fantastic return for him.

Q:
How much more is there to come from the team?

Eric Boullier:
It's not only on track that we have been making good progress, behind the scenes too there are many positives which are encouraging and intensifying our efforts. Keep watching us; there's better to come.




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