Bruno Senna is hopeful Lotus Renault GP will be back on the pace next weekend in Japan and able to get both cars in the points.
Senna and team-mate Vitaly Petrov both struggled in Singapore and in the end finished way down the order in 15th and 17th respectively. It was a truly dismal showing from the Enstone-based operation and one team principal Eric Boullier labelled 'embarrassing'.
However with some updates planned for the 15th round in the F1 2011 World Championship next weekend, Bruno believes they can bounce back.
“Suzuka is one of my favourite circuits. The blend of high and mid speed corners makes it a very stimulating track. It's one of the classics that has changed very little since the start. I'm really looking forward to driving there, and I'm confident that I can put my name back on the points' board for the team,” Senna said.
“The low-speed nature of Singapore made it the worst circuit for us in terms of performance. That hurt us a little bit, but with the updates we have planned for Suzuka we should be strong there, and hopefully will be able to get both cars in the points again – that's where we belong.”
As for how he is feeling now, three races on from being drafted in to replace Nick Heidfeld, Senna said that he is feeling more and more at home. Indeed he added that for him personally, Singapore was actually 'quite a positive weekend'.
“In this latest stage of my learning curve, I managed to cut out any mistakes, which is positive,” he explained. “I had a very full programme working with engineers, and the work I'm doing with them is getting better and better.
“Despite the Marina Bay Circuit not being a track where the R31 is naturally at ease, I was still able to notice an improvement in my relationship with the car, and I feel there is a discernible direction in which we are going. I'm becoming more ingratiated with the team and with the car, which gives me comfort as I look forward to the next race.”
Asked about his targets for the final five races, Senna noted he just wants to get as many top-ten finishes as possible and ensure the team remain fifth in the Constructors'.
“My main objective is to add more points to my name. If we can still add to the car a little bit here and there, that will help. We need to stay ahead of the teams behind us, in particular Force India.
“If we can close the gap to Mercedes GP in fourth, that would be a real boost for the team but primarily we must hold on to fifth position and keep the opposition at bay,” he concluded.