Lotus Renault boss Eric Boullier is urging 'his' team not to get complacent as they head into the final three races of the year - and he is keen for them to 'maintain focus' and continue to 'look at the here and now'.
Although he admitted earlier this month that more of his time is now turning towards F1 2012 [see separate story - click here
], he has now backtracked somewhat and ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, stressed that he wants the Enstone-based operation to continue to push in the final phase of F1 2011.
“There will be increasing temptation to start looking to next season, and to contemplate what exciting times might lie ahead,” Boullier stated. “However, we have to maintain focus and look at the here and now.
“We won't allow ourselves an ounce of complacency from the team going into these final three races.
“We must ensure we have a good car to take with us to India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil; our pace has been satisfactory recently, we have some performance now but we must translate this performance into points. We will be disciplined in achieving that.”
India will be a new challenge for all the teams and Boullier believes it will be a good event. He will also want them to get points after another rather unsatisfactory result in Korea.
“I had mixed feelings coming away from Korea. If I look at the weekend as a whole, we showed good pace but did not capitalise on it,” he continued.
“It was disappointing for Bruno [Senna] not to qualify higher than he did and the result was a tough race.
“Vitaly [Petrov] had a healthy grid position and was looking good until his mistake cost him on lap 15. If he had carried on as he did during the first stint of the race - when he was on soft tyres - then we could have expected him to finish at least eighth or maybe seventh.
“Unfortunately it was not to be, but we'll now look ahead to an exciting venue - the Indian Grand Prix.
“With an Indian F1 team and an Indian driver in the sport, a race was always the next logical step. It is a big country; a promising, powerful nation that is at the forefront of a lot of global activity. India is also a country that loves its sport. It is definitely a good thing to have a F1 race in a new, emerging world economy, and for this sport to consider itself global it is important to bring the show to new territories.
“Taking F1 to India is a positive step for both the sport and the country. I'm thoroughly looking forward to taking the team racing there.
“We, the team principals, have been updated regularly about the facilities by [F1 boss] Bernie [Ecclestone] himself. It is always difficult to judge by pictures alone, but it appears to be a very promising facility with a strong, suitable infrastructure and I'm sure we will have a great event there.
“I, for one, am excited about it as it will be deviating from the F1 norm, and I've little doubt it will be a great experience all round. Let's hope we can take a good result from the weekend too.”