Romain Grosjean believes Lotus is 'on course' this season to do well and that the team just needs a 'normal race' to really show its potential.
Grosjean himself has had a difficult return, and while he has shined in qualifying, his races have been bitterly disappointing. Indeed he has only managed four laps so far on a Sunday afternoon and conceded recently that his season will start in China [see separate story - HERE
Despite that though he thinks the team is better placed this year than it was in 2011.
"We're definitely a step forwards [in the relative order than we were last year], we just need to be able to show this in a normal race," he commented. "We've seen that we are looking good in qualifying where we've been either the second or third fastest team which is very good.
"There are a few areas we need to improve in the race but we are definitely on course this season."
Grosjean meanwhile will take to the Shanghai International Circuit for the very first time next week and he is looking forward to the challenge, although his main priority will be to get to the chequered flag in the race.
"It will be my first time driving the circuit. I've been watching some onboard videos and it looks pretty nice," he continued. "I hope it will suit the E20. We have a new package which will hopefully be beneficial.
"I'm looking forward to discovering another new circuit. There are plenty of good, interesting corners by the looks of it. If we get a good result I'm sure it will become a track that I love."