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Boullier: We've shrugged off worse
3 June 2012
Lotus boss Eric Boullier is convinced the Enstone-based operation can do better in Canada next weekend and that the blip in Monaco was just a one-off.
Lotus had headed to the Principality as one of the favourites, but in the end it all went rather pear shaped, with Romain Grosjean getting knocked out right at the start, while Kimi Raikkonen struggled in the sister car and eventually finished ninth.
“We will approach the Canadian Grand Prix as any other. We have a car which has shown good pace all season and two drivers who have both shown they can deliver podium performances in this highly competitive season. Yes, we are coming off the back of a disappointing weekend in Monaco, but we've shrugged off worse setbacks than that,” Boullier said ahead of the seventh round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.
“Put simply, we didn't achieve the results we wanted, or the results it looked like should have had in Monaco. It's difficult to achieve a good result if one car doesn't make it to the first corner, and that's what happened to Romain. It was a racing incident, but that doesn't make it any easier for us to stomach as it was clear he had good pace all weekend.
“Kimi never quite got everything hooked up, and in the race he was unable to push as he struggled for grip. We can't get too hung up on this: it was one weekend in twenty. Hopefully we deliver better in the remaining 14 races.”
Pressed on if the squad might win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Boullier added it is definitely a possibility and he expects the E20 to be 'strong' there.
“This season has been interesting as no-one has been able to dominate, in either the drivers' or constructors' championships,” he continued.
“We have the same number of points as Ferrari in third position in the constructors' championship, while Kimi is 25 points away from Fernando Alonso who's leading the drivers' classification. Anything can still happen, the championship is wide open.
“Both Kimi and Romain are capable of winning and the E20 has shown race winning pace. Winning a Grand Prix is not the easiest thing in the world to achieve however, and I don't imagine that we'll have a different winner for every race this year; a pattern should begin to emerge before too long.
“We're looking forward to Montreal [though]. It's the first low downforce track of the season, where the E20 should be strong.
“Our 500th race may not have been one of our best, but I hope the 501st is!” Boullier concluded.
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