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Lotus targets qualifying improvement

Lotus keen to improve qualifying performance despite a fourth podium of the season in Canada
Alan Permane, director of trackside operations for Lotus, has admitted that the team needs to improve its qualifying performance in order to challenge for victory this season.

Despite four podium finishes – two apiece for Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean – the team has yet to pick up a victory, while Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams have all taken turns on the top step of the podium.

Race pace has been strong for Lotus at most of the events so far this season but the team has been unable to replicate that form over a single lap in qualifying, with Permane admitting that improvements need to be made if the team wanted to challenge for victories.

“We have been struggling in qualifying; that is where we need to work," he told SPEED.com. "I think some of that is driver, and some of that is car, and I think Romain would acknowledge himself that he's not 100 percent comfortable with things in qualifying, but stick some fuel in it and get into a nice rhythm, and it's fine."

Grosjean's run to the podium in Montreal came after the team took a decision to run a one-stop strategy in the race and Permane said the E20 had been a major factor in the ability to use the strategy on race day.

"I don't want to take anything away from the drivers, but a lot of it is the car,” he said. “It's no accident that two drivers can make a one-stop work in this car, and two drivers in the Ferrari can't make it work.

"Fernando Alonso is a fantastic driver, and if anyone can make a one-stop work, he can. So that's down to the car, but the drivers are then doing their bit to make that work, for sure."




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09.06.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
10.06.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
09.06.2012- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver.
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Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
press conference with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 , Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver.
Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
Lotus F1 Team E22 Tecnical detail

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