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Boullier pleased with 'entertaining' 2012

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier isn't one of those in the F1 paddock complaining about the number of different Grand Prix winners in 2012.
"Some people say that F1 has become a lottery, but I don't agree," said Lotus team boss Eric Boullier. "I've found this season quite entertaining and also very challenging from an engineering point of view."

That's in contrast to a growing number of voices up and down pit lane - including other team managers, drivers and even media pundits - suggesting that the lack of any consistent top performers this year is hurting the sport.

Boullier's view, on other other hand, was that the challenging conditions so far this season simply put a premium on perfection.

"If you want to perform, you need to get your weekend absolutely right - the slightest setback can have a very negative effect on your performance over the rest of the weekend," he said. "We saw it with Kimi in Monaco, when he skipped the first session because of a steering issue, and also in Montreal, with a hydraulic failure in qualifying.

"You need to prepare for every race as meticulously as possible," he continued. "Nothing must be left to chance. We've come up with a very strong programme during free practice sessions which allows us to do our homework on the Friday without paying attention to what our opponents are doing."

So what's keeping Lotus from claiming their own maiden victory of 2012? Technical director James Allison reckoned that qualifying was their biggest Achilles Heel at the moment.

"We seem to have a car that is not among the very quickest in qualifying at the moment but has very good race pace," he said. "It's not a bad combination, and we'd rather have it this way round than the other, but if we want to win races we are going to have to improve our qualifying performances. It's not going to take much, we just need that little bit extra if we want to challenge for higher honours."

"The gap to the win is not that big," insisted Romain Grosjean. "We need to qualify better, that is not our strength this season but we are working on it.

"I'm mainly hoping for an improvement in qualifying [at Valencia,]" he added. "We'll see what happens from there. It's great to be fighting at the front and that's always what we want to do, but we're in a tight battle this season so of course the most important thing is to score some good points again for the team."



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Firestorm - Unregistered

June 17, 2012 1:06 PM

Lotus was targeting fourth place in the constructors standings at the begining of the season. I fill that this target is pretty realistic now. They are third at the moment but Ferrari is coming on the pace very quickly so you never know, and Mercedes seems very quick in some races but in some others no. Maybe Lotus can finish even higher then fourth or third at the end of the season. Their duty is to resolve Raikkonen's gremlins before McLaren manages to resolve Button's gremlins. But I doubt than they will do better than fourth this year. For now they must concentrate to win a race. At the end of last race Grosjean was much quicker than Hamilton at the closing laps, as it was Raikkonen in Spain. But it seems that Lotus need more laps because their rivals tyres detoriate much quicker than theirs.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 10:41 AM

All of a sudden I am at a low ebb for my enthusiasm for watching the races. I really am confused. I'm longing for a race where we see a winner win based on merit, not luck of the set-up or luck of the tire. After the race in Canada I actually said to myself, "What the **** was that?"



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