Lotus F1 team technical director James Allison has revealed that the squad will take some 'interesting new updates' to the German Grand Prix this weekend.
Lotus have had a pretty impressive season so far and the outfit currently sits third in the Constructors' championship, sandwiched between Ferrari and McLaren, 8 points behind the former and 2 points up on the latter.
Despite some impressive races though from both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and numerous podiums, the Enstone-based team has yet to win in 2012 and that is something Allison is hoping might change on Sunday.
“I'm quite excited about the German Grand Prix,” he said. “The season seems to be getting stronger for us race-by-race. We should see pretty warm weather conditions in Germany, and nothing about that track should do anything other than fill us with confidence, so I'm feeling positive in that regard.
“I'm excited too because we've got some interesting new updates for Germany and we're looking forward to seeing how they work out.”
Asked about qualifying, an area the team has struggled with, Allison added that he is convinced they are now on the right track.
“We're getting there,” he maintained. “Silverstone didn't flatter us at all. But if you look at our P3 running at Silverstone, I suspect we would have been in contention for the front row, or second row for sure. So in a qualifying session which was mixed up by the rain, I don't think we can draw any strong conclusions.
“However, we are making progress in qualifying and we'll be in the mix for the first couple of rows in Hockenheim.
“Our car is notably easy on its tyres and while this is a good characteristic in the main, it presents us with a little bit of a headwind over a single lap.
“However, as the season has progressed we have improved our knowledge about how best to handle this characteristic and we are hopeful that our qualifying performances will improve.”