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Lotus confident of strong Spanish showing

“We've used Pirelli's hard and soft compounds for the last few years, so we were slightly surprised to see them opt for the more conservative hard and medium this season, albeit with the hard compound revised from what we have been using so far in 2013.

“The new hard is akin to last year's rubber, giving its best grip at lower temperatures than the one we started the year with and being more in line with the working range of the other compounds in use this season. It should work well for us in the race and the gap between option and prime in qualifying should be smaller than in previous years, giving more choices about how to tackle Q1 and Q2.

“With our pre-season form at the [Barcelona] circuit and our reasonably useful showing at all four races so far this season, we head to Spain hopeful of a good race.”



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