Lotus team boss Eric Boullier says he needs Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean to try and repeat their performance in the German Grand Prix when F1 heads to Hungary next weekend.
The pair took second and third at the Nurburgring in one of Lotus' best weekends of the season so far, with the 33 points scored matching the tally secured in Bahrain back in April.
It also ended a tough run of form for the Enstone-based squad and Boullier said he was hopeful of a similar showing in Budapest in the final race before the summer break.
“It's clear that we've had some good weekends and some weekends which have fallen short of expectations,” he said. “Our last outing in Germany clearly falls into the former camp and that's the sort of weekend we want to have in the coming races to get our championship fight back on track. If we can continue that push and refine the car we should be well placed for the second half of the season.
“I think the only place where the car hasn't worked well is in Canada, which can be attributed to cooler temperatures and the energy that circuit puts through the tyres. Elsewhere, we've certainly had the potential for good results so there is no sense of panic. Germany showed what can happen when everything goes well and seeing both drivers on the podium – especially when both were fighting for the race win at different points of the race – was especially rewarding.”
The return to action in Hungary comes with continued speculation about the future of Raikkonen amidst talk that he could move to Red Bull for 2014 to partner Sebastian Vettel.
However Boullier again insisted that Lotus was doing what it could to retain the Finn, who made his return to the grid with the team last year.
“It's clear that Lotus F1 Team is a desirable place to be and we know there's been a lot of talk about Kimi's future,” he said. “We all know that Kimi is an individual and he will make his decision in his own time. Naturally, we want him to continue in the sport and continue with Lotus F1 Team so we're doing everything we can do to make that happen. Romain [also] did a fantastic job in Germany which showed he is capable of mixing it with the very best in the sport.”