Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane has vowed the team will be doing its 'utmost' to qualify further up the field in Hungary this weekend.

Qualifying has been a bit of an Achilles heel again this season for the Enstone-based outfit, although race drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean both did pretty well last time out in Germany, and lined up in fourth and fifth on the grid, before eventually coming home second and third in the race.

Looking to Hungary though, Permane emphasised that it will be vital to make it through to the top-ten shoot-out and get as close to pole position as possible.

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"Qualifying is crucial [at the Hungaroring]. It's a track where passing opportunities are few and far between, making overtaking very difficult even with a reasonable pace advantage, so we'll be doing our utmost to qualify further up the field than we have been," Permane confirmed ahead of round ten in the 2013 F1 World Championship.

"Mercedes have proven themselves to be the class of the field in terms of single lap pace so it will be very difficult to qualify in front of them, but we'll be looking to at least get very close to them on the grid to give our drivers the best chance possible of overhauling them in the race.

"We've seen in the past that they have struggled with tyre degradation on a Sunday which should work to our advantage - particularly in hot conditions as we often see in Hungary - with the medium / soft compound allocation also potentially giving us a broader scope in terms of strategies."

The tyre allocation for Budapest was altered recently and Permane was happy with the change of heart.

"As I've said previously, we believe the original allocation of medium and hard compounds would have been a very conservative choice for Budapest," he noted. "Of course, the situation is still somewhat different as - for the first time this season - we'll see a combination of the 2013 compounds with 2012 construction used in a race scenario. This has brought something of an unknown into the equation with this year's car, as the tyres are of a slightly different shape and will react differently to camber, toe in/out and so on. [But] we've had the opportunity to get a better understanding of how they'll behave at the Young Driver Test so there are no concerns on that front.

"On top of that, our knowledge of this construction from the 2012 season carries over quite well to this new configuration; giving us a good baseline in terms of such considerations as ride height, camber and toe sensitivity."

As for what upgrades Lotus will have in Budapest, Permane is giving little away: "We had a tightly packed schedule over the three day test at Silverstone [last week], to the point where even with a few extra days and sets of tyres we would still have had more than enough development work to keep us occupied. This has given us plenty to think about heading to Hungary and indeed the second half of the season. Some of those developments will be carried across into this next race; so wait and see when the cars roll out on Friday morning [as to what upgrades we have]..."