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Belgian Grand Prix: Boullier revises Lotus targets

Eric Boullier says Lotus should now be aiming for more than a top three finish from the 2013 F1 season
Eric Boullier says he is now hoping to see Lotus challenge for at least second place in the constructors' championship ahead of the resumption of the F1 season at Spa.

Boullier had set his team a target of third place at the start of the season, with the Enstone-based squad currently fourth going into the second half of the year.

However, Ferrari are just eleven points ahead in third while Mercedes are only 14 points further ahead in second in what seems set to a frantic battle for position – leaving Boullier to feel Lotus still has plenty to play for in the remaining nine races of the year.

“The championship is so close between ourselves, Ferrari and Mercedes at the moment that we really need to be aiming a little higher to make sure our goals are reached,” he said. “I think therefore that to target P2 is a better ambition, and we will be pushing harder than ever to sustain that challenge.

“We have an ambitious group of people at Enstone and a top three placing at the end of the year is very much possible, which would be a fantastic achievement for everybody involved. We head into the next nine races on a real high.”

Lotus has one win to its name thus far thanks to Raikkonen in Australia, but lost ground in the title race with three tough results in Monaco, Montreal and at Silverstone.

However, having returned to form in the two races before the summer break, Boullier said he was pleased with the way things had gone thus far.

“Overall I'd say it's been a positive start,” he said. “There have been a lot of high points, but also perhaps some less satisfying moments. We've taken eight podiums from ten races so far, which is a great achievement for the team and shows that once again we've clearly made a step forwards from the previous year.

“Of course, amongst those highlights we've had three races – Monaco, Montréal and Silverstone – where we did not score as many points as we should have done, but the important thing is that we recovered from these small blips to challenge for wins at the Nürburgring and also in Budapest.

“For me it's a big positive to show that we have the capability as a team to bounce back and sustain a challenge against opponents with greater resources at their disposal.”


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Snottub

August 18, 2013 8:57 AM

@Buck, Thats called sandbagging when you deliberately call lower than your realistic expectations. It doesn't show you in a favourable light when you get caught. And you will eventually get caught. So aim for the stars and if you only get to the moon, then it will give you something to aim for next time. @Buzz45, I'm not a fan of the French either, but I must say that Lotus have been a pleasant surprise for me and I would like to see them do well now that Kimi is driving for them. In my opinion, he is a true racer.

Matt2

August 18, 2013 10:36 AM

Truth to be told, they should have been second in constructors last year. This year realistic would be second or thirth. But Kimi cannot do it alone. Romain cost them tens of mil. € last year. When Kimi has bad weekend, his on the points. Normal weekend for him, he is 2. Great weekend hes on top. What about Romain? Bad weekend for him is 7 crashes and DNF in race. Good weekend is 2 crashes and in points. Great weekend is top 3. Romain has definetly the pace to be in F1 but its not good enough if you have 2 good races out of 6. I fear they are fourth in constructors this year and that is so frustrating because they could be so much higher and this team could use the money. Bit of a rant, but its just so frustrating watching this same thing going over and over every weekend.



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