Eric Boullier has reiterated that he is sure that Lotus will have a strong line-up for the 2014 F1 season, despite the team having yet to confirm who it will field next season.
While Romain Grosjean
is set to stay on for another season, the team is seeking a replacement for Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen, with Nico Hulkenberg
being tipped as the hot favourite for the drive.
Boullier insists however that the team is still looking at its options when it comes to 2014, and said he was sure that the Enstone-based team would make the right call.
“There are no announcements yet but there is plenty going on behind the scenes,” he said. “We know that Kimi is headed elsewhere for next season, but we also know that Romain would bring good continuity as well as the strong performance potential we've seen recently.
“There are a number of other good drivers on the market at the moment, so we're in a strong position of being able to assess the possibilities. A race seat with Lotus F1 Team is pretty hot property at the moment, so we're confident we'll have a strong line-up in 2014.”
Before focusing on next year however, Lotus will seek to try and wrap up second in the constructors' championship this season, with Boullier saying the team would do all it could to make it happen.
“Podiums, podiums and podiums; we need points to help us with our Championship fight and you score the most points when you're spraying the champagne!” he said of the aim for the remainder of the season. “Of course, we want to be winning races and we'll give our all whenever there is a sniff of victory, just like in Japan. There's one fundamental problem with trying to win at the moment, and that's the pace of the Red Bulls. We'll keep pushing and if we can beat them again this year it would be a tremendous performance.
“If we continue as we have done for the last few races, then mathematically second in the standings becomes a very attainable target. Of course, we all know that anything can happen in this sport, but second place would be an amazing result so we'll push as hard as we can and you never know what might happen.”