Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi insists that the Enstone squad will not be satisfied with its 2014 F1 campaign unless it gets to the front of the field.

The first four rounds have been an exercise in frustration for Gastaldi and co, with Lotus still without a point despite the best efforts of Romain Grosjean in China two weekends ago. The Frenchman hauled the E22 into the pole position shoot-out in qualifying and was able to run inside the top ten until gearbox gremlins forced him into retirement shortly after half-distance.

With three weeks between Shanghai and the first European race of the year, in Barcelona, next weekend, Lotus - in common with the rest of the field - will be hoping that its first major update will pay dividends by propelling the E22 through the midfield and into regular contention for top ten finishes.

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"You always face a moving target in F1," Gastaldi commented, "Just finding improvements in your car over the course of the season is not good enough; you need to find more improvements than your rivals do.

"We certainly have made tremendous gains in absolute and relative terms since we started the year. Definitely, we had the most gains to make, but we still look to be very much on an upward trajectory. We were running in the top ten and there were many green shoots of recovery made evident over the course of the last race weekend, [but] we didn't get the points we wanted. Romain's gearbox issue was something very rare for an Enstone team and we've quickly identified the issue and taken preventative measures.

"Seeing improvement is always a positive and our outlook is good. When you look at how our pace - particularly our race pace - has improved relative to our rivals, there is a lot to shout about. However, we won't be satisfied until we are on the top step of the podium! We are all racers and that is what we all want. Even then, not everyone will be satisfied, as you can only ever have one person on that top step!"

After a top ten qualifying performance in Shanghai, Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi expects another step forward in Barcelona.

Despite the tough start to 2014, Gastaldi insists that there has been no temptation to switch the team's focus to next season.

"It's still early in the year and we are determined to achieve good results in 2014," he maintained, "Of course, even last year we started looking at the 2015 car and we always look far in advance, [but] all the signs are still that the E22 is a great car wanting to come out, and we're pushing progress and development so that everyone will see this."