Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has refused to be drawn on possible changes to the next season's line-up as the F1 fraternity prepares to reconvene after is summer break.
Although Pastor Maldonado is already signed up for 2015, doubt remains over the future of Romain Grosjean, who has openly admitted that this year's struggles with the E22 have caused him to consider looking elsewhere for a drive.
While he admits that he only expects Lotus to improve next year, the Frenchman has admitted to keeping his options open, using the lengthy break between races in Hungary and Belgium to consider his future [ see separate story
Gastaldi, however, would not comment on possible changes to his driver pairing, insisting that news would only be confirmed when there was something concrete to report, despite the onset of the annual 'silly season' and the rumours it provokes.
“We will make any announcements when we are ready,” he maintained, “2015 looks very exciting indeed and we will have a great mix of new relationships to enjoy while also keeping some good continuity in the team, which is important.
“You learn to just focus on what is happening in your own corner of the paddock and doing what is best for the team. Of course, sometimes it is fun to hear the stories and, as everyone re-groups after the summer break, it is natural for stories to start circulating. I have been around F1 for a long time, though, so I know what to expect off the track.”
While Lotus continues to struggle for points in 2014, Gastaldi is confident that the continued effort back at Enstone will eventually pay dividends, as the team works on both its current and future projects.
“[There] is a feeling of huge motivation to keep pushing and to try and turn our season around as much as we can,” he claimed in the build-up to Spa, “We now have just two more races in Europe with the rest all 'flyaway' races, so we need to make sure we gain some good momentum. Hopefully that will be triggered by some points at Spa and Monza.
“It won't be easy because these two circuits are power tracks but, as ever, we will be fighting for the optimum result. Although we had the enforced summer shutdown, our team will not have stopped thinking and visualising the races ahead. F1 never stops, especially in the talented brains at Enstone. I can guarantee that all our team had a long think about the season so far and then resolved to ensure we do as much as is humanly possible to extract the maximum from the second phase of 2014.
“The big [challenge] is to make sure we unlock as much performance from the E22 as possible and also ensure that we get greater reliability in all areas. Without this, we are limited to what can be achieved. We know that the E22 can be quick and can get points when a stable platform is provided.
“The aims and objectives are clear for us as a team. We are targeting a strong end to the season that will give us the momentum to carry through to 2015, where we fully intend to climb back to the sharp end of the grid. It will not be easy, but what I know as fact is that our people at Enstone will make it happen. This team has had tough seasons before and always come back stronger. This will be the case once again. We will make sure of that.”