Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi insists that his squad deserves something to show for the work that has gone on behind the scenes as the F1 season heads to Japan next weekend.

While the E22 has not been the greatest car produced at Enstone, Gastaldi says he cannot fault the effort that has been shown through the first 14 rounds as Lotus struggles to break into the top ten and add to the eight points accrued at the Spanish and Monaco grands prix.

"Singapore showed we could be in the hunt for points on merit," he pointed out, "It was satisfying to get a second consecutive double finish of course, but ultimately we want points. I am sure we will get more chances and we just need that final push to ensure we capitalise on these positive situations.

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"For Suzuka, we're pushing to get back into the top ten. For sure, the team's efforts deserve this reward and we are doing everything we can to get back there."

It's not just the crew that Gastaldi has praise for, as both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado attracted positive comments from the Italian after their performances in Singapore.

"I was impressed by the way that Pastor bounced back from the incident in free practice," Gastaldi noted, "He showed again his strong characteristics and that he is very confident in the car when things are running well. He was on the edge of the points and looking good, even after four pit-stops, which shows that, when everything is right, he is a very competitive proposition.

"Romain was typically excellent too, and did the maximum with what was available to him in Singapore. Again, I state that our drivers are racing with exceptional motivation and desire, which is reflecting the philosophy of the whole team."

Even Grosjean's outburst after failing to progress in qualifying was explained away as a positive by Gastaldi...

"Well, in the heat of the moment, passions can boil over," he pointed out, "Sometimes they can do so when things are not going your way and this is exactly what happened. After all, sometimes people say the drivers are too boring or don't have opinions or show their human side. It happens sometimes under extreme circumstances and this is what happened last Saturday.

"We were all tremendously disappointed but, of course, Romain was the one who got hit by the disappointment first and he reacted. Sometimes it is difficult to stop human emotion coming to the surface. It was quite ironic that radio communications was the hot topic in Japan for the things that were not meant to be said and then they become the headlines for something else that is said under difficult circumstances!"

After the financial uncertainty that accompanied Lotus into the winter of 2013, this season ha, in spite of results on the track, appeared more positive off it, and Gastaldi insists that the team is looking healthier going forward.

"[Commercially], we are strong, which is satisfying," he confirmed after a productive visit to Singapore, "We have several new partners in 2014 and we have lots of them signed for 2015 as well. I think that this reflects the confidence the team has as a commercial entity, even though it has been a tough season on the track.

"As has been reported, we are due to post much reduced losses as a company very shortly. The immediate future looks very bright and everyone is pushing extra hard to prepare for 2015."