After seeing two potential top six finishes disappear within a lap of the start in Melbourne, Lotus has only one aim for round two of the 2015 F1 season in Malaysia this weekend.

An accident for Pastor Maldonado and technical gremlins for Romain Grosjean removed the two black-and-gold entries from an Australian Grand Prix with only 15 starters, and on a weekend where the now Mercedes-powered E23s looked a whole lot more competitive than its 2014 predecessor. The Enstone team firmly believes that, based on performance relative to its rivals, fifth and sixth places could have been on the cards, giving it a potential 18 points - almost double its tally for the whole of last season.

"We learnt that the E23 looks to be a good car relative to its opposition, albeit a car that still has strong development potential to get better," deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi confirmed, "Pastor and Romain were both very happy over the weekend in Australia and, even after both drivers retired from the race for different reasons, they both still had glints in their eyes despite their race frustrations.

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"The reason for the underlying positivity at the team is we know we're capable of delivering good strong results this year. Points - that's what we're here for. We want to see progress from the start we made at Albert Park and it would be fantastic to have both cars greet the chequered flag [in Malaysia] with a good clutch of points stashed away. Of course, this is what every team is trying to do, but we're battling hard at Enstone to make this happen.

"We should build on the work in Australia. Yes, our race was very short there, however we've demonstrated the first step of our 2015 fightback by qualifying in the top ten with good race pace potential. There's nothing to say Sepang should not suit us, so we're ready to deliver."

After such a dire 2014 campaign, which yielded just ten points - eight of which came at the start of the European run of races - the switch to Mercedes power is just part of the rejuvenation project, which Lotus hopes will return it as an F1 power.

"Re-establishing ourselves as a force to be reckoned with on track is certainly the primary aim as we did suffer in that regard last season," Gastaldi admitted, "Through doing this, we can offer the best return to our partners as well as show further appeal for new partners. We're having a number of discussions in this area so there's strong potential to grow the team before the year is out."