Oct 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is confident that the team can still secure second place in the constructors’ championship following a good run of form that has seen the British team cut the gap to Ferrari and Mercedes.
Four podiums between drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in the past three races has left the team just twenty-three points behind Mercedes and a further ten adrift from Ferrari, and with 172 points still to play for, Boullier is confident of catching both teams.
“If we continue as we have done for the last few races, then mathematically second in the standings becomes a very attainable target,” Boullier explained. “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.”
Lotus have claimed just one victory so far this season at the opening round in Australia, but Romain Grosjean came close in Japan to securing his maiden win, only for Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to pass him late on.
“There’s one fundamental problem with trying to win at the moment, and that’s the pace of the Red Bulls,” Boullier said. “We’ll keep pushing and if we can beat them again this year it would be a tremendous performance.”
The team is currently in the process of finding a replacement for Raikkonen as the Finn prepares to return to Ferrari in 2014. The man he is replacing, Felipe Massa, is thought to be vying for the seat at Lotus, but he faces competition from Sauber starlet Nico Hulkenberg.
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