Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says his team is pushing as hard as they can to take second in the constructor’s standings. They currently sit 23 points behind third place Mercedes and trail Ferrari – who sit in second place – by a further 10 points.
However with their recent form, the team looks to be in a good position to move ahead of their closest rivals and finish the season as runner-up. The Frenchman thinks second place would be an “amazing” result for the team.
He said: “If we continue as we have done for the last few races, then mathematically second in the standings becomes a very attainable target. 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.”
When asked what the aims are for the rest of the season, he replied: “Podiums, podiums and podiums; we need points to help us with our Championship fight and you score the most points when you’re spraying the champagne! Of course, we want to be winning races and we’ll give our all whenever there is a sniff of victory, just like in Japan. There’s one fundamental problem with trying to win at the moment, and that’s the pace of the Red Bulls. We’ll keep pushing and if we can beat them again this year it would be a tremendous performance.”
The team scored a double podium finish in Korea before Romain Grosjean led the Japanese Grand Prix, eventually slipping to third place. However, they haven’t scored a win since the season opener in Australia.
There has been speculation over the financial position of the team, but Boullier has hinted that the deal to sell 35% of the team to investment consortium Quantum Motorsports – previously Infinity Racing – is almost done. He added: “There has been a lot of talk, and there are a lot of positive things happening behind the scenes. We’ll certainly be shouting from the rooftops when everything is finalised as we should be exceptionally well placed looking to the future.”
He also confirmed that an announcement on their 2014 driver line-up won’t be happening any time soon, but that plenty is going on behind the scenes as the team weigh up their options.
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