It has been a difficult start to the season for the team, who currently sits eighth in the constructors’ standings with eight points. Lotus suffered a disappointing weekend at the last race in Canada after both drivers were forced to retire.
However, Gastaldi is confident that the problems experienced will not happen again. “We have potential which is still to be fulfilled,” he said. “Canada was a kick where it hurts for everyone at the team but we took stock, identified the issues and have taken action to avoid any repeats.
“The last thing you want is both cars sat in the garage at the end of a race, but that’s what we had. Thankfully it is very rare for us. A rear wing issue for Romain was something unforeseen. We’ve analysed what went wrong, found a fix and it won’t happen again.
“A power unit issue for Pastor was not something new so we’re spending more time with Renault Sport F1 to do everything possible to avoid a repeat of this. It was an issue with a power unit sensor. Just a small thing, but something that had terminal repercussions.”
When asked if the next few circuits should suit the Renault-powered E22 better, he replied: “Yes that is the objective. We saw that on a level playing field at Barcelona we can be fighting for big points. The E22 when running cleanly can be a potent proposition but the bugs must be ironed out and we have to start scoring points with both cars to move our way up the points table to where we think we should be.”
Gastaldi is also pleased to see the Red Bull Ring – formerly known as the A1-Ring – return to the F1 calendar, with the Austrian Grand Prix being next on the sport’s schedule.
Meanwhile, Lotus technical director Nick Chester has confirmed that the team will bring a number of new aerodynamic upgrades to Austria and says a lot of focus will be on improving the brake-by-wire system.
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