Gastaldi: Lotus heading to Monza in a “difficult position”
Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi says the Enstone-based outfit heads to the next race on the F1 calendar at Monza in a difficult position.
The Renault-powered Lotus E22 typically struggles on power tracks due to its poor straight line speed, which is a hugely important factor at the Italian circuit.
“Monza is a real test for the engineers and drivers because it is the ultimate compromise in speed and aero balance for the car,” he said.
“That is unique in F1 these days. We go there in a difficult position as we are not the fastest in a straight line. But we will push to the maximum, matching the passion and spirit we see off the track from the fans, with our usual determination on it.
“We have to dig in and make sure we are in the best position possible for when our luck changes.”
When asked how he sees the Italian Grand Prix as an event, he replied: “Like Spa it is part of F1’s identity. It is another name that goes hand in hand with racing the world over. If you went anywhere in the world I am sure you would get an instant association of the words Monza and F1.
“They are linked, I hope, forever. It is a race that along with Monaco, Silverstone and Spa should be the first to pencil in to the calendar. The race itself is important but there is also a lot on the commercial side that takes place at Monza for the following season.”
With round 12 being the last of the season to take place in Europe, Gastaldi believes the E22 will be better suited to tracks such as the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.
He added that the team remains determined to add to its points tally and enjoy a more positive end to what has been a difficult season so far.
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