April 4th, 2013 (F1plus)- People at Lotus always have said that F1 seasons are long, there are 19 races and it is never good to make valiant prognosis based in one race. Still, they believe the E21 is a package that belongs to the top, something that was revealed with that excellent victory in Australia by Kimi Raikkonen.
The Enstone based team, however, had a much less impressive weekend in Malaysia, just a few days after that Melbourne win.
"It's true, we didn't have a good race at Sepang," technical boss James Allison is quoted by Speed Week.
"But the damage was done in the first few laps, when we fell half a minute behind, but Romain (Grosjean) was only 35 seconds behind Vettel at the end.
"Sepang didn't show what our car can really do," he added.
However, Grosjean and Raikkonen have both spoken about how good the black E21 is, whilst expressing fears Lotus might not be able to keep up with the development pace of the better funded top teams.
Allison insists: "The most expensive thing is bringing the car to the track, not developing it.
"We've also noticed that it is relatively easy for us to find promising developments in the wind tunnel. And we have lots of ideas about how to develop mechanically."
Team boss Eric Boullier told Brazil's Totalrace: "I think Romain has all the same upgrades as Kimi for China.
"We have parts arriving for every race and will keep working hard. It will be interesting."
From the beginning of the year the team said that one of the main objectives is to improve in qualifying. This still seems to be project as none of their drivers have made it below 7th (Kimi in Australia).
Racing performance looks strong and we few added component there's still room to improve, but as it happened last year, those few spots on the starting grid might make a difference.