(Eric Vargilou DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
The Lotus F1 Team's deputy team principal Frederico Gastaldi has said that the outfit were 'hurt' by their second double DNF of the season at last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Romain Grosjean suffered a rear failure while Pastor Maldonado suffered a power unit failure to add to the teams frustrating start to the 2014 season.
The team have endured an extremely tough start to the season and have scored point's twice in the opening seven Grand Prix of the year with Romain Grosjean finishing in eighth place in both the Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix.
Speaking ahead of the next race in Austria, Gastaldi said that 'We have potential that is still to be fulfilled'.
While a number of team's have opted for a low front wing and nose assembly Lotus have chosen a double 'tusk' style front wing which it was thought that a number of their rivals would replicate however they are the only team so far to have used this concept in 2014.
Gastaldi said that the team are learning a lot this season and that with only seven Grand Prix completed so far this season he feels that it is still too early to say where the team lie in the pecking order. He stated that the team are constantly improving the car echoing the comments made by Romain Grosjean last week,
All the team's are new to this format of Formula One and as a result it will take them all longer to bring new parts to their cars. However come this time next season they will have updates coming all the time. However team's are only interested in what is happening this season and Lotus will be back competing for point's finishes very soon.
This is the team that just last season, won the opening race of the season and went on to finish the season in fourth place and ok over the Winter they lost some key team members to their rivals but they have an extremely talented workforce at Enstone and they will get through this difficult period in the season and come out stronger as a result.
© Ben Johnston 2014