(Alastair Staley for the Lotus F1 Team)
The Lotus F1 Team are targeting a revival in 2015 similar to the one experienced by the Williams Martini Racing Team this season according the Enstone outfit’s technical director Nick Chester.
The Enstone team endured an extremely tough 2014 Formula One season, where they scored just ten points and finished the season in 8th place in the Constructors championship.
The team will switch from Renault to Mercedes power units in 2015 which they hope will help to move them up the grid.
The Lotus F1 Team are going down exactly the same route as Williams switching from Renault to Mercedes and in 2014, the Grove based outfit scored nine podium finishes on their way to finishing in third place in the Constructors championship. In 2013 the team finished in 9th place.
Speaking to Autosport, Nick Chester stated he feels the Lotus F1 Team can ‘make a massive step’ in 2015.
Chester praised the progress made by the Williams team but feels that the team make progress over the winter then it is going to be extremely difficult for Lotus to catch them however that is their aim for the 2015 F1 season. Chester, who was promoted to role technical director in 2013 believes that the packaging of the new Mercedes power unit is a great fit for their new E23 chassis.
While McLaren ran their new Honda power unit at a team filming day at the Silverstone circuit on Friday 14th November, the Lotus F1 Team will not run their new Mercedes power unit until the opening winter test session which takes place in Jerez from February 1-4.
The Lotus F1 Team will run an unchanged line-up with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado signed up for the 2015 season.
© Ben Johnston 2014