Lotus F1 Team have high hopes for the two remaining races this season, coming fresh from they’re first win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend.
Eric Boullier, team principal of Lotus, is hopeful that they can take a win, either at the inaugural Austin GP this weekend, or alternatively at the Brazilian Grand Prix which will also close the curtains on the 2012 season.
“People are happy and have a new spring in their step; even if the weather outside the factory is very cold now!” said Boullier. There’s a fantastic feeling of excitement and we have two races yet to go.” he added. “We did it once and we can do it again this season. It took us time to get this win but we all knew that we could do it.”
He also said that the win came at the perfect time, as the team are now focusing their attention to developing their 2013 car, and will have extra motivation.
“It did arrive at a time when more and more people start working on next year’s car, which is good timing.”
It is the first win for the Lotus name since 1987 and was also Kimi Raikkonen’s first win following his return to the sport after a two-year sabbatical, in which he tried his hand at Rallying. Boullier also maintains that he never doubted the Finn’s ability.
“This was maybe a surprise for anyone on the outside of the team that doubted him, but for everyone on the inside it was not,” He said. “Kimi has certainly made his mark and shown that he’s back in Formula 1 and back at his best form. Having him back getting podiums and a win is great for him, great for the team and great for the fans. Moreover, ‘Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing’ has already become a Formula 1 classic!”
Kimi has come close to winning several other races this year, such as Bahrain and Hungary, but couldn’t quite make it to the top step of the podium until McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who was leading by some distance, was forced to retire with mechanical woes.
In stark comparison, Romain Grosjean has been classed a “First lap nutcase” following on from his numerous first lap crashes over the season, in which he has directly ruined the races of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Kamui Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado, Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber. He was even the first driver to receive a race ban since 1994, following on from his extremely dangerous crash in Belgium.