Lotus’ Romain Grosjean is certain that Lotus can win the World Championship but that they must have the budget to do so.
Kimi Raikkonen saw Lotus kick their 2013 challenge off to the best possible start when he won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 17th. The team then dropped back to finish 6th and 7th in Malaysia.
Yet they still remain second in the Constructors Championship while Raikkonen is second in the Drivers Championship.
When asked by AUTOSPORT if he thought Lotus could stay in the running, Grosjean said that they had the speed but was unsure of it’s financial ability.
“It depends on the money that we have. That is the key in F1,” he said. “We know we have good people, we know they are able to do a race winning car, we know that on development and on factory tools we are there. But then again everything is a question of what you can put into it.”
He added that the teams Aussie win will hopefully encourage more sponsorship for the Enstone based team.
“Hopefully we get more sponsors, so more development and then more wins and then more sponsors,” he said. “It’s a cycle.“