Lotus boss Eric Boullier is keen on putting the team’s poor showing in Monaco behind them as they look forward to next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The team scored just one point last time out after Romain Grosjean retired due to a crash with Daniel Ricciardo, and Kimi Raikkonen finished P10 having suffered a puncture whilst in 5th. However, Boullier has called this race a ‘blip’ in Lotus’ season as they continue their charge for both championships.
“As long as Monaco was just a minor blip – and there’s nothing to suggest that it wasn’t – there’s no evidence to suggest we can’t return to consistently strong performances and be back in the reckoning for big points,” the Frenchman said in a team statement. “One bad race in nineteen doesn’t define your championship; we just need to ensure that we don’t have another weekend like Monaco.”
For the weekend ahead, Boullier has set his drivers the target of finishing on the podium, although Grosjean did finish last year’s race in 2nd place and Raikkonen won in Montreal back in 2005.
“What we do know is that this year’s car is strong and has performed well on all different types of track layout, so it’s reasonable to expect a good weekend in Canada.
“I don’t think it will be an easy weekend, but we’ll be disappointed if both cars aren’t close to – or on – the podium.”
Lotus currently lie third in the constructors’ championship, a full 52 points behind leaders Red Bull.