Gastaldi holds high expectations for Lotus in Monaco

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Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi is hoping for a little more luck at next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix as the team goes in search of its first double-points score of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Romain Grosjean has spearheaded Lotus’ revival in 2015, with the all-new Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid car proving to be a complete contrast to its troublesome predecessor, the E22.

However, teammate Pastor Maldonado currently sits at the bottom of the drivers’ championship standings with just one 15th-place finish and four retirements to his name.

Heading to Monaco, Gastaldi remains confident that Lotus has the pace to get both of its drivers up into the top ten, but thinks that they just need some more luck.

“The level of competitiveness of the E23 is there,” Gastaldi said. “We need to have a little bit of luck and have a clear weekend. We have every chance of being able to score points with both cars in Monte Carlo.

“We need to keep improving the level performance. We are much more competitive than last year – of course we have the new engine but it is also due to the aerodynamic and mechanical improvements
made in 2015.”

Gastaldi went on to express his confidence in both his drivers and the other team members at Lotus, remaining bullish ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

“The car’s performance is very solid and we have big expectations for Monaco and indeed for the next upcoming races,” he said.

“Enstone keeps doing a great job and I’d like to thank everyone for the big efforts they are making. Our people are our best asset and we have two good experienced drivers. Let’s continue to score points and gain places in the field.”