Boullier: Lotus is one of the top four F1 teams

Boullier is confident that his Lotus team are currently in the top four despite Raikkonen finishing over half a minute adrift of Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel.

Boullier believes that there will be many different race winners this season thanks to the Pirelli tyres and that Lotus are in the top four F1 teams along with Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull.

“It is a prediction we had after the winter testing,” Boullier explained. “It is going to be very, very tight. I think you can expect – mainly because of the tyre management situation – a different race winner each time.

“But we can say we are definitely in the top four – Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and us are very, very close.”

So why weren’t Raikkonen and Grosjean competing at the sharp end during the Malaysian Grand Prix?

“First it was [wet] qualifying and then we did not make the best start ever,” Boullier explained. “After that we lost a lot in the first stint compared to the leaders, especially Mercedes.

“If you then compare the race pace after tha, we were not bad – we were there.

“In Melbourne clearly we had an advantage because again some circumstances during qualifying and Friday practice did not help some teams to get their setup ready.”

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