Lotus expect ”significant” improvement in Spain

Lotus Racing have said that they expect themselves to take a ”significant” step forward in terms of performance next time out in Barcelona.

The team’s technical director Mike Gascoyne has a number of upgrades to debut at the Circuit de Catalunya, all of which he hopes will translate into qualifying and race pace.

“We do expect it to be reasonably significant,” he said. “We have an aero package with revised sidepods, front wings and brake ducts and a number of mechanical changes, but obviously we’ll have to wait and see what step forward our rivals will also make.”

Although many teams are planning to run modifications in Barcelona, Gascoyne said that his would be more drastic than most because of the early shut-down of Lotus’ initial development programme, rushed because they needed to get on the grid in Bahrain.

“All the teams will have upgrades for Barcelona, but we’re hoping that ours is even more significant than our rivals’ because we received our entry so late and had to freeze the initial specification of the car very early in the design process.”