F1 2013 – Lotus: You don’t just lose 1.5s of pace

Formula One News » F1 2013 – Lotus: You don’t just lose 1.5s of pace

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has told autosport he hopes his team’s performance at the 2013 Canadian grand prix was a one off and that you don’t just lose 1.5s of pace between race to race.

“This is a very specific track, and with our car we could just not switch the tyres on, it does not help as well when it is cold and it is wet.

“Our pace was not so bad with Romain Grosjean in practice but, if you look at the race, we were 1.5 seconds slower than Red Bull and Mercedes.

“You do not lose 1.5 seconds from one race to another one. It is just that something went wrong.

“We have some good developments coming for Silverstone, so that should help us keep up and close the gap to the leader and with normal tracks we should be able to get the best out of our car.” .

“We lost positions, so we have to work hard to keep the pace, but we know the car is competitive, and the team is competitive.

“There is no reason why we should not be back fighting for podiums.

“We didn’t have the five podiums in a row since the start of the season just by chance or coincidence. It is because the package is competitive.

“But we may struggle some time on some tracks. We know this and we have to work on this to at least avoid this happening this season at low energy tracks – and next year as well.”


  1. B@rney
    Posted 11/06/2013 at 14:37 | Permalink

    The cruel irony is he can’t make mention of the word “Pirelli” in his explanation, else he’ll look the fool for being dismissive of Red Bull’s complaints about them.

  2. KevinW
    Posted 11/06/2013 at 15:22 | Permalink

    Hey Eric, you did not lose 1.5s, you lost around 1.2. You’ve been 0.3s off pace all season, but hiding that behind the pit strategy – which obviously failed completely here. Your love of the current tires bit you in Canada, so get over it, as you have told others to do. As we see Red Bull and Ferrari get past the degradation issues themselves, which appears to show that going faster and harder works better than slower, you are going to find no sympathy as you fall further down the order from too little grip to keep up. You will be doing the environment a favor in using one less set of race tires, so at least you’ll have that. Hopefully all this will not come down to someone being hit/injured by a 2 pound lump of de-lamination rubber, which your buds at Pirelli seem to think is not a safety issue.

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