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Boullier keeping expectations in check until final test

ESPN Staff
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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has played down his team's testing pace over the last two weeks, saying the upgrades brought to next week's test are what really matter.

Lotus topped the timesheets on two days at the first test and then showed promising pace over longer runs at Barcelona this week. However, Boullier is not reading anything into his rival's performances until the substantial upgrades planned at most teams are added to the cars next week.

"Confident? No. Happy? Yes," he said when asked how he felt about Lotus' performance in testing. "It's just testing and I know at the next test everybody is going to bring their Melbourne spec [cars], so we will see next weekend how it's going and then you can start to draw some conclusions. But at the end we'll see in Melbourne."

Boullier said Lotus will have a decent upgrade for the final test and he is hoping it will mean his team remains among the front runners.

"I hope nobody will bring one second of performance between now and Melbourne but we'll see... it doesn't work like this. [Ours] should be a reasonable upgrade."

High tyre degradation affected all the teams during the second test as the new-for-2013 compounds suffered graining in the cool conditions. But Boullier does not think the same will apply at the early races.

"They are degrading more, but again, we saw last year when it was cool, the tyres were completely out of range and graining and degrading massively. So we need to wait now to have hotter temperatures to see if the tyres are going to work different because I remember in Brazil the [development] tyres were not degrading that much."