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Boullier confident 'plenty more to come' from Lotus

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean's improved performance in Bahrain helped give Lotus its first double podium finish of the season © Sutton Images

Eric Boullier is confident that "there's plenty more to come" from Lotus this season as it works to develop its E21.

Kimi Raikkonen sits in second place in the drivers' championship after the opening four races of the season having won the first race in Melbourne and added to that with second places in China and Bahrain. However, Lotus has a smaller budget than its front-running rivals and Romain Grosjean has previously said the team's success this season will depend on the funds it is able to allocate to developing its car.

Ahead of the start of the European season - traditionally a time when the majority of teams look to update their cars - Boullier said Lotus was looking strong on the development front.

"This is just another aspect of the sport," Boullier said. "We have a strong development programme for the E21 and I'm confident we can continue to improve it through the year, just as we did with the E20 before it. Most teams tend to bring a fairly major upgrade package to the first European race of the season and we'll be no exception. I'm very pleased with how the development of this car is progressing and I think there's plenty more to come from us."

Boullier also said that he thinks Lotus will continue to be in a position to challenge for race victories in Barcelona next weekend.

"We always want to win and our podium successes this year seem to have made us all the more hungry to taste the champagne. We know we are facing other equally competitive teams and only one team and driver get to stand on that top step at each race. Of course, it would be fantastic to start our European season with a win."