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Lotus wants more from E21 in qualifying

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Lotus race team manager Paul Seaby says the team wants more qualifying pace from the E21.

One of Lotus' biggest problems in 2012 was getting its car to be competitive in qualifying, with impressive race pace being negated by lowly grid positions. 2013 started off encouragingly with Kimi Raikkonen winning in Australia - albeit from seventh on the grid - but in Malaysia Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean qualified in 10th and 11th places respectively.

Seaby admits that the qualifying pace remains a weakness for Lotus and that the team will work to improve it as well as ensuring both drivers have the same equipment.

"One of the main objectives is to make sure both drivers have the latest parts available to them," Seaby said. "Romain of course was running without the latest spec exhaust system and related bodywork in Malaysia, and there will be further additions to come for both cars on top of that.

"We're also aiming to get more from the car in qualifying trim. We know the E21 is strong in terms of race pace, but it goes without saying that better grid positions give the drivers a better chance of achieving top results. If we can bring everything together, there's a good chance we'll be competitive again in China."

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