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'There's more to come' - Boullier

ESPNF1 Staff
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Eric Boullier: "It was a fantastic all-round performance" © Sutton Images
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Lotus boss Eric Boullier is confident there is more to come from his team after its cars finished second and third at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend.

In the heat at Sakhir, Kimi Raikkonen challenged race winner Sebastian Vettel for the lead before settling for second place ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean. Boullier said the strong comeback from 11th and seventh on the grid was proof of the team's potential.

"I think we had the speed all weekend, but the grid is so tight this year that even a few thousandths of a second can make a big difference, and one slight mistake can be very costly," he told the team's website. "While qualifying was not perfect, everything in the race was very good; the car itself obviously, the pit stops, which the crew had put hours of work into making more competitive, our strategy, which may have looked like a risk on the surface but which played out just as we'd hoped, and of course the drivers who drove flawlessly. It was a fantastic all-round performance, and there's more to come, I'm sure."

Boullier admitted he had been frustrated at the first three races after Lotus showed potential but failed to finish higher than fifth.

"I wouldn't pick out a single factor; it's more the culmination of a few small details where perhaps we haven't got things quite right in the first three races, which was incredibly frustrating, but we managed to put them right at the weekend," he said. "Everything ran very smoothly with no major glitches, and with a bit of a strategy gamble that eventually paid off."