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Lotus to have 'interesting updates'

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The strong E20 will be updated at Hockenheim after Kimi Raikkonen was fifth and Romain Grosjean sixth at Silverstone © Sutton Images
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Lotus technical director James Allison said that the team will have "some interesting new updates" for the German Grand Prix.

After its two cars finished fifth and sixth at the British Grand Prix, Lotus climbed above McLaren in to third place in the constructors' championship. Now just eight points behind Ferrari in the battle for second, the team's bringing more upgrades to Hockenheim which Allison admits he is looking forward to testing.

"I'm quite excited about it," Allison said. "The season seems to be getting stronger for us race-by-race. We should see pretty warm weather conditions in Germany, and nothing about that track should do anything other than fill us with confidence, so I'm feeling positive in that regard. I'm excited too because we've got some interesting new updates for Germany and we're looking forward to see how they work out."

Kimi Raikkonen expects Lotus to be strong, saying that he feels the team can at least challenge for the podium.

"We've got a good car, we understand the tyres quite well, we've shown that we can be fast and race well... there's no reason why we shouldn't be fighting for another podium.

"Some hot weather would be good. Usually in Hockenheim it has been very hot and everybody has had problems with the tyres going off. Obviously, for us, the hot weather suits the car fine. Our car prefers the hot temperatures and in the long runs it's not that hard on tyres. Let's have some real summer weather in Hockenheim."