Team Lotus have been the best of the grid rookies, but that has not translated into any actual race points and former Renault man Kovalainen admits that there are few signs to suggest that that will change by the end of the year. Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne had said before the season began that Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli could drive the team offering into mid-table, but the Finn has been quoted by Manipe F1 as saying that was too much to ask for and that their facilities are not up to scratch.
“I think they (the targets) were too optimistic,” he said. “With the tools we have at the moment, we can’t expect to be fighting with the middle of the pack or with teams like Renault or Mercedes.
“We’re not there this year. We clearly don’t have the structure in place yet to be able to do that. I think the targets were too optimistic but I haven’t worried about that too much.
I think it’s (the team’s base) not good enough yet. It’s one area that we need to improve for the future. We know that because the main reason is that the facility that we have is not good enough yet, it’s not big enough. The tools that our designers and engineers have are not good enough. We’re working on those areas to give people better tools to actually be able to keep up in this development race.”
- Formula 1 – Team Lotus Silverstone Grand Prix Qualifying Report (beyondtheredline.org)