While Sebastian Vettel charges toward his fourth title this year; the Constructors Championship is still close.
Eric Boullier says they gave Kimi Raikkonen the right tools to get his self-confidence back. And confirmed rumors that he is a highest paid driver in 2013.
Kimi Räikkönen set the fourth fastest and Romain Grosjean the fifth fastest time on the first day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Taking the next step is in fact crucial for Lotus.
Raikkonen, Grosjean and team comment on the Finn leaving next year, but turned the focus to the weekend at hand.
Eric Boullier understands Raikkonen's decision.
Since Massa announced he was leaving Ferrari, the team named Raikkonen. Now there is an open seat with Lotus!
Lotus is waiting for Kimi Raikkonen to make his decision about 2014
"Sebastian Vettel is staying until 2015 and so it's probably not the best time to become his teammate" - Eddie Jordan
Reports concern Pirelli again! This time they are accused of not filing a report to the FIA that they had changed the construction of the tyres prior to the British Grand Prix.
Gerard Lopez, co-founder of Genii Capital (which retains now a controlling stake of 65% in the team), will remain Chairman of Lotus F1Team.
Lotus boss Eric Boullier commented: "So we're actually a little disappointed by this change"