Grosjean targets Lotus wins – but not until 2016

Lotus takes a long-term view of getting back on the pace, despite Mercedes power for 2015.

Lotus star Romain Grosjean believes the British team can get back to winning ways, but thinks it will take until 2016 for that to happen.

After a disastrous 2014, when it slumped down the F1 pecking order with its asymmetrical, twin-nosed E22, Grosjean is eyeing a far brighter future.

"I hope to get back to a good period," Grosjean told France's Auto Hebdo, "showing what I am capable of in 2015 and having a winning car in 2016."

Turning around its fortunes

With an industry-leading Mercedes engine, Lotus has presented the more conventional-looking E23 for 2015 and is predicting a return to form.

But team owner Gerard Lopez agrees that Lotus's return to winning ways will take some time.

"Two years ago we claimed a win and 13 podiums," he said. "We were right up there with Red Bull and challenging Mercedes and Ferrari for a top-three finish in the constructors' championship, while beating McLaren, Force India and Williams."

"After such a tough season, I think it's wiser not to swagger about. Let's keep a low profile, stay humble in the face of the hardships we experienced, and remain careful not to hit the repeat button.

"First, let's work very hard to recover and return to our 2013 form. Only then can we talk about aiming higher.

"Let's reclaim our rightful place first and revise our targets next," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Romain Grosjean , Gerard Lopez
Article type Breaking news
Tags f1 hopes, lotus e23, mercedes power