On the official Facebook page of the Team Lotus, many fans are angry and disappointed about the performance from the team, because they feel let down by Team Lotus. Many were expecting points at this time of year, but perhaps the team itself was a little too optimistic.
“What a load of bollocks,” writes one fan, while anothr repeats himself on almost every post he makes, saying Team Lotus is full of hot air. And though the team is leading the new team battle, they have still to record their first point in their second season. But have it been too much to handle? before the season started, chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said the team would be fighting in the mid-field, and stated ahead of the Spanish GP, that points would follow soon.
Star driver Heikki Kovalainen, said that the teams predictions might have been a tad too optimistic.
“I think they (the targets) were too optimistic,” the Finn 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.”
Lotus is the team most expected results from, as the name itself almost guaranteed instant results. But the fans should remember that the team is started from nothing. They didn´t take over an existing team, or former factory, they had to begin from absolutely nothing. Comparing them to Hispania and Virgin, the other new boys in the class, the team has performed admirably. Adding to that, the whole Lotus naming-row took a lot out of the team energy-wise, but as Tony Fernandes recently said, it was necessary in order to build for the future.
Kovalainen states that the facility the team uses, along with the tools, needs to be better, more cutting-edge.
“I think it’s 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.