Lotus driver pairing Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have again echoed their hopes of returning to the points over the final five races of the season, starting with this weekend’s Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit.

The Enstone outfit has endured a troubled season, scoring just a pair of eighth-placed finishes at the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Since then, the team has failed to trouble the scorers again, although both drivers had a more positive showing last time out as they both briefly threatened the top-ten at the Singapore Grand Prix.

This weekend’s race at the Suzuka Circuit might not be the scene of success for the black and gold cars, however. Having previously admitted that its twin-tusk E22 design is aerodynamically flawed, the high-speed sweeps of the Japanese venue are unlikely to help its cause.

“Suzuka is a track that highlights the good aspects of a chassis,” Romain Grosjean said ahead of this weekend’s race, perhaps with a hint of irony.

“I hope that we can be in a position where we have a realistic chance of some points positions. At Suzuka the driver can make a difference to some extent, especially through sector one, so I will be hugely pumped up to make sure we are in the best position possible to add to our points tally.”

Teammate Maldonado remains point-less, but the Venezuelan was optimistic that his more competitive hit-out at Singapore could translate into his first top-ten finish of the season.

“The potential is there for us to add to our points tally, so I am confident we can achieve this soon,” he added.

“I am confident we can finish the season off in a good way which will give us some great momentum for the new season in 2015. Obviously it has been a difficult year but the important thing is that we are still united as a team and emerge stronger. From what I see and learn the 2015 car looks like being a very good package.”

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.