Lotus Racing: Ready for the next step

Lotus Racing: Ready for the next step

The Spanish Grand Prix marks a significant date for the Lotus team, which kicks off its development race with a big upgrade that hopes it will close the gap to the front. Adam Cooper talked to tech chief Mike Gascoyne about Lotus's prospects

Since the launch of the Lotus team this winter, technical director Mike Gascoyne has been saying 'wait for Barcelona.' The Spanish GP is traditionally when every team brings a major step, and for this year's three newcomers – all of whom faced a huge challenge in just getting through the opening four races – it was always going to be the first real opportunity to make use of the knowledge they gained.

But by putting so much emphasis on the mods planned for this weekend, Gascoyne has very much put his team in the spotlight. That doesn't seem to concern him.

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