The team did not get its new car on track until the season pre-season test and completed less mileage than any of their rivals.
“Our hopes and aspirations for the season rest on how quickly we can make our car competitive after a tough start,” said Lopez.
He singled out Mercedes as the most well-prepared engine manufacturer for the year ahead:
“It is no secret that we face an extremely well-resourced rival in Mercedes who have dedicated considerable efforts to their power units for the 2014 season.
“We are doing everything we can to enable Renault Sport F1 to respond to this strong rival and our resources are at their disposal. The bar has been raised and we all need to react.”
Lopez said Lotus understand what they need to do to become competitive: “We know where the rapid improvements need to come from.”
“Our technical team at Enstone has been working on the E22 for over two years and we know that the true potential of this car is yet to be seen. It is still very early days.”
2014 Australian Grand Prix
- The FIA’s verdict rejecting Red Bull’s appeal in full
- Red Bull’s own measurements showed Ricciardo’s car was illegal – FIA
- Red Bull lose appeal against Ricciardo’s Australian Grand Prix disqualification
- Magnussen wins Driver of the Weekend vote on debut
- Losing podium better than retiring – Ricciardo
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