Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi says he is sure that his outfit is heading in the right director after securing their first race finish of 2014 in Malaysia.
Romain Grosjean came home in 11th place and Gastaldi believes that Lotus can build on that result at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
"We head to Bahrain still with lots of work to do, but with clear evidence that we are heading in the right direction," said Gastaldi. We’re at a very early stage in the understanding of our car’s performance and we’re still having to fight reliability issues; no doubt you will find us in Bahrain with plenty of work to do!
"After the start we have had to this season, of course it was a great feeling to complete the Malaysian Grand Prix.
"That said, we’re not here as a team to celebrate a non-points finish. Our performance in Sepang represents a step in getting to where we want to be, and we have quite a lot more steps to make. The positive is that we are seeing progress so we are going in the right direction."
Gastaldi echoes Pastor Maldonado's comments that reliability will be key in Bahrain this weekend.
"We are targeting reliability as that enables us to better understand the car," said Gastaldi.
"Equally, we are bringing new aerodynamic and performance parts to every race. When we get more track time we have more understanding of the car and more information for our engineers to work on."