Romain Grosjean is anticipating a tough weekend for Lotus at the high-speed Monza circuit, which plays host to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
Lotus has not traditionally fared well at the circuit during its competitive Formula 1 seasons and this year the squad has struggled with its E22, with Grosjean registering just eight points, the last of which he collected in Monaco three months ago.
Grosjean retired from last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix after an aerodynamic imbalance due to an issue with the rear wing mounting mid-race, believed to be caused by a couple of off-track excursions which placed an unusual loading on the area.
The Frenchman is not expecting huge improvements as Formula 1 heads to Monza.
"I think that it will be tough for us," he said of the Italian Grand Prix.
"On paper it is not one of the races that we should do that well at. But as always we will be fighting hard and trying to get the maximum from the weekend, so that it gives us good momentum for the Singapore weekend later in September when we should be stronger and the track should suit the E22 a little better."
Grosjean believes that compensating for the lack of straight line speed in the Lotus will make the car difficult to handle throughout certain crucial corners.
"We will have a one-off rear wing for Monza and the key will be to make the car as quick as possible from an aerodynamic point of view, so that we can get back some of the performance from our straight-line speed disadvantage," he said.
"Then we have to manage the tyre degradation. Also for us it will be tricky in the big corners like the Lesmos and the Ascari chicane because the less downforce you have then the more difficult it is to get good grip in the turns. It is a tough compromise but one I am sure that the team will get the best solution possible."