Romain Grosjean says that he is confident that the Lotus E21 is car capable of providing him with a maiden Grand Prix victory in 2013.
Grosjean finished on the podium three times in 2012 while Kimi Raikkonen emerged victorious from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"We should be able to [win] but you never know what the other teams have been working on as well. That’s the tricky bit," he said ahead of next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
"We want to achieve that, for sure, but I think the most important thing is to follow your weekend step by step and not think about the win before you’ve even started the free practice sessions."
Grosjean retired from the opening two races of 2012 and believes that Lotus should target step-by-step improvements in 2013.
"Our target is to improve from the previous season. We finished fourth in the constructors’ championship and we want to improve from there step-by-step."
"The car has been well born, as we say. It is a step forward compared with last year, clearly, so I’m quite positive about the car. It looks good and it feels good to drive, and that’s all we can say at this stage. I hope I’m right."