VIDEO: Mike Gascoyne hopeful for Team Lotus in Singapore
Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne is looking forward to seeing how Team Lotus' upgrades improve their performance at the weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
The Hingham outfit look secure in their position of 10th in the constructors' standings – a vital requirement for the team to a larger slice of the Formula One revenue pie.
And with Singapore's night race on the streets of Marina Bay next up, Gascoyne is hopeful over what Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli can do.
Gascoyne said: 'We approach Singapore in much the same way we did Monaco – we will be running with a maximum downforce package with a new floor and diffuser, and bigger front brake ducts to cope with the brake cooling demands.
'The numbers from the wind tunnel look pretty promising for the update to the floor, so we will see what we have found when we get out on track.'
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While there is almost certain to be the odd slip off the track during Friday practice due to a lack of grip, Gascoyne is confident there will be more to play with around the street circuit come Sunday.
'Because the track surface is very bumpy we have to run the cars at almost the highest ride-height settings of the season, while also focusing on braking stability and maximising traction to generate the quickest lap times,' added Gascoyne.
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'As Singapore is a street circuit the track surface is very green when we first run on Friday, but it has high evolution throughout the weekend and by Sunday the grip levels have improved dramatically.
'Pirelli are bringing the soft and super soft compounds to Singapore and it will be interesting to see how teams deal with the degradation rates of both, especially in qualifying and in the race itself.'