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Lotus hoping for dry weather in China 08 Apr 2013

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013 James Allison (GBR) Lotus F1 Technical Director in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013

Lotus’s hopes of securing a second race win of the season at this weekend’s 2013 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai could be dependent on the weather, according to the team’s technical director James Allison.

After winning the season-opening Grand Prix in Melbourne with Kimi Raikkonen, the Enstone-based squad were unable to extract the same pace from their Renault-powered E21 in damp conditions in Malaysia; something Allison concedes is unlikely to improve until the team bring updates to the car.

“I have to be completely candid and say that wet weather is not our forte,” he said. “We struggle to get the intermediate tyres warm enough to grip the road, and our current rear wing configuration - whilst aerodynamically stable in wet conditions - does not generate the sort of downforce levels required for a wet track.

“Unfortunately we will be fighting an uphill battle with this until we bring a new, higher downforce rear wing to the track.”

There have been wet conditions in two of the last four races in Shanghai, although, according to Allison, if conditions are the same this year as in 2012, they could work in Lotus's favour.

“It’s generally quite cool in Shanghai - unseasonably so last year - meaning that (tyre) graining will be an issue once again; particularly given the smoothness of the asphalt which is comparable to that of Melbourne,” he said.

“From what we’ve learned so far, the E21 is reasonable in conditions where graining is rife, so we’re hoping for more of the same in China.”

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