Team Lotus is hopeful that new upgrades for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix will propel them up the grid.
The team has redesigned the rear of the car by mimicking Red Bull’s effective diffuser package.
“We think our update is going to allow us to take a clear step into the midfield, so that we are qualifying with them and out-racing them more and more,” Gascoyne explained in an interview with the team’s official online magazine.
“It’s been a hot topic at the start of the year, so it’s pretty natural that it was going to be an area we looked at.
“We’ve seen from the development that it is a very big step – far bigger than you would normally expect to be making, which is why everyone else has done it. It means we can catch up with those in front. We’re expecting it to be about a second, up to a second,” he said.
Lotus would join midfield runners Toro Rosso, Williams, Sauber and Force India if the planned changes have such an effect – although most teams will take new upgrades to Barcelona.
Despite having not scored a point since their debut last year, the team has made giant strides in 2011 and is hopeful that the new package will allow them to make Q2 on Saturday.