Coming into the United States GP race week, Lotus’ Technical Director Nick Chester explains the E23 "should go quite well in Austin" - Will it? Can it? Find out more from Chester below.
"The circuit has an interesting layout with a high speed sector one that has an interesting combination of high speed corners. Towards the end of the lap there are more slow speed corners and there is a reasonable back straight. It’s a track that is quite mixed; it is a good technical circuit and one that the drivers like.
"The E23 should go quite well in Austin. It has proved to perform at most tracks and I think that again it should suit the Circuit of the Americas quite well. Hopefully we can qualify in the top 10 and score a good haul of points."
What are the key elements?
"The downforce levels are medium to high. We won’t be using maximum downforce as it would slow us down in the first sector and on the back straight. Regarding the tyres, we will have the medium and soft Pirelli compounds in Austin. The wear will be pretty standard – the tarmac is still relatively smooth - and we are probably expecting a race with two stops but no extreme tyre-wear."
Here’s the factfile by Lotus F1 Team: