Date: 7th April 2015 at 8:38am
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Will the points begin to flow for Lotus in China?

After a terrible 2014, Lotus have come into the new 2015 Formula One season with new vigour.

The switch from Renault engines to Mercedes will of course give the team a boost, but after a top to bottom restructure of the teams personnel the Enstone based outfit are also in a much better position to capitalise on a better designed car.

The pace of the new Lotus has been there to see with appearances in the pole position Q3 shoot-out in qualifying in both Australia and Malaysia.

But unfortunately both cars retired in Australia with Pastor Maldonado hitting the wall and Romain Grosjean retiring due to a technical issue.

In Malaysia, Maldonado retired once again, but Grosjean finished just outside of the points in 11th.

With aerodynamic upgrades due this weekend, Lotus are positive that they will score points sooner rather than later.

We have the pace so we just need to be there in the correct position when the chequered flag falls. Both Pastor and Romain are operating at the top of their games so it?s just a question of having a race without any issues or contact from other cars. Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi told Sky Sports.

?We?ve had a couple of reliability issues which we?re addressing so we expect to be out there and scoring very soon.?

Lotus technical director Nick Chester added: ?We have bodywork upgrades at the front and rear of the car, In combination, we have a reasonable upgrade package for Shanghai which mainly focusses on improving our downforce.?