Thus far this year five teams have won races, and yet despite showing impressive pace on a consistent basis, Lotus is not yet among them. After Kimi Raikkonen came close to beating Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain, a victory appeared to be just around the corner, and up and down the pitlane, rivals have been fully expecting the Enstone team to make that final step.
Indeed on Sunday morning in Spain the consensus was that Lotus had the package to beat Pastor Maldonado's Williams and come out on top over a race distance, but in the end it didn't happen. Despite a late charge, Raikkonen had to settle for third, ahead of his team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Then prior to qualifying in Monaco many people expected to see the latter start on the front row and poised for a win in the nearest thing he has to a home race. And yet again things didn't fall into place.
Eyes now turn to Canada, a race where anything can happen, given the uncertain weather and a sharp focus on how the Pirellis will behave on Sunday. Confident in both its straightline speed and brake performance in Montreal, Lotus is determined to get everything right, and become the sixth team to win in 2012.
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