Boullier happy with season so far
Eric Boullier is fully aware of the knock-on effect of small mistakes in Formula One
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has joined the growing chorus of people to dismiss suggestions the current Formula One campaign is a lottery.
Lewis Hamilton extended a new benchmark in the sport with his win five days ago in Canada, becoming the seventh different driver to take the chequered flag in the opening seven races.
It has led to some criticism the season is too unpredictable, but not in Boullier's eyes, even if neither of his drivers in Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean has yet to win. The Frenchman said: "If you want to perform you need to get your weekend absolutely right."
He added: "The slightest setback can have a very negative effect on your performance over the rest of the weekend.
"We saw it with Kimi in Monaco when he skipped the first session because of a steering issue, and also in Montreal with a hydraulic failure in qualifying.
"Some people say that Formula One has become a lottery, but I don't agree. I've found this season quite entertaining and very challenging from an engineering point of view."
It is why Boullier confirms "nothing must be left to chance" when it comes to preparing for a weekend, with the only variable being outside influences.
"You need to prepare for every race as meticulously as possible," added Boullier.
"We've come up with a very strong programme during free practice sessions which allows us to do our homework on the Friday without paying attention to what our opponents are doing.
"This said, there's nothing we can do in case of a change of climatic conditions or technical failure."
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Wow there's just no pleasing some people. I'm absolutely LOVING the season so far. From a viewers perspective I think each race has been spot on.
It's good to see the optimism of this Lotus team even though they are without a win so far - however I think it's only a matter of time for them to be on the top step.