Permane delighted with improvement
Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane insists his team have made progress with their pace during qualifying this season.
The Enstone based team have been a much more competitive outfit in the opening stages of this season, with Kimi Raikkonen sitting second in the drivers' standings, just four points adrift of Sebastian Vettel.
Lotus to challenge for the title last season due to their failures during qualifying, which didn't allow them the chance to battle it out for race victories on a consistent basis.
Permane revealed that they have been working hard to get more out of the tyres over one lap and feels that they are starting to see the benefits as they prepare to head to Monte Carlo.
Permane said: "It's no secret that this is an area we've been looking to improve and we haven't done a bad job in this regard.
"We took a front row slot in China and - disregarding Mercedes - we were less than a tenth from the front runner in Spain.
"I wouldn't go as far as to say our qualifying pace is perfect as it's clear there are still gains to be made, but we've certainly made significant inroads into understanding how to get the most out of the tyres over a single lap, in addition to balancing setup for both qualifying and race pace."