Mike Gascoyne says he is happy with the way the past five days testing has gone for the Lotus team.
The main aims have been to run the car and sort out any reliability issues, which the team have done successfully, but now they must focus on upping the cars pace.
“First and foremost, we want to get more mileage on the car and to sort out any possible reliability issues before Bahrain.
“We will be shaking down some new gearboxes and components, and hopefully with some dry running, we can start to work on the performance of the car,” Gascoyne told the official F1 website.
“On the first day in Barcelona, we were concentrating on mileage, but now we will start to look for set-up directions, and of course we will try to improve the pace of the car.”
Despite being slowest in many of the tests, Gascoyne is confident they have a good basis to build on.
“We are very happy with where the car is. We know we need to make it faster, and we are working in the wind tunnel to do that.
“But overall I think we have the pace of a very good Formula 1 car.” He added.
With the team gaining entry only last year, it has been a race against time to build a car and successfully test it from scratch.
“We have a great spirit within the team and that is one of the advantages of setting up a new team from scratch.
“You don’t inherit any politics, and I think we have been able to recruit a very experienced team.”