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Lotus in championship mix - Boullier

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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier believes this year's championship is wide open and is confident his team is still within shooting distance of the top.

Lotus entered the season with fourth in the constructors' standings as its target, but strong results at the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix means it currently lies third - tied on 86 points with Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen is sixth in the drivers' championship - 25 off leader Fernando Alonso - and when asked about his team's championship chances, Boullier said anything is possible.

"This season has been interesting as no-one has been able to dominate, in either the drivers' or constructors' championships. We have the same number of points as Ferrari in third position in the constructors' championship, while Kimi is 25 points away from Fernando Alonso who's leading the drivers' classification. Anything can still happen and the championship is wide open."

Asked if one of his drivers could become the seventh winner in as many races this year when F1 arrives in Canada next weekend, Boullier added: "Let's hope so. Both Kimi and Romain are capable of winning and the E20 has shown race winning pace. Winning a Grand Prix is not the easiest thing in the world to achieve however, and I don't imagine that we'll have a different winner for every race this year; a pattern should begin to emerge before too long. We're looking forward to Montreal. It's the first low downforce track of the season, where the E20 should be strong. Our 500th race may not have been one of our best, but I hope the 501st is!"

Technical director James Allison said the team has a few updates ready for the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

"We'll be taking a smaller rear wing with a front wing set up to balance that. One of the key factors is to make sure we have our braking configuration correctly set up with good levels of cooling to survive what is a very arduous race for the brakes. Luckily the car has been quite good on brakes throughout the year to date with no real issues to report."

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