Kimi Raikkonen remains confident about Lotus's form despite a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix.
Raikkonen had to settle for a distant ninth place in Monte Carlo, his worse result in three races after having finished on the podium in the previous two events. The Lotus driver believes that the bad result in Monaco is not a sign that his team is losing momentum, and he is confident strong results are still on the cards.
He conceded, however, that the team will have to get everything perfect during a weekend in order to win a race.
"One race doesn't change the fact that we have been pretty strong everywhere – even at Monaco during most of the weekend," said Raikkonen. "Monaco is completely different from any other track and I don't think we should worry too much about the fact that it wasn't our best weekend.
"We've been quick everywhere and we've been on the podium. It's difficult to get everything exactly right at the right time, which is what you have to do to win a grand prix. I've won races with other teams and I have a good feeling that Lotus are capable of strong results. Our day will come."
Raikkonen said the fact that Lotus can score points on a bad weekend like Monaco shows the team is still a force to be reckoned with.
"That's racing. Ninth was the best we could do on the day. I didn't start in a great position and I had some difficulties during the race so it wasn't the easiest weekend, but at least we got a couple of points. It's better than nothing but not exactly what we wanted.
"If we can have a bad race like that and still take two points it's not the end of the world. Picking up points like this when we're not at our best could make a big difference at the end of the season."
The Finn believes his car should be strong in next week's Canadian Grand Prix, although he concedes it is still too early to make predictions.
"We've been competitive in most places and we expect the same there, but like always it's easier to say after the first day of running..."
Raikkonen missed most of first practice in Monaco because a steering setup the team tried did not work as expected, and the Finn reverted to the original version, which he says he is happy with.
"We tried something different for the special challenge of Monaco and it didn't work for me. It's impossible to test how something will work at Monaco without going to Monaco.
"We're not allowed open testing and the roads would be too busy for a Formula 1 car anyway. I'm happy with the basic setup, although it's still an area I'm working on with the team."