Lotus go into the 2014 Formula One season on the back of two very successful campaigns.
Benefiting from the experience and skill of Kimi Raikkonen and having produced cars which used their tyres well, the team exceeded expectations to finish fourth—not a million miles shy of second—in both 2012 and 2013.
When Raikkonen announced he was leaving, the seat for 2014 became one of the most coveted in the pit lane. Pastor Maldonado's Venezuelan oil money eventually secured the drive ahead of the more highly-regarded Nico Hulkenberg.
There was much talk at the time of how Maldonado would be getting a chance in a front-running car.
But F1 history is littered with proof that success in one season does not necessarily translate to success in the next. Lotus, more than any team, look likely to fall down the grid.