Following an awful campaign in 2014, Lotus needed to pick themselves up.
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They managed to score points on a fairly regular basis and finished comfortably ahead of their rivals Toro Rosso.
But as the season rumbled on it looked like they may struggled to even reach the remaining races.
Amid major financial troubles, the Belgian GP was a flashpoint with the team locked out from some of their equipment as the bailiffs knocked on the doors.
Teams from up and down the paddock and Bernie Ecclestone helped out by supplying them with tyre blankets and other tools as well as food and supplies for the personnel.
Ironically what was their worst build-up to a race weekend turned out to be their best of the season with a stunning podium finish from Romain Grosjean.
The teams future remained in the balance even as they headed into the season finale in Abu Dhabi but it was eventually confirmed that Renault would be making a full return to the sport and took a majority stake in the team.
The difficulties off the track hampered on track performance so it was down to the drivers to do the talking and once again Romain Grosjean was a solid driver, regularly scoring points and not getting involved in incidents.
The same unfortunately couldn’t be said for team mate Pastor Maldonado who admittedly was unfortunate with technical problems at various stages of the year, but too often when things were going well he messed up by resorting to his usual messy and crash prone ways.
The Venezuelan’s money is keeping him in his seat for now, but with a steady stream of cash from Renault now keeping the team afloat, his on track affairs will be scrutinised even more.
2016 will be a year of rebuilding, they should aim to score regular points and stay in the mix with the likes of Force India and Toro Rosso.