Red Bull may have run away with their fourth consecutive team crown on the back of Sebastian Vettel's six successive victories since the summer break, but for the trio behind them there is pride and money at stake.
Just 28 points separates Mercedes in second to Lotus in fourth, with Ferrari sandwiched in the middle, going into the closing stages of the campaign, starting in Abu Dhabi this weekend and followed by the United States and Brazil.
Over the last three races in particular, Lotus have scored 79 points, compared to Mercedes' 46 and Ferrari's 35.
A repeat over the next three would see the Enstone-based marque claim a remarkable second place, and with it around an additional £7million in prize money as opposed to finishing fourth.
"We are pretty well placed to continue fighting for podiums and aiming for that valuable second position in the constructors' championship," said team principal Eric Boullier.
"Our car continues to impress no matter what the circuit, and that we are still able to make improvements to it so late in the season is a real testament to all the great work that goes on at Enstone.
"We'll keep fighting hard until the end of the season and we'll give the other teams some headaches."
It was at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi last year Lotus - as a name in F1 given the various guises the team has undergone - scored their first victory since 1987 courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen.
Team-mate Romain Grosjean, however, is the driver in form with three podiums from his last three races.
With the Frenchman all but confirmed as a Lotus driver for next year, Boullier added: "Romain has moved to another level since the German Grand Prix (in July) in many areas.
"His confidence is strong and he's not affected by setbacks as much as he may have been previously.
"Certainly in India, we as a team made the wrong call with his qualifying strategy and he ended up 17th on the grid. The Romain of old may have let his head drop.
"But we saw in the race that he drove in a very intelligent and measured manner, even when we started having engine problems. It was a very impressive performance."