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FORMULA 1

Lotus F1 Team is proud to present its 2015 challenger; the E23 Hybrid.

Matthew Carter, Lotus F1 Team CEO:
“The E23 Hybrid represents a new era for Lotus F1 Team, not only in the change to a Mercedes Benz Power Unit, but also it is the fruition of a busy winter behind the scenes. Improvements within our Design, Aero and Simulation departments have all contributed to the development of a car which is a huge step forward. As a team we are confident that the new car coupled with additions to the Race team will enable a huge leap forward and we are full of optimism going into the new season. It is time to put the disappointment of last season behind us and benefit from 12 months of hard work; we are ready to return to our rightful place at the pinnacle of the sport.”

Lotus E23 Side
Nick Chester, Lotus F1 Team Technical Director:
“The E23 Hybrid represents a massive step forward for us. It’s no secret that we struggled with last year’s car so we’ve targeted every area that caused us an issue. We’ve made strong progress in the wind tunnel as well as in areas such as packaging and cooling. We expect the E23 to perform far, far better than its predecessor. In terms of what’s new, obviously a massive change for us is a new Power Unit supplier. We made this change as it looked and looks to be the one area of the car which could bring us the greatest performance gain. It’s not just performance, but reliability and driveability as well as packaging and cooling too. The E22 did deliver good figures in the wind tunnel, even if it was difficult to unlock its potential, so we’ve paid more attention to making the characteristics of the car more adaptable. In terms of the suspension, we were delivered something of a blow last year when the front-rear interconnected suspension was outlawed mid-season. The E23’s suspension design is specific to the updated regulations so we’re not trying to update a system originally intended to work a different way. We learnt a lot in many areas of the car over the course of 2014 so there are many lessons which have been applied. We know we’ve made a big step. We won’t know how our car will fare in relative terms until we’re out in action at a Grand Prix, but we certainly expect to be much more competitive than last year.”

Lotus E23 Right Side

F1 Testing Bahrain day 1

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Bahrain Test One - Day 1 - Sakhir, Bahrain

NICO HULKENBERG FASTEST RED BULL STILL IN TROUBLE—

Bahrain Test Report, 19 February 2014
Sahara Force India and Nico Hulkenberg finished at the top of the timesheets after the first day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Day One Statistics:
Chassis: VJM07-01
Laps: 79 laps
Mileage: 428 km
Fastest lap: 1:36.880
Classification: P1
Nico Hulkenberg: “A very positive and satisfying day. We had a busy programme and we learned a lot. Time in the car is very valuable at the moment and so it feels good to cover so many laps and even complete two long runs at the end of the day. That gave me a chance to see how the car behaves and to start getting a feel for it, which was not something I was able to do in Jerez. It’s great that we’ve already done some set-up work and started to improve the drivability of the car. But it’s still very early stages; we are learning with every lap and we face a very steep learning curve in the coming days. ”
Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer:
“Our Bahrain test has got off to a positive start. 79 laps is a good effort and it’s just what we need at this early stage of the VJM07’s development. The aero work this morning ran smoothly with the constant speed runs giving us some aero data we required. In the afternoon we started evaluating the soft and medium tyres, and running through different set-up options – changing ride heights and rebalancing the car. We ended the day with a couple of longer runs on the soft tyres.”  
Test driving schedule
Nico Hulkenberg will be back in the VJM07 tomorrow. Sergio Perez will drive on Friday and Saturday.
RED BULL:
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB10
Laps: 14
Best time: 1:40.224
Circuit length: 5.412km
Fastest Lap: N Hulkenberg (1:36.880)
Infiniti Red Bull Racing today continued its pre-season preparations in Bahrain where Sebastian Vettel put in 14 laps. After a long build this morning, the champion made it out on track, but his progress was ended late in the afternoon by a mechanical issue.
“Obviously we’re not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us. The first gut feeling from the car is OK, but we need more running,” he said. “It’s not easy to find a quick fix, but I think we understand the problems. We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today. However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened. That’s testing. We all knew this year was a massive challenge and we knew it would be difficult. We obviously didn’t want this, but it is what it is and we are working flat out to solve the problems.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum added: “It’s been a very long two weeks for everyone back at the factory and I have to say that while it might not appear so on the surface there has been a big improvement since Jerez. We are obviously playing catch-up and for us this was very much like a first test, so we were sending the car out to do one lap, then two and trying to build from there. In that regard the laps completed were good. However, we were sidelined by a mechanical gremlin but one unrelated to the issues in Jerez. That’s the way of testing. All these problems have to be ironed out and only reveal themselves as you progress. We’ll look at solving that issue now and we’re itching to get out on track again tomorrow.”
Lap times

1. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:36.8

2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:37.8

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:37.9

4. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:38.2

5. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:40.2

6. Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 1:40.4

7. Robin Frijns (Caterham) 1:42.5

8. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1:44.3

9. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:44.8

10. Felipe Massa (Williams); Jules Bianchi (Marussia) no time

Formula 1

Lotus E22 Side

LOTUS F1 REVEALS THEIR NEW E22 AND ANNOUNCES THAT ERIC BOULLIER GOES TO McLAREN AND  LOPEZ TAKES OVER AS TEAM PRINCIPAL—

In order to continue strengthening its management structure, to further increase Genii’s role in the team and to close the gap between its strategic, commercial and sporting activities, Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that its co-Chairman, Gérard Lopez, will combine his position on the board with the role of Team Principal with immediate effect. As a result, the other chairmanship responsibilities will be shared with co-Chairman Andy Ruhan.

The team will announce the arrival of new commercial partners and sponsors when it unveils its 2014 car, the E22, at the beginning of the first Bahrain pre-season test in February. The team will also confirm its organisational structure for 2014 ahead of this test. The team management, car and partner portfolio will illustrate the team’s will and desire to continue its quest to become one of the strongest teams in Formula 1 in every sense.

Gérard Lopez, co-Chairman and Team Principal:
“Lotus F1 Team has never stood still and we head into what promises to be an exciting 2014 season with an innovative new car, new partners and a new management structure at Enstone. Great things have been achieved over the past years and we need to continue this momentum. With this in mind, we are proud to announce that we have concluded an agreement with YotaPhone and its shareholders. YotaPhone shareholders will become important partners to Genii and YotaPhone a sponsor to the Lotus F1 team this year. We thank Eric for all his hard work over the past four years and we are confident we can continue to fight as one of the top teams in Formula 1 over the seasons ahead.”

Formula 1

Pastor

MALDONADO TO LOTUS F1—

Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado [28] will join the Enstone squad alongside Frenchman Romain Grosjean [27] for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

Pastor – a veteran of 58 Grand Prix starts, including pole position and victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix – has driven for Williams F1 Team since entering the sport at the start of the 2011 season.

Romain has raced for Lotus F1 Team since the start of the 2012 season, having previously driven for the Enstone outfit in its former guise of Renault F1 Team during the final seven races of the 2009 season, in addition to serving as third driver for the team in 2011.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal
“It is with great pleasure that we can formally confirm that Romain Grosjean will continue with Lotus F1 Team next season. He has really made the most of his tremendous talent over the latter part of the 2013 season and will be a fantastic asset to our 2014 challenge. Romain will be joined by Pastor Maldonado; a driver I have known since he drove for me at DAMS in the 2005 World Series by Renault season. It is clear that Pastor has pace and potential – demonstrated by his 2010 GP2 Series title success and then through strong races throughout his career at Williams F1 Team – and we are convinced that we will be able to provide the correct environment to enable him to flourish regularly on track. We have been working on our new car in alignment with the new regulations for over two years and we are confident that we have a very good solution to all the challenges ahead. With Romain and Pastor I believe Lotus F1 Team will be able to cause quite a few surprises next year.”

Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team Driver
“I am very happy to have official confirmation that I will be continuing to drive for Lotus F1 Team next season. This past year has been tremendously satisfying for me. We have worked well together, and I know everyone at Enstone is motivated to continue the fight for every last point available. I am very excited about next year’s car and I cannot wait to get out on track for pre-season testing before heading to Australia for the first race of the season.”

Pastor Maldonado, 2014 Lotus F1 Team Driver
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to join Lotus F1 Team for 2014. It’s no secret that I have wanted a change of scene to help push on with my Formula 1 career and Lotus F1 Team offered the very best opportunity for me to be competitive next season. The regulations and cars will change significantly so it is a very good time for a fresh start. I can’t wait to be racing in black and gold.”

Formula 1

Kimi in Sepang 2013

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN TO MISS FINAL TWO RACES OF 2013 SEASON—

Lotus F1 Team can confirm that Kimi Räikkönen will miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season to undergo, and recover from, back surgery.
 
The team will make an announcement about the replacement driver for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix in due course.

Formula 1

2012 Belgian Grand Prix - Thursday

Kimi Räikkönen: “Spa is the greatest racing circuit in the world”

After a strong second position last time out in Budapest, Kimi Räikkönen arrives at one of his very
favourite circuits – where he has four wins already to his name – with everything to play for
You were second in Budapest before the summer break; how good would it be to go one step
better at Spa?

Usually I’ve achieved a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but what has happened there before
doesn’t help me right now. Of course, it doesn’t cause any harm either and it would be great to win at
Spa for a fifth time. Extra points are always good and if you win the race no-one scores more points
than you.
How has your history been at the circuit?

For me there have only been good memories from Spa and it’s great to go racing there. You can’t get
the same kind of a feeling anywhere else. It’s great to race with a modern racing car at a proper circuit
which has such a great tradition.

What are the challenges of the track and should it suit the strengths of the E21?

Spa offers very challenging high-speed corners and you need to get the right set-up for the car. As
we’ve seen so many times this year, a good grid position is extremely important. It will be very
decisive at Spa too, even though it is maybe easier to overtake there than at some other tracks. It’s
crucial to have a good car aerodynamically to tackle the fast corners and it’s a long lap, so to get the
right time you really need to maintain the best rhythm. So much depends on the qualifying result, so
we need to find a decent set-up on Friday and Saturday and have a solid qualifying session on
Saturday afternoon. I don’t know how it will suit our car this year. Last year we were not very strong
there. I think we know the reasons and for sure our car is better this year, but is it good enough to be
fighting for a win? We will see on Sunday.

Why has Spa been so good to you in the past?

Sometimes there are certain circuits where everything seems to run smoothly, and then there are
other circuits where I have no luck at all. Of course, we will do our very best to win this race. I have
been on the top step of the podium a few times at Spa and I want to be there again.

Does this make Spa one of your favourite tracks?

I bet every driver likes Spa. For me it is the greatest racing circuit in the world. It is my favourite place.
I have liked the place since my first ever visit there in 2000 with Formula Renault.

How are you feeling about your championship position?

I am now back in second which was a good way to enter the summer break. I finished ahead of Seb
[Vettel] in Hungary so obviously scored more points than him there. To beat him, we need to be
winning races and if we keep finishing second like we’ve done many times this year it’s probably not
going to be enough for the championship, but you never know what might happen.

Where can improvements be found?

Well, obviously I keep making my life difficult on Saturdays in qualifying so then we pay a price, but
we still have a good car in the race. Now we have tyres that are a little bit different we have to
understand exactly how to use them. We made progress in Budapest so it should be easier in Spa,
but that will be the same for everyone. To win, it’s always better to be starting near the front.

Romain Grosjean: “I’m feeling more and more comfortable”
After ‘the one that got away’ in Budapest, our Frenchman heads to Belgium full of vigour for the race
ahead

What are your thoughts about Spa-Francorchamps?

What a track; it’s fantastic! It’s a superb rollercoaster of a circuit, then there’s the added bonus that
they speak French meaning it’s almost another home race for me after Monaco and Canada. It’s
going to be good. If we have the pace we displayed in Budapest at a more normal circuit with better
overtaking opportunities – and a bit wider track too – then I think good things could well be possible.

How is your feeling with the E21 now you have half a season behind you?

Certainly in the last few races I have felt very good in the car and have been able to push in qualifying
and the race. It’s a good place to be heading into the second half of the season where there are very
good opportunities for some great results.

How do you think the E21 should suit Spa’s challenges?

It should fit our car pretty well. In fact, the second half of the season looks good overall in terms of
how the tracks should suit the E21. Hopefully we’ll have everything we need to win races. I’m looking
forward to it as it’s a special track and I also won the GP2 Series title there in 2011, so it’ll be good for
me to be back there again.

If you could sum up these first ten races, what would you say?

That’s a difficult one, but I guess I’d have to say the word ‘potential’ is the key. For sure we’ve had
some difficult moments and maybe the results haven’t always been what the team deserved, but the
potential for top finishes has always been there.

What’s been your highlight of this year so far?

A much easier question! Not many people know yet, but just after the race in Hungary my little boy
Sacha arrived into the world so I am now a very proud father! On track… well, I would like to say the
pass on Felipe [Massa] in Budapest – which at the time I thought may have been the best of my
career so far – but of course with the penalty I suppose it’s not the same. The podium in Germany
would have to be my next choice; not just because it was a great result for the team, but because we
were genuinely fighting for the win right to the end which was a pretty good feeling.

And on the flip side?

Monaco was not my best weekend, that’s no secret. The pace was there, but for one reason or
another I just didn’t put everything together when really a strong result was definitely achievable. I still
owe the mechanics and composites guys a drink for that; hopefully it will be some victory champagne
later in the season…

How are you feeling heading into the second half of the season?

Very good. We proved in Germany and Hungary that we can compete right at the front of the grid and
I think if we can continue to improve at the same rate we will be looking pretty good for the remaining
nine races. I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car every time I drive it which is certainly a
good sign looking forwards. After our performance in the last few races, I honestly believe my first win
is now just around the corner.