“Next year, (Infiniti) is paying the Renault engine bill”
Lotus’ technical boss thinks many teams will continue to use ‘step’ noses in 2013.
The first 2013 car to be unveiled on Monday, Enstone based Lotus’ E21 still features the indecorous ‘step’ synonymous with last year’s grid, despite the FIA now allowing teams to please the fans by installing a so-called ‘modesty’ laminate.
The Lotus F1 Team E21 has been unleashed today from the team’s Enstone base in Oxfordshire, England.
The Look of Love – Kimi and Romain Talk E21
You Sexy Thing – Eric Boullier and James Allison Outline the Team’s 2013 Ambitions
Revealed to team partners on site, streamed live on YouTube and broadcast live on Sky Sports News in the UK, the E21 will contest the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with drivers Kimi Räikkönen (E21 n°7) and Romain Grosjean (E20 n°8).
Mark Webber will have a new race engineer this season.
Media reports said the Australian’s long-time regular engineer, Ciaron Pilbeam, is switching to Lotus. Red Bull is replacing him with Lotus’ Simon Rennie, who was Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer in 2012. Rennie has also worked at the Enstone based team since its Renault days, including with Fernando Alonso.
Romain Grosjean has dropped a big hint about Lotus’ 2013 plans, revealing the new Enstone-built single seater will be launched late this month.
Speaking to the French sports news programme Stade 2, the Frenchman also revealed that he and continuing Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen will equally share the twelve days of pre-season testing in February. “The next few weeks for me will be intense training, with the presentation of the new car at the end of the month,” said Grosjean.
’Problem child’ Grosjean keeps Lotus seat
Newly-crowned ROC Champion of Champions Romain Grosjean aims to build on his stunning victory at the Race Of Champions when he returns to Formula 1 in 2013. Lotus, and major sponsor Total, had reportedly considered ousting 26-year-old Frenchman Grosjean in the wake of his often impressive yet tumultuous return to F1 this year.
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