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Lotus unveils E21, aiming for at least third place in Constructors’ Championship


By Berthold Bouman

Lotus unveils E21, aiming for at least third place in Constructors Championship - Photo: Lotus F1During a live broadcast on the team’s YouTube channel, Lotus kicked off the season by presenting their 2013 contender: the Lotus E21. First thing that grabs the attention is the stepped nose, Lotus elected not to cover up the stepped nose although the 2013 regulations allow a ‘vanity’ or ‘modesty’ panel to smooth the nose.

The E21 is an evolution of the E20 and Technical Director James Allison commented, “The rules in 2013 are very, very similar to those in 2012 so you can expect a lot of family resemblance from 2012. But as always in Formula One the devil is in the detail, and the detail of this car adds up to a significance amount of performance. So it’s a mixture: there are some neat new ideas in there and a lot of pushing of the same sort of concepts we have been working on for a few years.”

About being the first team to unveil their car he said, “The whole team here has been working heart and soul on this thing for a long time. But first to launch is nice … there’s a lot that’s go in to it and it’s going to be an exciting car.”

All Photos: Lotus F1

Kimi Raikkonen commented after he unveiled the car together with Romain Grosjean, “We’ve tried to improve on all areas and for sure if we qualify higher up then it will help us win more races. But it’s the whole package which we want to be faster and hopefully we have done that.”

Asked about Lotus’ aim this season Team Principal Eric Boullier said, “Third place is at least an achievement we would like to have this year. We obviously expect to build on the momentum from 2012. Stability in the regulations, both drivers I think more eager than ever and 500 people here at Enstone who delivered quite a nice car and are really keen to do better than 2012. So we will fight everything we can to be in the top three.”

Launch video Lotus E21 by Sky Sports

More reports to follow …

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