January 28th, 2013 (F1plus Team).- The Enstone based team of Lotus F1, is the first to reveal its machine for the upcoming 2013 Formula 1 season, the E21. Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, team Principal, Eric Boullier and Technical Director James Allison were present at the unveiling.
It’s no secret that Lotus aims to become a top team and to fight for race wins and the championship, and with the E21, they hope they could attain just that.
Kimi Raikkonen brought happiness to the outfit with his victory at Abu Dhabi, but the team –although frequently on the points- wants to make the next step.
Team principal Eric Boullier said: "I think it is fair to say that great things are possible. The leap we made from 2011 to 2012 showed what we are capable of.
"Add to this the continuity and potential of our driver line-up and we have a very powerful cocktail for the season ahead.
"Our ambitious plan to turn ourselves into one of the top teams in Formula 1 is coming to fruition and now we need to harness this with strong and regular podium results.
"We are lean and hungry. Enstone knows how to win championships, but it is a while since we have won so we are very eager to taste glory again."
The E21 is holds a very close resemblance to last year’s car, but technical director James Allison said that in certain key areas, redesign, improvements and changes have been made.
"Depending on where you look, some parts of the new car are a ground-up redesign and in other areas we have further optimized the best bits of the design philosophy we've adopted for several seasons," he said.
"For the rear wing system, we've continued to try to work on having a satisfactory level of rear downforce stability whilst having maximum DRS switching potential."
"The front and rear suspension layouts are substantially revised to try and give us better aerodynamic opportunities. The front wing is a continuation of the concepts we have worked on since the 2009 rules were published.
Lotus decided not to add the 'vanity panel' that is allowed this year to hide the hideous stepped nose until further testing brings information to properly incorporate it.