Just four days running and plenty of learning to do in Bahrain with less than a month to go before the Australian Grand Prix. Technical Director Nick Chester gives us the lowdown on the first test in Bahrain and explains how the team is shaping up ahead of the final programme this week. What’s the view following the first test for the team in Bahrain
It’s certainly been a slow start to testing for Romain Grosjean as the E22 made its test debut at the Bahrain International Circuit with a two-day tally of 25 timed-laps as the team and power supply partners Renault Sport F1 try to hone the new regenerative V6 Turbo. What’s your feeling of the new car? The seat feels okay
Romain heads into his third season as race driver for Lotus F1 Team with the confidence and experience to lead the team to greater things. Follow @Lotus_F1Team New season, new rules and new cars; how much of a challenge do you see the coming months to be? New season, new car, news rules – everything it pretty new and our challenge is pretty big
Lotus F1 Team today last Friday its preview teaser to the 2014 season with drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado and the team embracing one of the most difficult technical challenges seen in the sport for a generation. The technical department of Lotus F1 Team ran a development programme for the teaser video car in conjunction with the programme for the team’s 2014 challenger, the E22.
The first day of testing is underway in Jerez, and there’s already plenty to talk about on and off track. We took five with our Technical Director, Nick Chester, to see how the E22 is coming along, and exactly what the team is thinking while looking at the other cars as they roll out for the first time this season.
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 (…) – News
Leading online trading and investment specialist Saxo Bank joins Lotus F1 Team as an Official Business Partner for the 2014 season. Through this partnership, Saxo Bank gains unique access to Lotus F1 Team’s portfolio of partners including Microsoft, Clear and Rexona from Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company. The Lotus F1 Team brand will also be harnessed through Saxo Bank’s promotions.
On Tuesday 21st January at 2PM ET, 1PM CT, 11AMPT, team partner Microsoft Dynamics will be hosting an ERP live conversation, and are giving you the opportunity to get involved. In Formula 1, milliseconds count and teams like ours need to look for every advantage we can find. In our quest to win the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, we set out to transform the way they work together with Microsoft Dynamics, in order to help design and manufacture our performance race cars.
As Enstone gets up to full speed once more following the festive season, Technical Director Nick Chester gives an insight into development of the E22. How is Enstone placed heading into the 2014 season? Our E22 development programme has been ongoing for over two years and it has been illuminating watching it grow.
Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado  will join the Enstone squad alongside Frenchman Romain Grosjean  for the 2014 Formula 1 season Follow @Lotus_F1Team 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 (…) – News
The world community reaffirmed its confidence in the UAE on Wednesday night, approving Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo 2020 Follow @Lotus_F1Team The World Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, as announced by the Bureau International des Exhibitions [BIE] following voting by its member nations. Dubai won the bid in the third round of voting in Paris, beating Russian city Ekaterinburg.
It was a short and not particularly sweet Brazilian Grand Prix for Romain Grosjean, after a spectacular engine failure brought a premature end to his season on just the fourth lap Follow @Lotus_F1Team Tell us about your race? At this point in the season Of course, that’s not the way we wanted to end the year and today was obviously disappointing for everyone as they deserved more from this final race after all their hard work, What are your thoughts of the season? It’s been a fantastic (…) – News
A tricky Brazilian Grand Prix sees a problem with Romain Grosjean’s engine curtailing his race during the early stages, while Heikki Kovalainen finishes in P14 after a difficult first lap. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Grid: P6 Race: DNF Pit Stops: N/A Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Grid: P11 Race: P14 Pit Stops: 2 [View the story "2013 Brazilian GP - Race Report" on Storify] Follow @Lotus_F1Team Check This Out! We just can’t get enough of the artistic stuff
It was a tough afternoon for Heikki Kovalainen at Interlagos; the Finn making a poor getaway and struggling to progress through the field in the final race of 2013 Follow @Lotus_F1Team How was your race? I made some mistakes – probably through lack of routine – but I was anticipating it would be easier to come back and race competitively.
Constantly changing conditions made for something of a moving target in today’s qualifying session, but our Frenchman is determined to round of the 2013 season on a high… Follow @Lotus_F1Team Talk us through your qualifying session That was quite a difficult afternoon. It was tricky to decide which tyre we should use for the final qualifying session and we wanted to try for pole which is why we used the intermediates, but in the end there was probably just a little bit too much water which (…) – News
After a strong showing in each practice session here in São Paulo, Heikki found himself narrowly edged out of contention for the pole position shootout during qualifying; something he’s determined to put right in tomorrow’s race… Follow @Lotus_F1Team It looked like a tricky afternoon for you out there… talk us through it? It’s disappointing not to make the top ten, but . The conditions weren’t ideal, but it’s the same for everybody and there was nothing wrong with the car so I can’t have any (…) – News
Another wet session in Brazil tests all the drivers on track ahead of Qualifying. The Lotus F1 Team boys, however, showed their prowess in the wet by putting the black and gold E21s in P2 and P3 with just four tenths between them, despite only completing 11 laps between them. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: P2 Fastest Lap: 1:28.195 Laps Completed: 5 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: P3 Fastest Lap: 1:28.195 Laps Completed: 6 [View the story “2013 (…) – News
Fourth place on the time sheets in tricky conditions in Brazil made for another impressive start to the weekend for the Finnish maestro, but he’s not getting carried away just yet… Follow @Lotus_F1Team A strong start to your weekend once again; talk us through it… It was useful for me to get some running time in these conditions so I could get a feel for the car in the wet. All in all, it confirmed once again that the car is behaving well. We tried a few setup options and were actually able (…) – News
Another soggy session in Brazil sees Heikki Kovalainen put his black and gold E21 in P4, with Romain Grosjean just seven tenths behind his teammate in P10. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: P10 Fastest Lap: 1:28.891 Laps Completed: 12 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: P4 Fastest Lap: 1:28.129 Laps Completed: 13 [View the story "2013 Brazilian GP - FP2 Report" on Storify] Follow @Lotus_F1Team Check This Out! We just can’t get enough of the artistic (…) – News
Mixed conditions in Interlagos provide a changeable backdrop for the first free practice session. Drivers Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen finish 13th and 9th respectively, with 59 valuable laps in the bank. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: P13 Fastest Lap: 1:26.570 Laps Completed: 28 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: P9 Fastest Lap: 1:26.133 Laps Completed: 31 [View the story "2013 Brazilian GP - FP1 Report" on Storify] Follow @Lotus_F1Team (…) – News
burn Yard™ – a seminal component of the Formula 1 circuit this year – is set to stage an explosive celebration to mark the close of the 2013 Formula 1 season on Sunday 24th November in São Paulo Follow @Lotus_F1Team Hundreds of Electronic Dance Music fans, street art aficionados and Formula 1 supporters are set to unite at Paço das Artes in São Paulo, with some of Brazil’s biggest and best DJs and street artists currently working furiously to deliver the brand of spectacle we’ve come to expect (…) – News
We hear from Race Drivers Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen to gather their thoughts on what’s to come in São Paulo Follow @Lotus_F1Team Check out what Romain and Heikki had to say when we caught up with them for a quick chat on Thursday afternoon in Brazil: Romain Grosjean: “It’s my last chance to get a win this season and i’ll be pushing all the way” Heikki Kovalainen: “Interlagos is challenging and unpredictable; you have to be ready for anything” Follow @Lotus_F1Team Check This (…) – News
For the final time in 2013, it’s time to buckle up for the [slowest] ride of your life as we take on one of the most iconic, challenging and downright awesome tracks in the world; Interlagos… Follow @Lotus_F1Team [View the story "2013 Brazilian GP - The Interlagos Track Walk" on Storify] Follow @Lotus_F1Team Check This Out! We just can’t get enough of the artistic stuff!
As we prepare to draw the curtain on the V8 Formula 1 era, Technical Director Nick Chester gives us the lowdown on the radical regulation changes for 2014, and assesses the challenges which lay therein… Follow @Lotus_F1Team What are the main changes in terms of the regulations for next season? There are just so many it’s hard to know where to begin! Obviously, the engine is the big one; moving from the incumbent V8 unit which we’ve known and worked with for so long to a 1.6 litre, direct (…) – News
After quite some season for the Enstone outfit, Lotus F1 Team Principal Eric Boullier looks forward to the final race of 2013 Follow @Lotus_F1Team It’s been quite some year; how are you approaching the final race of 2013? . We head to the race in fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship but with third still mathematically possible. You never know what can happen in this sport, so we’re going all out to score everything we can
After a standout performance in Austin, Romain Grosjean looks ahead to the season finale at Interlagos hoping to end the year on a high Follow @Lotus_F1Team Tell us about Interlagos; is it a track you like? It’s a fantastic track; there’s really no part of it that isn’t great. It suits my driving style so I’m really looking forward to it.
EMC launches VNX5400 Lotus F1 Team Limited Edition, in addition to dedicated microsite promoting flourishing technical partnership with the Enstone squad Follow @Lotus_F1Team Inspired by Formula 1 performance, EMC and Lotus F1 Team bring you this special edition storage system sporting the Lotus F1 Team emblem and colours. It provides VNX5400 data storage preconfigured with flash storage and the VNX FAST Suite. VNX5400 unified storage systems make the most of flash to accelerate (…) – News
Romain Grosjean stormed through the pack after a dramatic start to the 2013 United States Grand Prix, securing his sixth podium of the season and his highest position so far in P2. Heikki Kovalainen had a tricker race, finishing in 15th. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Grid: P3 Race: P2 Pit Stops: 1 [Lap 30] Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Grid: P8 Race: P15 Pit Stops: 2 [Lap 17 / 31] [View the story "2013 United States GP - Race Report" on Storify] Follow (…) – News
Lotus F1 Team side-pods to feature Dubai Expo 2020 logo as it throttles down the Circuit of the Americas in Austin at the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, in Dubai’s bid message to reach over 250 million people across the world Follow @Lotus_F1Team Global property developer Emaar Properties PJSC – Official Partner of Lotus F1 Team – has joined forces with Genii Capital – the owners of the Lotus F1 Team – to promote the Dubai Expo 2020 bid to a global audience on the Lotus F1 Team cars (…) – News
After a highly promising start to the weekend, it would eventually prove a somewhat subdued race return for Heikki as the chequered flag fell at the Circuit of the Americas; leaving the Finn determined to bounce back at the final round in São Paulo…. Follow @Lotus_F1Team A tough day all round it seems; talk us through it? My start wasn’t great.
A third top-three qualifying performance from the last six races leaves our Frenchman feeling rather positive heading into tomorrow’s Texas showdown, with the podium firmly in his sights… Follow @Lotus_F1Team An unpredictable qualifying session here in Texas; talk us through it It was a strange afternoon as the conditions were changing constantly. We managed to go through Q1 on the hard tyre which was not the plan initially, but it was a nice surprise and gave us options for the two (…) – News
A nail biting qualifying with an ever evolving track saw Lotus F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen place their cars in P3 and P8 respectively for the grid of the 2013 US GP. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: Q1 – P10 / Q2 – P5 / Q3 – P3 Best Time: Q1 – 1:38.676 / Q2 – 1:37.523 / Q3 – 1:37.155 Laps Completed: Q1 – 7 / Q2 – 4 / Q3 – 6 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: Q1 – P7 / Q2 – P10 / Q3 – P8 Best Time: Q1 – 1:38.375 / Q2 – 1:38.078 / Q3 – (…) – News
Another 41 laps banked for Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen during the final Free Practice of the 2013 United States Grand Prix. Romain keeps the E21 at the sharp end of the grid in 5th place, with Heikki just 5 tenths off his team mate in P13. Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: P5 Fastest Lap: 1:37.345 Laps Completed: 20 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: P13 Fastest Lap: 1:37.879 Laps Completed: 21 [View the story “2013 United States GP – FP3 (…) – News
A successful first day in the E21 saddle for Heikki Kovalainen sees the Finn right up at the sharp end heading into qualifying Follow @Lotus_F1Team Did your first day on track this weekend live up to expectations? I didn’t know what to expect to be honest as there was such a short build-up to coming here and I’ve been pretty busy since Tuesday evening. Overall we’ve had a pretty good day without any issues and the car has has a reasonably good balance straight-away, so we’ve been able to (…) – News
After an interrupted start to the United States Grand Prix weekend, our Frenchman is happy with the first day’s track action and confident heading into tomorrow’s qualifying session Follow @Lotus_F1Team How do you assess your day? Not the perfect day to be honest as we took a little bit of time to get the setup right, but at the end of the day the long run pace was pretty good and I was much happier with the car. It’s not an easy circuit and the surface has changed quite a bit from last year (…) – News
We’re back on track to complete the first day’s running in Austin and drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Romain Grosjean hit the road for FP2. With the full session ahead, it’s time to get some serious track time ahead of the 2013 United States Grand Prix… Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: P8 Fastest Lap: 1:38.255 Laps Completed: 33 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: P5 Fastest Lap: 1:38.073 Laps Completed: 41 [View the story “2013 United States GP – FP2 (…) – News
A stop / start first Free Practice session in Austin means that time for drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Romain Grosjean is limited, however there’s still plenty do during the first day of the United States 2013 Grand Prix weekend… Follow @Lotus_F1Team Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Position: P11 Fastest Lap: 1:39.238 Laps Completed: 13 Heikki Kovalainen, E21-05 Position: P13 Fastest Lap: 1:39.487 Laps Completed: 18 [View the story "2013 USA Grand Prix - FP1 Report" on Storify] (…) – News
We hear from Race Drivers Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen to gather their thoughts on what’s to come at the Circuit of the Americas Follow @Lotus_F1Team Check out what Romain and Heikki had to say when we caught up with them for a quick chat on Thursday afternoon in Austin: Romain Grosjean: “We come to every race aiming for a win; nothing is impossible here” Heikki Kovalainen: “It’s exciting times for me; i’m really looking forward to the next two races” Follow @Lotus_F1Team (…) – News