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Live: Lotus E21 launch

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20 comments on “Live: Lotus E21 launch”

  1. It’s going to be good to see what a difference these “modesty panels” will make…lets hope Lotus are going to use/fit one!

    1. For those who haven’t seen the leaked pics yet:

      Lotus E21 images leak before launch

  2. Some of the pitures seem to indicate the lotus won’t have one, it’ll have the step. I reckon most teams will keep the step, saves on development.

  3. This is probably, F1-wise, my favourite time of the year… so many new cars in such a short time! Just enjoying their look (or not enjoying, since 2012) and wondering! And then the tests, with all of their mysteries and their particularities, such as test drivers and late afternoon runnings which make for perfect pictures!

    1. Nick Jarvis (@)
      28th January 2013, 19:10

      5 minutes to go! and i certainly agree, i love the unveiling of the cars.

  4. Davide Valsecchi will be Lotus reserve driver ,the announcement will be this night

    1. @tifosi1989 Then what of D’Ambrosio? What’s your source?

      1. @andrewtanner seems to be pretty much official now, Valsecchi himself shared this link on Facebook with picture of him in the Lotus suits: http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/gallery/pictures/2013/f1/index-uk-pres-lotus-28jan-3.php

        1. Thanks mate @Fixy Phew! D’Ambrosio is still there!

      2. @andrewtanner the Nazionale Piloti page has specified that Valsecchi is third driver whilst d’Ambrosio is reserve driver, and I’m not the only one wondering what the difference is: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=543874918965330&id=115965535089606

  5. no DDRS … was suspecting them to develop it

    1. I mean no device*

  6. Some staggeringly poor questions from the Sky presenter.

    1. Surprised to hear him bring up Hamilton, twice. :]

      1. Pretty terrible that he did. Clearly trying to speak to the average Sunday afternoon fan there, little disappointing.

  7. vuelve kowalsky
    28th January 2013, 19:30

    total decals only on grosjean’s overall!!!

  8. Stupid Sky presenter. Team Lotus car launch and all he could talk about was Hamilton?

    1. @kingshark It was very, very annoying. If they’re going to talk about another driver, might as well make it the incumbent triple world champion.

      1. Indeed @andrewtanner. Now imagine Sky when McLaren present their car. Poor Perez and Button. O_0

        Lewis this, Lewis that, what about Lewis? Sigh.

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