SPANISH Grand prix
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11/12/13 OCTOBER 2013
22/23/24 NOVEMBER 2013
Up for the Fight
Kimi Räikkönen Q&A
The Missing Ingredient
Romain Grosjean Q&A
No Secret Formula
Eric Boullier Q&A
James Allison Q&A
Tech Talk: An Engineer’s Guide to
the Circuit de Catalunya
Burn Yard Live
Partner Perspective: burn
Facts, Figures and all the
Latest from Enstone
Look Who’s Talking
Social Media Activation
Reporting for Duty
KIMI RÄIKKÖnen Race Driver #7
Drivers’ Championship position P2 (67 points) • Closest Championship rivals S. Vettel, P1 (77 points), L. Hamilton, P3 (50 points)
Gap to Championship Leader 10 points (S. Vettel)
Let’s hope I’m
happier in Spain
After taking his third podium finish of the year in Bahrain, our Iceman looks
forward to racing closer to home with the start of the European season
Yourself and the team currently occupy P2 in both
the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships;
are you pleased with how things are going?
For sure it’s an okay start and we’re in a better position
that this time last year, but there’s a long season
ahead and it’s too early to say if we can fight for the
Championships right to the end. It’s going to be hard to
catch Sebastian [Vettel] if he keeps taking good results
so we need to start taking more points from him, but
you never know what can happen. We’ll keep pushing to
improve the car and see where we end up.
What’s required to bridge that gap to P1?
Some more wins! To catch the leaders, we have to work
twice as hard as they are. It’s no secret that we want more
speed from the car in qualifying; it’s so tight up there at
the front and we really need to be on the first two rows to
fight for victories every time. It’s good to be able to start
the European season where we are as this is when you see
teams starting to push on with lots of new parts for the
cars. It’s still early days, but to have scored strong points
since the start of the year is obviously better than not
having them. We need to keep scoring points in the same
way; even if it’s a bad weekend for us, we need to keep
finishing as well as we can. That’s how we will fight to the
end of the season.
How is the Circuit of Catalunya for you?
I have won twice in Barcelona and I was on the podium
there last year too, so I really look forward to going there
again; hopefully to end the weekend with another good
result. It’s a circuit where you have to get everything
exactly right to be at the top. All the teams have tested
many times at this circuit, so to get an advantage there is
not very easy. The set-up is crucial as the track changes
with the wind and temperature so there’s plenty of work
for the engineers too.
Is it good to be racing in Europe again?
I really like racing in Europe. We don’t have to travel that
far so all your energy is saved for the weekend itself.
Traditionally the real season starts when coming back to
Europe. For me, it’s great.
The Circuit de Catalunya is the only circuit at
which you’ve tested the E21 so far; does that help
That’s true, but you have to remember that was at the end
of February and the beginning of March so conditions were
very different compared to what we hope to see in May. It
was very difficult to get the tyres working properly when
we were last there, but it was the same for everybody. We
all start from zero again in FP1.
The team didn’t get so much mileage at Barcelona
during testing, but reliability doesn’t seem
to be so much of a concern now the season is
I didn’t have that many laps there in testing as there were
problems with the car and I also missed a day as I was
unwell. That said, me and the team know the track pretty
well so I don’t think we’ll be too surprised about which
way the track goes or what setup to use on the car. Even
though I didn’t get a lot of mileage in pre-season, the main
thing was I felt good in the car the whole time. Our car
seems to be good at every circuit so far…
You were quite reserved after the podium finish
in Bahrain; were you happy with the result?
You’re never really happy if you don’t win, but I suppose
second place is as close as you can get. We could maybe
have been a few places higher in in qualifying which would
have made things easier, but I drove to the maximum and
luckily we found the pace in the car that was missing in
qualifying. Let’s hope I’m happier in Spain.
there’s a long season
ahead and it’s too
early to say if we
can fight for the
right to the end
Romain Grosjean Race Driver #8
Drivers’ Championship position P7 (26 points) • Closest Championship rivals F. Massa, P6 (30 points); P. di Resta, P8 (20 points)
Gap to Championship Leader 51 points (S. Vettel)
I have the tools
at my disposal
After his first podium appearance of the season in Bahrain,
our man in car #8 sees no reason why top points finishes
can’t become a familiar state of play
I’m feeling much more
at home with the car and
I hope that there will
be many successes to
come in 2013
After a start to the season which fell short of your
high expectations, why did everything come good
It’s no secret that before Bahrain my feeling hasn’t been
right with the car. It wasn’t the chassis, the aero or
anything like that, but we took a while to get everything to
my liking and that’s been frustrating. We managed to put
our finger on the issue and I feel much more comfortable
now. I really had a good sensation behind the wheel on
Sunday in Bahrain, and a podium position at the end of the
race was the result. I could put the car more or less where
I wanted which is all you want as a driver. Third place was
a deserved reward for everyone after all our hard work.
How good was it to get that podium after your
tough start to the year?
The race was really enjoyable with a lot of overtaking.
There were a couple of tense moments where maybe
things got a little too close, but it was a lot of fun! To come
from P11 through to the podium is really satisfying. I saw
P4 on the board and Paul [di Resta] was not too far ahead,
so I thought “come on, this is the podium, let’s go!” I knew
I had fresher tyres but it wasn’t easy as I had to push
but at the same time look after them, which is hard for a
driver when you have another car in your sights. Luckily
we managed to get past near the end, pull out a small gap
and maintain it until the flag!
How do you feel the E21 is evolving?
We’ve been able to see progress with the lap times so we
know that the upgrades being brought in are working. Last
year’s car was already very competitive – we achieved a
total of 10 podiums in 2012 – so it’s good to see the team
has retained and developed the best performing areas of
the 2012 car for the E21. For me, after Bahrain, I’m feeling
much more at home with the car and I hope that there will
be many successes to come in 2013.
What are your thoughts on the topic of tyre
Tyre management has always been part of the qualifying
and race strategy. I don’t know about others, I just know
that I always push as much as I can to obtain the best
result possible. Of course, if you drive a certain way or
adapt yourself you can get more out of the tyres than if
you don’t, but that’s just part of being a racing driver; you
always have to adapt to extract maximum performance.
What will be the key to a good weekend in Spain?
In Barcelona it will be important to qualify well as it will be
much harder to overtake than in Bahrain. As a team, this
is an area where we can still improve a little bit, but we
have some ideas of how to do that and hopefully we’ll be
able to make the front row.
What are your thoughts on the Circuit de Catalunya?
Everyone knows Barcelona very well from testing. The
first four corners which make up the first sector are pretty
fast, then there’s the slow final sector with between turns
10-15. Out of turn 15 you need a good rear end of the car
with strong traction. It’s important not to overheat your
rear tyres and managing degradation will be important –
even with the harder tyres which are now allocated – as
when you reach high degradation levels on your tyres you
are nowhere on lap time. Tyre management will still be
the key area for a good performance in the race.
What do you need to keep getting podium results?
To keep finishing in front of the competition! We’ve had
consistency already, finishing every race in the points,
but now it’s the big results we’re chasing and getting the
car as I want it has been a vital ingredient. Now I have
the tools that I want at my disposal I can really push. In
some ways you can say my season starts now! My podium
in Bahrain was a very good start to that challenge. If we
keep working the way we have been so far this season as a
team I’m sure we can achieve great things.
Eric boullier TEam principal
Constructors’ Championship position P2 (93 points) • Closest Championship rivals Red Bull, P1 (109 points); Ferrari, P3 (77 points)
Gap to Championship Leader 16 points (Red Bull)
We always want to win and
our podium successes this
year seem to have made
us all the more hungry to
taste the champagne
“ We must not
Coming to Europe with second position in both the Constructors’ and
Drivers’ Championship shows that Lotus F1 Team is performing well,
but it’s no time for complacency says Team Principal Eric Boullier
The team currently holds P2 in both
championships; what’s the secret to
sustaining that challenge?
The secret? Good strategy, a good car and
two good drivers! Achieving a one-off result
is one thing, but keeping momentum is a
far bigger challenge and I’m pleased to
say we’re doing a great job of that so far
this year. It’s such a finely balanced and
competitive season. If we look to our most
recent race in Bahrain, on Saturday it looked
like maybe we had lost our edge having
qualified below expectations. Fortunately,
we were always confident in our race pace
and that confidence proved to be well
The race in Bahrain was a pretty
special one for the team: do you ever
get a feeling of déjà vu?
It was just like in 2012! Having Kimi second
and Romain third was a great result, but just
like in 2012 there was Sebastian [Vettel] on
the top step. This year’s result was much
more difficult, especially after our qualifying
performance, but we showed flashes of pace
throughout the weekend and confirmed that
speed when it mattered in the race. To come
away with a double podium when the top
six would maybe have been a more realistic
pre-race target was a great performance
from everybody involved. There was a pretty
special feeling in the race team and that was
just magnified when I got back to Enstone
to see everyone in the factory. It was a welldeserved
Kimi is right there in the Drivers’
Kimi is a fantastic driver and you can never
rule him out in any race. In Bahrain, he
drove a strong race to manage the tyres and
was comfortable in second by the chequered
flag. In Australia he won the race and said
it was one of his easiest wins. We want to
ensure he has more easy races in the future.
How pleasing was it to see Romain
back on the podium?
Very. Consistency has been there already
for him in the first three races, but I think
fighting at the front again will come as a big
relief to him after a difficult start to the year.
His season really starts now.
What’s been the secret to unlocking
We sat down with Romain to assess where
things weren’t quite working and the team
did a good job to find a few little things which
helped him get back that positive feeling
with the car again. He clearly enjoyed every
second on track in last race – making a solid
start and pulling off some strong overtaking
moves – and I think that enjoyment showed
in his performance.
When could the next win come for the
We always want to win and our podium
successes this year seem to have made us
all the more hungry to taste the champagne.
We know we are facing other equally
competitive teams and only one team and
driver get to stand on the top step at each
event. Of course, it would be fantastic to
start our European season with a win.
There’s always a lot of talk about the
development battle; are you confident
the team can match the pace of
improvement of the other teams?
This is just another aspect of the sport.
We have a strong development programme
for the E21 and I’m confident we can
continue to improve it through the year, just
as we did with the E20 before it. Most teams
tend to bring a fairly major upgrade package
to the first European race of the season
and we’ll be no exception. I’m very pleased
with how the development of the this car is
progressing and I think there’s plenty more
to come from us.
There was a pretty
special feeling in the
race team and that
was just magnified
when I got back
to Enstone to see
everyone in the
factory. It was a welldeserved
JAMES ALLISON TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
“ We head to Spain hopeful
of a good race”
After a double podium in Bahrain, Lotus F1 Team Technical
Director James Allison looks optimistically towards
Barcelona; a circuit with many similarities to the successful
hunting ground of Sakhir…
It’s a circuit that
challenges the tyres
which has been a
strength of the E21
What’s the technical view heading to the
first European race of the season?
We’re pretty well placed. Barcelona is similar in
many regards to Bahrain; it’s hard on the tyres
with some challenging fast stuff thrown in. It’s
not so obviously rear-limited as Bahrain, but is
nevertheless a circuit that challenges the tyres
which has been a strength of the E21 thus far.
That said, the start of the so-called European
season – where many teams unleash a raft of
their latest upgrades – could shake up the order
Talking of developments; what do
we have in the upgrade cupboard for
Nothing revolutionary, but plenty which should
help us go faster. We have new front wing
endplate detailing, new aero around the rear
drums, modifications to the diffuser and a
different top rear wing so there’s plenty to help
keep us in the hunt.
The tyre allocation for Barcelona is
different from the past two seasons and
the hard compound has been revised:
We’ve used Pirelli’s hard and soft compounds for
the last few years, so we were slightly surprised
to see them opt for the more conservative hard
and medium this season; albeit with the hard
compound revised from what we have been using
so far in 2013. The new hard is akin to last year’s
rubber; giving its best grip at lower temperatures
than the one we started the year with and being
more in line with the working range of the other
compounds in use this season. It should work
well for us in the race and the gap between
option and prime in qualifying should be smaller
than in previous years, giving more choices about
how to tackle Q1 and Q2.
What are the performance
considerations for this race?
Spain is certain to be cooler than Bahrain, but
it’s not that dissimilar. It’s a circuit where the
outcome of the race isn’t only determined by
whether you’re on pole position, but rather by a
combination of how far up the grid you are, how
good your car is on race pace, how you manage
the tyres and your race strategy. In pre-season
we did one of the best race simulation runs at the
final Barcelona test. but it’s always difficult to tell
what everyone’s doing in testing and that was a
good few months ago now.
It’s fair to say that the teams are pretty
familiar with Barcelona: how does this
The familiarity means you’re not hunting around
for things like ride heights, weight distributions,
aero balance or roll stiffness as you know
roughly where you want to be and it’s a matter
of fine tuning rather than finding your feet from
scratch. That said, we know all of the circuits
What went wrong in qualifying in
We didn’t manage to reproduce our Q2 time and
although Kimi felt he’d produced a decent lap.
It’s so close at the front that just the smallest
margin can make that difference; a slight
temperature difference from the track, a small
variation between sets of tyres, a change in wind
direction or force, or the way a driver prepares
the tyres on the out-lap can all be a factor.
Fortunately it was at a track where the net result
was unchanged; a podium looked possible from
the front row or elsewhere.
Romain had a much better race in
Bahrain – can this be sustained?
We’re confident that the step forward in Bahrain
was genuine, and is something we can continue
in future races to allow Romain to show what
What can we realistically expect in
With our pre-season form at the circuit and our
reasonably useful showing at all four races so far
this season, we head to Spain hopeful of a good
We’ll only be
properly happy as
a team when we’ve
got both our cars up
where they need to
be, and that’s really
the main focus now.
SPAIN TECH TALK
10/11/12 MAY 2013
REAR WING Similar levels of downforce are
required to Bahrain, which itself runs a little bit
higher than Shanghai. A reasonably long straight
means an effective DRS system helps, despite the
straight not being nearly as long as that seen in
BRAKES There are no real issues at all with
braking here. The demands are not particularly
heavy and we know what to expect having tested
here earlier in the year. It will be a case of tuning
our front and rear ducts to achieve the correct
temperatures for best braking performance, with
no particular concerns over wear.
FRONT WING Sufficient front wing is needed
to eliminate understeer through the first and final
SUSPENSION It’s a track we know well from
testing, but the main difference for the race
is that track temperatures are much higher,
meaning the tyres will work differently. Setups
used in winter testing to make the tyres warm up
faster will not be needed. There is no particular
kerb usage meaning the car can run lower than
otherwise. Turn 16 is the essential corner; if you
have a good car through here it will maximise
your run down the long straight. In qualifying it’s
pretty much flat out but with high fuel and a bit of
tyre degradation it becomes a little trickier.
ENGINE Good driveability from the engine is
needed, particularly through the lower speed
corners in the second half of the lap.
CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA
AN ENGINEER’S VIEW
T he high speed T urn 3 and tighter T urn 4
put a lot of stress through the tyres,
especially the front left.
Braking downhill into this
corner makes it very easy to
lock the inside front tyres as
the road falls away from the
A quick part of the circuit
with swift change of
direction. Good pace exiting
T urn 2 is important before
setting a good line heading
into the very quick T urn 3.
T he approach to T urn 1 is one
of the few corners on the
track where overtaking is
TYRES Pirelli’s P Zero white medium and orange hard
tyres will be nominated. Barcelona can be tough on tyres
due to the circuit layout and track surface abrasion, while
the long, fast Turn 3 puts a particularly heavy load on the
front left tyre. Turn 5 can present a risk of locking the
front tyres through a combination of braking and turning
into the corner as the road falls away from the car. It’s
worth noting also that Pirelli have changed to a new hard
compound which is closer to that used last season.
7 286 0.4
5 250 0.5
3 141 3.0 7 309 0.3
Start / Finish Straight:
Although not one of the longest
straights on the calendar,
effective DRS will notably
assist overtaking here.
A challenging uphill sequence.
5 246 0.8
3 145 3.1
A more technical part of the track with some big kerbs,
which drivers are advised to avoid. T he car is not set-up
to use these kerbs.
7 290 0.5
It is essential to have a good car through
T urn 16 to maximise your run down the long
straight. In qualifying it’s pretty much taken
flat out, but with high fuel and a bit of tyre
degradation it becomes a little trickier.
GEAR 5 234 3.2
5 245 0.8
4 212 3.3
T he slowest corner on the track; taken in
first or second gear on high fuel before a wide
exit into T urn 11 which is taken flat out.
T urn 10 is a good tests of the car’s traction.
PARTNER Perspective BURN
Tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind
the artwork for this event and how Formula 1 and
burn has inspired your art?
I grew up in an industrial environment and I’ve always
drawn my creativity from this world; my inspiration and
style is informed by the factories, hydroelectric plants,
chimneys and cranes that dominate this landscape. In
many ways my style mirrors that of the Lotus F1 Team car.
As with the murals I create, it is about detail and precision;
small parts coming together to create something whole
and beautiful. It’s also about creativity and passion;
aspects which are very much a part of burn, Formula 1
and my art. The artwork I’m creating will be a reflection
of my style, but it will focus on the cars and the drivers as
canvases. The art will make the car come alive even more
than before. When you paint on a building, it gives the
building a second life and painting the car this will give it a
On 9th May 2013, burn – the leading
energy drink from The Coca-Cola
Company – is taking a unique approach
to their sponsorship of Lotus F1 Team
by introducing an exciting new event to
the Formula 1 calendar by the name of
‘burn yard live’.
The event – the first in a series – will be taking place at
the Astilleros shipyards on the shores of Barcelona’s
Mediterranean coast. The event will see burn bring
together a collective of leading innovators from the worlds
of art, music and sport to create a groundbreaking fusion
of youth culture.
One of the key highlights of the event will see M-City – a
street artist renowned globally for his giant monochrome
murals – take an unusual canvas in the form of a Lotus F1
Team show car and apply a series of bespoke artwork live
in front of an audience.
M-City is also working closely with burn to create a
series of unique images that will be used on everything
from limited edition cans to a giant shipping container that
will take the Lotus F1 Team show car on tour around the
Here, the man himself talks to us more about his
artwork, his partnership with burn and his unusual guest
helper during the event.
You’re used to working on a much larger scale,
some of your murals reaching up to 85 metres
long; how do you feel about painting the Lotus F1
It’s an inspiring canvas. The concept behind burn yard
is all about fusing and inspiring creativity and pushing
the creative boundaries to inspire others and this should
certainly do that. I’m looking forward to getting started on
the car; it’s much smaller than my usual works of art and
something different to take me out of my comfort zone.
How will you create the art for the car?
My murals are created through stencilling, so for this
project I’m creating a series of intricate stencils that draw
parallels from the Formula 1 world. I’ve been inspired by
the intricacies of the mechanics of the sport, the design,
the energy and seeing into the future and have used this
to create a series of detailed images that I will spray paint
onto the car.
How long is it going to take to create this
It will take me two and a half days to complete the car. At
the end of the process, I’ve got a very special guest from
Lotus F1 Team – driver Kimi Räikkönen – coming along to
help me put the final piece of the design to the car. It will
be really cool to collaborate with him.
What do you think about burn’s philosophy that
the art should inspire creativity within others?
If the kids want to paint, they should paint. I want them to
be inspired by my work, to pick up a spray can and spray
for themselves. I do workshops with kids back in Poland,
and my advice is if you want to do something, just focus
your mind on that and you can do it. If you want to paint,
you must paint all the time. Also, don’t be so quick to
jump in to the professional arena; stand back, maintain
your individuality and develop your passion and own
unique style. It’s all about creativity and self-expression
and that’s what Burn stands for.
facts, figures and THE LATEST NEWS FROM ENSTONE
Bienvenido a Enstone
With Barcelona looming large on the horizon,
preparations began at Enstone in a rather different way
last week as the factory played host to 120 guests from
the Spanish arm of Official Partner ‘burn’.
Taking in a tour of the facility, the crowd heard
from Spanish speaking team members to discover
more about life as a Formula 1 employee, pushed
their reactions to the limit in the pit stop and batak
challenges, and played out their racing ambitions on
the team simulators & scaletrix set.
The Oxfordshire countryside may not hold quite the
same glamour and style as you’ll find amongst Gaudi’s
Catalan creations, but we can still put on one heck of a
Longest full throttle burst
at the start/finish straight (m)
Distance from start
line to first corner (m)
Thriller in Manila
The Lotus F1 Team Formula 1 roadshow is all set to hit the
streets of Manila during the weekend of 4th – 5th May 2013.
Fans and media alike will have
the opportunity to witness firsthand
the immense power, perfect
precision and rasping noise of the
most advanced racing machines
ever conceived, as Third Driver
Davide Valsecchi and local star
Marlon Stockinger – currently
enrolled on the Lotus F1 Junior
Team programme – put on an allaction
show for the crowd.
With rows of stalls, pit stop
challenges and appearances from
the two drivers adding to the tyre
smoking, donut making action, it’s
all set to be a fantastic weekend.
Images, quotes and much more
from the event will be available
via the team’s website and social
media feeds early on the following
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speed at T9 (km/h)
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