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SPANISH Grand prix

10/11/12 MAY 2013

BARCELONA

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2013 fiA

formula

one

world

championship

round 1

AUSTRALIAN

Grand prix

15/16/17 March 2013

MELBOURNE

round 2

MALAYSIAN

Grand prix

22/23/24 March 2013

SEPANG

round 3

CHINESE

Grand prix

12/13/14 APRIL 2013

SHANGHAI

round 4

BAHRAIN

Grand prix

19/20/21 APRIL 2013

SAKHIR

round 5

SPANISH

Grand prix

10/11/12 MAY 2013

BARCELONA

round 6

Monaco

Grand prix

23/25/26 MAY 2013

MONTE CARLO

round 7

CANADIAN

Grand prix

7/8/9 JUNE 2013

MONTREAL

PREVIEW 2013

round 8

BRITISH

Grand prix

28/29/30 JUNE 2013

SILVERSTONE

rouNd 9

GERMAN

Grand prix

5/6/7 JULY 2013

NURBURGRING

round 10

HUNGARIAN

Grand prix

26/27/28 JULY 2013

BUDAPEST

round 11

BELGIAN

Grand prix

23/24/25 AUGUST 2013

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

round 12

ITALIAN

Grand prix

6/7/8 SEPTEMBER 2013

MONZA

round 16

INDIAn

Grand prix

25/26/27 OCTOBER 2013

NEW DELHI

round 13

SINGAPORE

Grand prix

20/21/22 SEPTEMBER 2013

round 17

ABU DHABI

Grand prix

1/2/3 NOVEMBER 2013

YAS MARINA

round 14

KOREAN

Grand prix

4/5/6 OCTOBER 2013

YEONGAM

round 18

UNITED STATES

Grand prix

15/16/17 NOVEMBER 2013

AUSTIN

round 15

JAPANESE

Grand prix

11/12/13 OCTOBER 2013

SUZUKA

round 19

BRAZILIAN

Grand prix

22/23/24 NOVEMBER 2013

INTERLAGOS

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Up for the Fight

Kimi Räikkönen Q&A

The Missing Ingredient

Romain Grosjean Q&A

No Secret Formula

Eric Boullier Q&A

Familiar Ground

James Allison Q&A

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Battling Barcelona

Tech Talk: An Engineer’s Guide to

the Circuit de Catalunya

Burn Yard Live

Partner Perspective: burn

Inside Line

Facts, Figures and all the

Latest from Enstone

Look Who’s Talking

Social Media Activation

Reporting for Duty

Media Contacts


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

matters?

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

underway?

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

Championships

right to the end

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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

in Bahrain?

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

management?

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.

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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

be complacent”

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

placed.

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

result.

Kimi is right there in the Drivers’

Championship battle...

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

his pace?

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

team?

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

result.

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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

thus far

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

somewhat.

Talking of developments; what do

we have in the upgrade cupboard for

Catalunya?

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:

your thoughts?

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

affect things?

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

pretty well…

What went wrong in qualifying in

Bahrain?

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

he’s got.

What can we realistically expect in

Barcelona?

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

race.

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.

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SPAIN TECH TALK

round 5

SPANISH

Grand prix

10/11/12 MAY 2013

BARCELONA

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

China.

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

turns.

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

car.

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

possible

T3

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.

T2

T5

T1

7 286 0.4

T6

2

5 250 0.5

T8

T7

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.

T4

5 246 0.8

3 145 3.1

T9

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.

1

T12

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

SPEED (km/h)

G-FORCE

KERS ACTIVATED

DRS ZONES

5 245 0.8

T11

3

T10

T14

T13

T15

T16

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.

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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

second life.

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

world.

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

Team car?

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

artwork?

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.

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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

show…

1100

Longest full throttle burst

at the start/finish straight (m)

740

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

Monday.

320 240

Top speed (km\h) Highest apex at

speed at T9 (km/h)

68

Lowest apex at

speed at T10 (km/h)

62

% of lap at

full throttle

36

Total straight

per lap (%)

18

Percentage of lap

spent braking (%)

3.5

Highest G-Force

at T3 for five seconds

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Media Resources & Activities

Keep up to speed with all the latest updates from the

paddock and back at our Enstone base wiTH the full range of

Lotus F1 Team online tools; more information about which can

be found below:

SOCIAL MEDIA

IN ACTION

There may have been a reasonable

break between rounds four and five

of the 2013 season, but the digital

community never sleeps! The latest

feature to hit the Lotus F1 Team website

takes the form of an all-new facts and

figures section, guaranteed to keep the

stat-happy fan entertained for at least five

whole minutes…

Twitter has seen perhaps the most

engaging activity during the recent

down-time; a particular highlight coming

in the form of a fan Q&A with our very

own Romain Grosjean. A truly weird

and wonderful selection of questions

came flooding in using the #AskRomain

hashtag, to which the man himself gave

some equally entertaining and typically

honest responses (click here to read in full:

http://bit.ly/ZOBkb0)

Facebook and Google+ have brought a

combination of the humorous, informative

and emotional of late; hitchhiking McLaren

parts, web feature promotions and tributes

to the late, great Ayrton Senna all part of the

blend.

Rounding things up on a more artistic note,

Pinterest and Instagram brought the Bahrain

Grand Prix to life in a flourish of technicolour,

with the classic mix of behind-the-scenes

shots, scenic views and on-track action giving

fans a taste of life on the road.

As we head on now to the cultural cocktail that

is Barcelona, there’s sure to be plenty of bright

and brilliant promotions in the pipeline, so stay

tuned…

Media Resources

Our media portal contains a full library of team press releases, race previews,

fact files, audio recordings, high resolution rights free images and more. For

access to the media centre and subscription to our press release list, please email

pressoffice@lotusf1team.com

Website / Social Media

Available via your desktop, tablet or mobile device, the Lotus F1 Team website

is your first source for all the latest news from the team in addition to driver /

management profiles, season updates and much, much more.

Complemented by a host of social media feeds – bringing you everything from live

session updates to behind-the-scenes images – there have never been more ways

to keep in touch with the team.

We look forward to sharing the season ahead with you!

Website www.lotusf1team.com

Twitter twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team

Facebook facebook.com/LotusF1Team

Google+ bit.ly/SSSelC

YouTube youtube.com/LotusF1Team

Instagram instagram.com/LotusF1Team

Pinterest pinterest.com/LotusF1Team

LinkedIn linkedin.com/company/lotus-f1-team

Stephane Samson

Head of Team Marketing and Communications

stephane.samson@lotusf1team.com

Clarisse Hoffmann

Senior Press Officer

+44 (0) 7747 468 273

clarisse.hoffmann@lotusf1team.com

Andy Stobart

Senior Press Officer

+44 (0) 7703 366 151

andy.stobart@lotusf1team.com

Anna Goodrum

Press Officer

+44 (0) 7825 938 476

anna.goodrum@lotusf1team.com

Ben Cowley

Press Officer / Social Media Coordinator

+44 (0) 7795 121 094

ben.cowley@lotusf1team.com

Lotus F1 Team

Whiteways Technical Centre

Enstone

Oxfordshire

OX7 4EE

Telephone +44 (0) 1608 678 000

Facismile +44 (0) 1608 678 609

Email pressoffice@lotusf1team.com

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