With the start of pre-season testing less than a month away, Lotus have come out of the stock first with a release of an image of their new car (E23) which they hope will get the team back to winning ways in 2015.
Last year was difficult for the Lotus Team which saw them end the season in eighth place, their last win was way back in 2012 when Kimi Räikkönen took an emphatic win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and its something that chief executive officer Matthew Carter hopes the team can get back to winning ways, during a recent interview he said:
“It is time to put the disappointment of last season behind us and benefit from 12 months of hard work; we are ready to return to our rightful place at the pinnacle of the sport.”
In addition to the new aero package Lotus have also switched engines from their traditional Renault to the new Mercedes engine which helped Lewis Hamilton clinch the world championship last year. Lotus will keep the same line-up as last year, hoping the experience of both Frenchman Romain Grosjean and Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado can achieve more podium places this year.
Technical director Nick Chester also pointed out the areas of improvements the design team have made from last years car, he said: “It’s no secret that we struggled with last year’s car so we’ve targeted every area that caused us an issue.
“We’ve made strong progress in the wind tunnel as well as in areas such as packaging and cooling. We expect the E23 to perform far, far better than its predecessor.
We don’t have long to see how the car compares to the rest of the paddock as first pre-season test starts in Jerez on 1st to 4th February.
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