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Lotus launch E21 chassis online // The first new car of 2013 is revealed courtesy of Lotus F1

Published by Christine Blachford

First view of the E21

Lotus are set to become the first team to launch their 2013 challenger, with a very handy post-work (in the UK) online presentation. Team Principal Éric Boullier will present the new car in all its glory, whilst Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean will no doubt be on hand to talk up the chances of the team in 2013.

Potential changes include a good look at the stepped or non-stepped nose, there are rumours of some significant livery changes, and potentially some new sponsor logos as well.

Follow the Factbyte Factbox for updates as the first brand new car of 2013 is revealed.

As it happened: Lotus F1 Team 2013 launch

Event Highlights

  • The E21 is uncovered by Grosjean and Räikkönen.
  • The livery remains black and gold with increased red.
  • No modesty panel on the car due to minimal weight increase.
  • Boullier: "Third place is at least an achievement we would like to have next year."
  • 18:01

    Hello, welcome, here we are an hour ahead of the launch, eagerly anticipating our first taste of F1 2013-style.

  • 18:06

    Lotus did, of course, provide a teaser video ahead of their launch, with Kimi being interviewed by a famous face: http://sidepodcast.com/post/the-one-where-joey-met-kimi

  • 18:08

    There's also an audio clip of the E21 being fired up for the first time: https://soundcloud.com/lotusf1team/e21-first-fire-up

  • 18:09

    I don't quite understand the appeal of the engine noise, I would usually mute that bit on TV. But still, props to Lotus for sharing.

  • 18:10

    TweetA little while ago from @RGrosjean: Few more hours before the @Lotus_F1Team launch! Excited? I'm ;-)

  • 18:14

    A teaser image of the E21, via @Lotus_F1Team.

  • 18:15

    And your destination for watching the launch, Lotus on YouTube.

  • 18:34

    TweetTweet from @SkySportsF1: Slight hiccup for Lotus: original plan to launch the E21 in a marquee thwarted by freak winds. Event now taking place on factory floor

  • 18:52

    The live stream is, well, live and streaming. Nothing to see yet though.

  • 19:09

    Hashtags make the livery of the Lotus, via @Lotus_F1Team.

  • 19:10

    The YouTube numbers suggest just over 5000 people are tuned in right now. One of them is me!

  • 19:15

    Ooh, the live stream has woken up!

  • 19:16

    The Sky Sports News presenter is introducing and describing the change of scenery, due to the wind problem. Grosjean lurks in the background, grinning.

  • 19:18

    Interview with Gerard Lopez: "I think there is never a compromise in Formula One. It's a year where everyone will still be shooting for getting the maximum out of our team. Hopefully we can do better than last year."

  • 19:19

    Interview with Eric Boullier: "Third place is at least an achievement we would like to have next year. We expect to have the momentum from 2012, some stability in the regulations, both drivers more eager than ever, and 500 people here at Enstone who will deliver a nice car, and are really keen to do better than 2012. We will fight everything we can to be in the top three."

  • 19:20

    Gerard talks of the atmosphere that helps Kimi to be at his best, and Eric talks of what they want from Grosjean this year: "Obviously, to not run like 2012."

  • 19:20

    Technical Director, James Allison, appears on screen.

  • 19:21

    Interview with James Allison: "I can assure you we've done a lot. The whole team have been working heart and soul on this thing for a long time. First to launch is a nice thing, it gives us first opportunity to catch the attention and have people excited along with us."

  • 19:21

    More from James: "The rules for 2013 are very similar to those from 2012. You can expect a lot of family resemblance, but as ever, the devil is in the detail, and the detail of this car adds up to a significant amount of performance."

  • 19:22

    The two drivers make their appearance, Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen walk towards the covered car to scattered applause.

  • 19:23

    Interview with Romain Grosjean: "As everybody said, we did our best to improve from last year. We had a beautiful car last year to drive, Kimi won a race, we had some podiums. Everybody wants more and that's what we're going to try to achieve."

  • 19:23

    Interview with Kimi Räikkönen: "It's not going to be easy to improve what we did last year but that's our aim, to do better not just for the drivers but for the team also. Hopefully we can do it."

  • 19:23

    Allison speaks to Sky.

  • 19:24

    The boys move to pick up the covers off the front of the car, and the E21 is revealed!

  • 19:24

    They're struggling a bit to get the covers over the tricky bits, but there it is, in all its step-nosed glory.

  • 19:24

    There's a lot more red than there was last year. Crucially, the wing mirrors are no longer red, instead it is on the sidepods, the roll hoop, and as before, the rear wing endplates.

  • 19:26

    Interview with Romain Grosjean: "I think it's clear for everybody that we had good qualifying speed but too many incidents. Hopefully the car will be good, I know the guys worked very hard. It looks very nice which is a good starting point. I'll try to improve myself every time I jump in the car."

  • 19:26

    Räikkönen and Grosjean take questions.

  • 19:27

    James Allison explains why they have not got the modesty panel - it weighs a few grams, and in F1, grams are everything.

  • 19:28

    Interview with Kimi Räikkonen: "We all start from the same zero point, it should be a bit easier because I know the people, the people know me now and it's more easier to go to the first race, for sure. But it doesn't mean we'll get a better result, hopefully it will. That's what we're hoping for."

  • 19:30

    The Sky Sports guy shakes hands with all three, and thanks the team for unveiling the car to us all.

  • 19:31

    E21 and co.

  • 19:31

    And that appears to be a wrap for the Sky Sports coverage, but the online reaction continues!

  • 19:33

    As someone who has rallied against the red before, I'll say this - it's not a pretty livery, but better to have more red than stupidly lonely red wing mirrors.

  • 19:33

    A mock-up of the E21.

    The E21 in the studio
  • 19:34

    The extra yellow tyres in that picture do not help!

  • 19:35

    TweetTweet from @eddstrawF1: "No surprise to see Lotus not running the vanity panel on the step nose. Going to see that a lot."

  • 19:36

    Looking down the nose at the E21.

  • 19:40

    Gerard Lopez on Kimi Räikkönen: "There is a special Enstone culture, laid back is the wrong term, but it's an accepting culture of people that handle things in certain ways. There's a common denominator and that's racing. Whether it's Kimi, or Romain, as long as the common denominator is respected, that's all we care about."

  • 19:45

    Isn't he lovely?

  • 19:47

    The excitement is over for now, then, but keep checking back for further updates over the course of the evening.

  • 19:47

    TweetTweet from @adamcooperf1: #F1 We shouldn't get too excited as the team has a habit of using show cars for launches so perhaps we haven't quite seen a 2013 car yet

  • 19:50

    TweetTweet from @VivaF1: This seems to be "Himi"'s car. I wonder what "Grosjean" will look like in weird font. #E21

  • 20:36

    I always assumed third and reserve driver was the same thing, but Lotus have D'Ambrosio as reserve, Valsecchi as third and Nicolas Prost as a bonus development driver.

  • 21:37

    A bit more from James Allison, without actually saying anything at all: "The front and rear suspension layouts are substantially revised to try and give us better aerodynamic opportunities. The front wing is a continuation of the concepts we have worked on since the 2009 rules were published. For the rear wing system, we’ve continued to try to work on having a satisfactory level of rear downforce stability whilst having maximum DRS switching potential."

  • 21:38

    The launch summed up in 60 seconds: http://www.f1minute.com/news/lotus-unveil-e21-during-online-launch-enstone

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  • FBFB!! It's good to see you again :)

  • Wait what? In-line FBFB?

  • Wait what? In-line FBFB?

    old school. used to be like that when it debuted.

  • old school. used to be like that when it debuted.

    #lateadopter :)

  • old school. used to be like that when it debuted.

    Did they? Who knew?

  • Did they? Who knew?

    Mr C's memory upgrade was a resounding success :)

  • don't forget the live updates look lovely on your mobile if you need to following them while watching the youtube stream :)

  • Hurrah for live streams too!

    I know other teams have started picking up on it now for their launches but it amazes me that every team doens't launch their car online or something considering how many fans that can reach. Seems only a handful of teams ever do though, but yay for Lotus :)

  • I know other teams have started picking up on it now for their launches but it amazes me that every team doens't launch their car online or something considering how many fans that can reach. Seems only a handful of teams ever do though, but yay for Lotus :)

    last few times teams have tried their streams have died. wonder if the man jumping out of space convinced people that youtube is the way?

  • last few times teams have tried their streams have died. wonder if the man jumping out of space convinced people that youtube is the way?

    a new f1 motto

    "If space can do it, we can do it!"

  • heheeh

  • "If space can do it, we can should do it!"

  • "If space can do it, we can should do it!"

    that's more factually correct :)

  • that's more factually correct :)

    With a side of monetising it as much as possible.

  • In a moment of extremely poor timing, I've decided that I need macaroni cheese for dinner.

  • Aww, Lotus could've gone with 'All this wind is just our 2013 blowing the competition away!'

  • youtube live stream on the ipad supports airplay. lotus on the telly!

  • What's up everyone! Have I missed anything?

  • Sneak peak reveals it's another season of fugly noses. I wonder if anyone will use the modesty panel

  • youtube live stream on the ipad supports airplay. lotus on the telly!

    Sweet!

    *grabs remote*

  • Sneak peak reveals it's another season of fugly noses. I wonder if anyone will use the modesty panel

    I think some of the teams will, McLaren seem to fit into the type of team that'd want to hide it.

    I'm surprised how many people think the step noses were banned, when the covers were always called optional by the FIA

  • I'm surprised how many people think the step noses were banned, when the covers were always called optional by the FIA

    if there's no aero benefit of using them, no-one will sue them. surprised teams aren't launching with the though?

  • if there's no aero benefit of using them, no-one will sue them. surprised teams aren't launching with the though?

    *use them

  • I think some of the teams will, McLaren seem to fit into the type of team that'd want to hide it.

    McLaren had a high nose already, shouldn't need it unless they've lowered it for this year

  • I've turned up to circling circles. Innovative.

  • Sneak peak reveals it's another season of fugly noses. I wonder if anyone will use the modesty panel

    Scarbs says not many will bother

  • Engine fire-ups might be more exciting next year with the new designs, unless we'll have heard it a lot by then.

  • Ted has tweeted a pic from the event https://twitter.c…274629632/photo/1

  • Interesting hashtag on the FBFB

  • Interesting hashtag on the FBFB

    love an f1 car with a hashtag :)

  • I thought it was scheduled for 7:15?

  • "Er you do intend to have actual dinosaurs on this dinosaur tour, don't you?"

    #RelevantQuote #ComeOnStream

  • I thought it was scheduled for 7:15?

    Yep that's what Jonny Noble tweeted this morning.

  • Yep that's what Jonny Noble tweeted this morning.

    Ticker Tape on screen confirms

  • for sky owners. It's on Sky Sports News too.

  • here we go!

  • great quality

  • I hope the Bad Lip Reading folk are watching :)

  • Am down. Mac's in the oven.

  • no kimi then?

  • great quality

    video quality, presenter not so much!

  • video quality, presenter not so much!

    Better than Lazenby already

  • His left hand needs training.

  • Hello all.

    What is the youtube linke for the launch?

  • Tall Eric

  • argh... craig slater.. bah..

  • What is the youtube linke for the launch?

    www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=P6nHwtmQ3DU

  • I can't work out if that is a vase or a glass that's holding plant stems hostage

  • It will be the Pineapple of F1

  • His left hand needs training.

    Aggressive waving and pointing

  • It will be the Pineapple of F1

    ::D

  • got to give Sky credit here. Is this the first live televised car launch ever?

  • www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=P6nHwtmQ3DU

    Thanks

  • Shame someone leaked the pics of the car an hour or so ago!

  • Kimi's there somewhere, he knows what he's doing.

  • got to give Sky credit here. Is this the first live televised car launch ever?

    They must have been desperate for new material for a dedicated channel showing 2 mins of re-runs

  • *months

  • Basically, Eric's saying "Don't crash"

  • got to give Sky credit here. Is this the first live televised car launch ever?

    good point. however... why isn't it on their F1 channel???

  • good point. however... why isn't it on their F1 channel???

    Non-football fans won't renew until March :)

  • It's the next McLaren Tech Dir

  • good point. however... why isn't it on their F1 channel???

    It's being billed as Sky Sports News HD rather than Sky Sports F1 HD

  • Wow, and I thought lazenby was bad!

  • It's being billed as Sky Sports News HD rather than Sky Sports F1 HD

    I guess it is news

  • *groan*

  • yay, kimi

  • argh.. feed down! (youtube)

  • wow!

  • *woo!

  • I like how he said happy new year to kimi but not to romain. Harsh!

  • argh.. feed down! (youtube)

    Still good for me. Then it stopped. And re-started

  • Happy New Year? It's almost February!

  • I see a stepped nose.

  • Watching on youtube, lotus website down!

  • my word he's bad!

  • No Angry Birds?

  • aaand it looks like the E20 with some red on it

  • BURN

  • the red bits are gone off the wings.Except now it's Red bits everywhere

  • RED

  • ARRRGGGHHHH

  • bad lighting!

  • DDRS??

  • OMG

    They have ruined the JPS livery even more than last year

  • Genii get more accentuation

  • I said it earlier on.

    "If the Lotus livery needs something, it's more red" - Said by nobody, ever.

  • My eyes!

  • i missed what kimi said ?! what did he say ?

  • Genii get more accentuation

    And get explained.

  • What is the main improvement you would like?

    Kimi - Black paint on the red bits

  • kimi has a bigger hat this year..

  • kimi has a bigger hat this year..

    Not possible

  • Is that Himi or Kimi on the red air intake?

  • Is that Himi or Kimi on the red air intake?

    Kimi surely.

  • I'm sorry I couldn't hear you over the red

  • Did they have CNBC before?

  • Kimi surely.

    Wi a bad typeface

  • Did they have CNBC before?

    New, I think

  • New, I think

    I agree...

  • where's matt le blanc?!

  • bad lighting!

    Black and Eggshell :)

  • "i'll ask Romain..."

    *asks Kimi*

  • Why is this dude obsessed with Lewis?

  • Look how many more sponsors are on Romain's race-suit.

  • Why is this dude obsessed with Lewis?

    "So Kimi, you can't use double DRS next year and you still have a stepped nose. Will lewis win the championship?"

  • Joe is on the ball. joesaward.wordpre…launches-the-e21/

  • Why is this dude obsessed with Lewis?

    His hand tells him what to say

  • Looking at the Lotus launch

    Two mentions of Hamilton, one for Mercedes and one for McLaren.

    Oh dear

  • Look how many more sponsors are on Romain's race-suit.

    Kimi needs the room for personal sponsors

  • Two mentions of Hamilton, one for Mercedes and one for McLaren.

    He's obvs got a sponsorship / plugging deal.

  • Is that it?

  • I was hoping for the Spice Girls ala McLaren in 1997

  • Is that it?

    Sky have got to be out in time for the half hourly news wrapup... even on a sports channel.

    Should've gone more in-depth on the feed.

  • Should've gone more in-depth on the feed.

    they should probably get a motorsport channel dedicated to f1 coverage or something

  • He's obvs got a sponsorship / plugging deal.

    Maybe he was the one buying Lewis Hamilton merchandise at the autosport awards.

  • Oh well, short and sweet.

    *goes back to updating iOS things*

    Cheers all

  • they should probably get a motorsport channel dedicated to f1 coverage or something

  • I can't believe the year they take the red off the wing endplates (apart from a bit at the back) they check it all over the sidepods. it's like James Allison designed himself half a Mclaren livery before apparently moving to Mclaren.

  • I can't believe the year they take the red off the wing endplates (apart from a bit at the back) they check it all over the sidepods. it's like James Allison designed himself half a Mclaren livery before apparently moving to Mclaren.

    Maybe practice to make sure Vodafone fits on the sidepods ;)

  • To describe the livery the easiest way would be:

    You know that friend you have who wears the slightly odd clothes, you tell them not to, hinting away perhaps and occasionally outright stating it. You can spend a whole year doing so then you go on holiday for a few weeks come back and find out they've gone the opposite way in your absence.

    That is what Lotus has done

  • Is there any rule that says that this has to be the actual new car? Or can it just be in order to show off all the livery, but hide any real devs till testing... will there be a modesty panel in Jerez?

  • That looks so strange from the front!

  • Is there any rule that says that this has to be the actual new car? Or can it just be in order to show off all the livery, but hide any real devs till testing... will there be a modesty panel in Jerez?

    They can do anything before the start of the season. The only time the car needs to follow the rules is scrutineering in Australia.

  • Is there any rule that says that this has to be the actual new car? Or can it just be in order to show off all the livery, but hide any real devs till testing... will there be a modesty panel in Jerez?

    Most launch cars are very different to the car that turns up in Australia

  • Is there any rule that says that this has to be the actual new car? Or can it just be in order to show off all the livery, but hide any real devs till testing... will there be a modesty panel in Jerez?

    They can add anything they like, but you gots to be careful in not lying to the fans, they get upset about stuff like that :)

  • Is there any rule that says that this has to be the actual new car? Or can it just be in order to show off all the livery, but hide any real devs till testing... will there be a modesty panel in Jerez?

    They can do what they like. The launch spec McLaren last year had randomly ejecting exhaust pods stuck on

  • They can do anything before the start of the season. The only time the car needs to follow the rules is scrutineering in Australia.

    Outside bet that this is a false chassis, and we'll see different kit come it's testing.

  • Is there any rule that says that this has to be the actual new car? Or can it just be in order to show off all the livery, but hide any real devs till testing... will there be a modesty panel in Jerez?

    Only the basic car is new, ignore all the wings they'll be completely different (as much as F1 wings can be different which isn't much).

  • They'll be waiting to see what the others launch

  • Ferrari are gonna unveil their car as a blue Reliant Robin with 'Alanso' incorrectly written in a black marker across the top

  • Ferrari are gonna unveil their car as a blue Reliant Robin with 'Alanso' incorrectly written in a black marker across the top

    I would love for a team to do this...

    Anyone want to mock up a HRT car launch?

  • Anyone want to mock up a HRT car launch?

    Here's one I made earlier

    ...now I just feel bad, awww.

  • Looking at a side-on view, that step is hardly there - soo shallow.

  • cheers all. enjoyed following that. could've been longer, but they've set a decent benchmark.

  • sorry that i missed this, but i think i like the livery..:) looking forward to Mclarens!

  • sorry that i missed this, but i think i like the livery..:) looking forward to Mclarens!

    that's what the fbfb is for :)

  • As tweeted to @a_f1podcast (who are coming back soon) - http://t.co/FbEswIem

  • that's what the fbfb is for :)

    totally! i don't even go to the news sites when i know fbfb has happened. fbfb is where it's at :)

  • As tweeted to @a_f1podcast (who are coming back soon) - http://t.co/FbEswIem

    where'd they go?

  • where'd they go?

    I thought they'd stopped early last year.

  • I thought they'd stopped early last year.

    ahh cool. lost track.

  • Did you see the close up shot of the steering wheel? Very interesting! https://twitter.c…503528448/photo/1

  • Did you see the close up shot of the steering wheel? Very interesting! https://twitter.c…503528448/photo/1

    I love that it has a Jenson button

  • Slightly off topic, but there is a funny place holder for the German GP in the Lotus press-kit. http://a.yfrog.com/img644/3739/x4ji.png

  • Slightly off topic, but there is a funny place holder for the German GP in the Lotus press-kit. http://a.yfrog.com/img644/3739/x4ji.png

    nurburgheim!

    *dies*

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