Lotus became the first F1 team to reveal their 2013 car with an online launch from the factory in Enstone. After a hurried relocation inside due to the marquee blowing down, the car was unveiled by drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean, who both spoke of their hopes for the coming season.
Kimi was realistic about the chances of improvement from a reasonably successful 2012 campaign, saying: “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.” Meanwhile, Romain was practical about the number of incidents he was involved in and added about the car: “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.”
Team Principal Éric Boullier targeted third in the championship for the coming season. The car did not look too different from its predecessor, with the stepped nose still there. The main change was an increase of red on the livery.
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References Éric Boullier, Kimi Räikkönen, Romain Grosjean
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