F1 »

Lotus confirms February launch date.

Lotus F1 will take the covers off its first F1 car at an as yet unnamed venue on 12 February.
The reborn Lotus team has revealed that it expects to be able to unveil its first contemporary Formula One contender in around a month's time, giving it an equal time to prepare for the 2010 season opener.

Team owner Tony Fernandes made the brief confirmation that the first Lotus to grace F1 in 16 years would make its public debut on Friday 12 February, although a venue had yet to be revealed. The team was the first of the four newcomers to reveal its 2010 line-up – signing proven F1 pair Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen – and is now the first to confirm the launch of its car.

"Turning on engines on the 5th, official launch 12th February,” Fernandes wrote on his Twitter feed, “Great atmosphere at Higham."

The mid-February launch will give Lotus a month to get the car fettled for the new season, with the first race weekend due to kick off in Bahrain on Friday 12 March. The date of the unveiling will also mean that the team misses the first group test, scheduled for Valencia at the start of the February, although it appears that it will be in good company, with 2009 runner-up Red Bull Racing also looking set to make a belated appearance in 2010.

Fernandes, meanwhile, has other matters to attend to in addition to his F1 aspirations and Air Asia airline, as he is waiting to hear whether a rescue bid for his beloved West Ham United has been accepted. The Malaysian had been pondering an involvement with the financially-strapped London club for some time before making an investment offer, but his interest has competition from rival bids.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lotus F1 scale model
Robert Kubica, Renault, Lotus E20, Valencia [Credit: Renault F1]
Robert Kubica, Renault, Lotus E20, Valencia [Credit: Renault F1]
New compulsory #44 and HAM on the engine cover of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
30.04.2017 - Race, Celebration, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 race winner with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
30.04.2017 - Race, Celebration, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 race winner with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Red Bull R13, car launch, [Credit: Red Bull]
Toro Rosso unveils new look STR12
Toro Rosso unveils new look STR12
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Haas VF17
Haas VF17
Haas VF17
Red Bull R13, car launch, [Credit: Red Bull]
Williams Martini Racing FW40
McLaren - Honda MCL32
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Good luck Lotus F1 - Unregistered

January 16, 2010 12:17 AM

Andrew-come on,surely an imposter team is better than a half empty grid?? Also,the crash and burn analogy probably isn't the best to use in motorsport,you might just get what you wish for and surely even you can't hate anyone that much?

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.