Official Team Lotus date added. We can see the new car revealed in ‘online’ content, from a free magazin of the team (probably in .pdf format). It’s the continuity of that what the team already offered last year race by race. Subscribe here to get it for free!
Car designation changed to “simplify what could have been another point of contention” (spokesperson told). To understand this you have to know the [formerly guessed ‘expected’] T128 was coming from a numbering which originated from a system which involved both Lotus Cars and Team Lotus. Both companies added to the count when they made a new road car or race car project. Now Group Lotus and Team Lotus are independent from each other. Team Lotus couldn’t even know in advance what car projects Group Lotus is planning and realizing. Would be controversy and/or confusion even if they’re reflecting to the GL projects and even if they’re not. It was a logical and peace-seeking move.
Update: Ferrari will use a special designation for this season, “to pay tribute to this year’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Unification of Italy”.
TEAM CAR DATE PLACE Red Bull Racing RBR-Renault RB7 Feb. 1 08:30 CET Valencia, Spain McLaren McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 Feb. 4 12:00 CET Kaisersaal Berlin Ferrari Ferrari F150 January 28 Maranello, Italy Mercedes Mercedes W02 February 1 Valencia, Spain Renault Renault R31 Jan. 31 12:00 CET Valencia, Spain Williams Williams-Cosworth FW33 February 1 Valencia, Spain Force India Force India-Mercedes VJM-04 be/for/e 2nd test Sauber Sauber-Ferrari C30 Jan. 31 11:00 CET Valencia, Spain Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari STR6 February 1 Valencia, Spain Team Lotus Lotus-Renault TL11 Jan. 31 06:00 CET Team Lotus Notes Hispania Racing HRT-Cosworth F111 3rd test at best Virgin Racing Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 February 7 London, UK Green = Official precise date CET = Central European Time (UK time = CET - 1 hour) / Közép-európai (magyar) idő
PRE-SEASON TESTING Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo February 1-3 Jerez Circuito de Jerez February 10-13 Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya February 18-21 Bahrain Bahrain Iternational Circuit March 3-6