Lotus will reveal their new car online at 5am (GMT) on Monday 31st January.
The car, called the TL11, will be shown in pictures in the team’s “Lotus Notes” newsletter.
The car’s model number is a departure from the T127 convention used last year, which implied a link to the car numbering used by the former Team Lotus. A spokesperson told F1 Fanatic the change in numbering was to “simplify what could have been another point of contention”.
Heikki Kovalainen will be the first to drive the car on February 2nd, the second day of the Valencia test. Jarno Trulli will drive the car on February 3rd.
After that Lotus will remain in Valencia for a further test day after the other teams have departed. Trulli and Kovalainen will share the car for the private test day when the team will also use for filming purposes.
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View the list of 2011 F1 drivers and teams.
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