Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Valencia, 2012

New Lotus to be called the E20

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lotus reveal their 2012 F1 car will be called the E20.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Lotus name F1 car after the factory (Reuters)

“The E20 car, to be unveiled online on February 5th before the first pre-season test in Jerez, will be the 20th that the Enstone facility has produced.”

Mercedes says test plan will pay off (Autosport)

Norbert Haug: “If you have half-a-year’s timeframe to develop a car, then 10 days can be crucial. That was our decision. We want to test the proper car, finalised in each and every detail. That’s why we need development time.”

Good luck to Jules Bianchi at the start of a new adventure! (Ferrari)

“As for Davide Rigon, he has recently extended his relationship with the Scuderia: the driver from Venice will be on call for the team for all racing and promotional activities also for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.”

Alan Baldwin via Twitter

Ferrari say Bianchi remains a member of their academy, just like Sauber’s Sergio Perez. On who will fill Ferrari reserve role, team spokesman adds: ‘Ferrari has no need to declare a third driver’.”

Mercedes AMG: KERS development (ScarbsF1)

Mercedes AMG now quote 24kg the entire KERS, much of the 3kg weight loss being down to the reduction in the heavy power cabling between these units. Not only is the packaging better, but the systems life and efficiency is too.”

Caterham CT01 fire-up (Caterham)

“Another important milestone in the life of CT01 was achieved today when the Renault Sport F1 engine was fired up for the first time at the factory in Hingham.”

Jake Humphrey via Twitter

“You’ll love our new opening titles this year. The Chain remains (obviously!) but the pictures change. We’ve done what many asked for…”

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Comment of the day

We’ve discussed the problems of increasing restrictions on car design recent. But, as Robbie points out, its not without some benefits:

While I hear what you are saying about homogenous cars, not ‘everything’ is banned, and I think in any series that has tight rules there is still room for new ideas… perhaps even more so the tighter they are, as teams scramble to outdo one another in small increments as the article suggests.

Unfortunately the other side of the coin is that left on their own the teams that have the most resources will continue to dominate, it becomes a money game which one could argue it still is, and we are left with a series that is always about only two or three teams as potential winners with everyone else left to never be able to catch up, especially in a global recession where sponsorship is so hard to come by that pay drivers who are only there because they have money and aren?t necessarily the best drivers available, are the norm.

And if lesser teams can never catch up, what is left to attract them to the sport? Major sponsors, fewer and fewer as they are these days, have to have a sense that within a reasonable amount of time their package might at least be fighting in the middle of the pack.

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On this day in F1

One year ago today we saw the first F1 car launch of the new season as Ferrari revealed their new car.

It was initially called the F150 but, following complaints by Ford who sell a pickup truck under the same name, Ferrari eventually changed its name to 150??? Italia.