Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2012

2012 British Grand Prix Thursday pictures

F1 picturesPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lotus revealed a one-off sponsor for the British Grand Prix in the shape of the new Batman film.

See below for pictures of that and more from Thursday in the paddock at Silverstone.

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Images ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Lotus F1 Team/LAT, Mercedes/Hoch Zwei, Getty Images/Red Bull, Sahara Force India F1 Team, Caterham/LAT, HRT

23 comments on “2012 British Grand Prix Thursday pictures”

  1. Disappointing livery from Lotus. Wish teams would go to town with the Liveries like Red Bull did with Star Wars.

    Where’s the black helmet with spikey ears or the Batman logo on the overalls?

    1. @tommyb89

      Disappointing livery from Lotus. Wish teams would go to town with the Liveries like Red Bull did with Star Wars.

      The difference here is that Red Bull were pretty much the only major sponsor of that car in 2005. Lotus, on the other hand, have other sponsor obligations that they need to meet – like the Unilever brands (Rexona/Sure and Clear) and Total. You’ll notice that the decal for The Dark Knight Rises replaces the Genii Captial one, since Genii are the team owners. They’re obviously happy to let someone else’s logo appear in their place for one Grand Prix.

      That said, it would be a nice touch if they had included a Wayne Enterprises logo somewhere on the car. It’s still better than the Toyota TF108, which carried the logo of The Dark Knight back in 2008.

      Where’s the […] Batman logo on the overalls?

      It’s there. Look at the left breast, just underneath the Total logo. You can also see the film logo on Grosjean’s and Raikkonen’s helmet, just above the RENAULT decal along the top edge of the visor.

        1. Silverstone is still very fast in comparison to many circuits on the calendar, so I would say it was pretty low drag compared to most; I’m not sure how it would affect the downforce though. Canada saw Williams running different wings, and it is also a very fast circuit…

        2. Silverstone is fast due to high speed corners, whilst Canada is fast due to its long straights. This means that the former demands much more downforce than the latter, and, by using a M-wing, when drag is reduced, there is also a loss in downforce. Which is why I found it a bit contradictory when you told it would be used in Silverstone, Monza and Spa.

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