Lotus F1 team have launched the car they will be giving to Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in 2012, named the E20. The car is named the E20 as it is the 20th car to come out of the Enstone factory. Like the Caterham, Ferrari and Force India, the car features the step in the nose. Only McLaren don't feature it so far. The team formerly known as Renault were known to be developing a reactive ride height system, which they tested on the R31 in Abu Dhabi, only for the FIA to ban it.
|The Lotus E20, as launched today|
The car will be tested first by Kimi Raikkonen in Jerez testing this week, which begins on Tuesday. Raikkonen, who tested a 2010 car last week in preparation for his return, will drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Grosjean will complete the test on Thursday and Friday. Marussia are not participating in the test, while HRT and Mercedes will be using their 2011 cars. Sauber, Red Bull and Toro Rosso launch tomorrow, while Williams launch on Tuesday.
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Keep with my blog for all the opinions, launches and testing updates throughout the winter, as we count down to the Australian Grand Prix.