Lotus to Launch 2010 Car in London, Test at Silverstone

Lotus F1 Team announced last week that they will unveil their 2010 challenger on February 12. And that's a fact. However, during the same press release, the team also stated that the place where the launch will happen will be unveiled somewhere in the upcoming few weeks.

It now seems that the reporters from Finland's Turun Sanomat found out where the launch will take place. Although they haven't got the exact location of the launching event, it is believed it will happen in or near London. And that's because the 2010 challenger is expected to hit the track the very next day, on the Silverstone circuit.

As you all know by now, the February 13th is actually a day full of action for the other Formula One teams as well, as that's when the second testing session of the winter take place, at Jerez. Lotus will therefore miss that group test also, as they are expected to join the F1 field during the next 4-day meeting in Barcelona.

In addition to that piece of information, according to the GMM news agency, “it is believed that former Toyota engineers Dieter Gass and Gianluca Pisanello have switched to Lotus.”

Adding Jarno Trulli to that equation, that means the former Toyota F1 team seems to have become a feeder organization for Lotus, considering that the Malaysian team's chief of engineering Mike Gascoyne was also a prominent figure in the Toyota garage a few years back. While certainly not benefiting from the same amount of money as the Japanese team, Trulli insisted that his new outfit can certainly outscore Toyota's previous results in F1.

We must all get used to the new F1. Lotus is smaller but operationally it can be more effective than Toyota, even though it remains far from Toyota in terms of resources,” said the Italian veteran.
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