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It has been a big couple of days for Formula One car launches.Earlier today we had the debut of the car we think will win the championship, the Red Bull RB8. Understandably, some of the other teams have been overshadowed by the news.
But that does not make them any less important.
The recently rebranded Lotus F1 Team (formerly Renault) launched its E20 early yesterday. This is the car that will bring 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen back to Formula One, something that we are incredibly excited about. He will be partnered with Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who last raced in F1 in 2009.
Lotus is the wild card. If Raikkonen is the same driver he was three years ago and the car is good, look for it to steal podiums and possibly wins.
Sauber F1 also debuted its new Ferrari-powered C31, which wild man Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez will be driving in the championship.
Red Bull’s second team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, just took the wraps off of its Ferrari-powered STR7. The big question mark is the all new driver lineup of youngsters Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.
And yes, all of these new cars feature the controversial step-nose, with some looking better than others. We will find out just how quick or slow they are when testing opens tomorrow at the Jerez Circuit in Spain.
Lotus/Renault E20: We think this is the best looking of all the new cars. It may have something to do with the livery, which is a throwback to Lotus' classic John Player Special cigarette sponsorship.
As a reference point, this is a Lotus 78 from 1977 with the John Player Special livery. Looked great then, looks great now.
Sauber/Ferrari C31: Sauber seems to have one of the most aggressive versions of the step nose on the grid. The grey livery in the front is an attempt to cover it up.
After the introduction, Kobayashi took the C31 out for a shakedown run on the track. The rear is packaged quite tightly and this angle shows how sculpted the sidepods are.
Toro Rosso/Ferrari STR7: This is the third year that Toro Rosso's car has been designed independently of Red Bull's. We find the tip of the nose to be reminiscent of the Ferrari F2012.
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