Of the four new teams that are scheduled to make their inaugural Formula One race in Bahrain, only one of them can say that they’ve been there and done that. And after recent spy shots were taken at Silverstone, we can now definitely say that Lotus has returned to Formula One.

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 15 years since Lotus was part of the F1 grid, but after seeing that unmistakable green and yellow coated F1 car that has long been synonymous with Lotus running some tests in Silverstone, there’s no denying now that one of the most successful F1 outfits in history has come back to, dare we say, restore its lost glory.

Lotus’ first test-run at Silverstone was emotional on a lot of levels for those involved in the team’s return to Formula One. Even Tony Fernandes, Lotus’ team principal, admitted that he got emotional after watching the car make its first test run around Silverstone. In this official Twitter feed, Fernandes said, "Shakedown started. Quite a few tears."

If a simple test-run in the middle of February could bring such emotion to a lot of people, you can imagine that it’s going to be a lot more emotional when Lotus lines up at the grid in Bahrain.


Source: Autosport

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  (613) posted on 01.31.2011

I would certainly call foul on someone criticizing skid pad numbers if one car is optioned with better tires. TopSpeed could have optioned a summer tire (theoretically), so the choice of all-seasons shouldn’t be a demerit.

  (939) posted on 12.6.2010

well f1 competitors are actually organising for a large-scale happening this year, i wish schumy will win the championship title.

  (442) posted on 03.2.2010

I can’t wait for the F1 race that will happen in a few weeks. It’s awesome as there are a lot of great news including the comeback of some teams and some new cars and drivers on the track of course the comeback of a very good driver that used to be Ferrari’s and now he is on MB.

I heard that Lotus has been practicing a lot but I also heard that they managed to crash their first car during practice in some track. Is it true?

  (1333) posted on 02.10.2010

Cool. It said that there are 4 new teams for this F1 season? I only know of two, one of which is the Lotus team and the other is the Virgin team, who else are those two new teams?

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