Lotus News Article

A Round Up of Lotus Racing in 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:15
2012 has been another successful year for Lotus in Global Motorsport, with black and gold the colours flying high this season.

We have achieved our 80th win in F1™, made a valiant effort in the GP2 championship, scooped the GP3 title, shown our mettle in LMP1 our promise in LMP2, and clearly demonstrated our GT prowess. Yet that’s still not the whole story, for we were a force to be reckoned with in the World Series by Renault, took the German ATS Formel 3 championship by storm plus, more Lotus fans than ever took to the track in the global Lotus Cup series. It’s true to say we’ve been busier than ever!

Formula One

Wow! It’s been a heck of a year for the Lotus motorsport family competing around the world in 2012. More drama than ever, at every level of racing its been an edge-of-your-seat ride. Formula 1™ has delivered a thrilling season with our team and drivers putting in a fantastic effort from start to finish. Both drivers had their share of podium finishes and fought bravely earning valuable points for the team. However, it wasn’t until Abu Dhabi that Lotus secured its 80th F1™ win. It was Kimi Räikkönen who raged home at the Yas Marina circuit having capitalised on Lewis Hamilton’s early retirement in the McLaren and staving off competition from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who finished behind Kimi in second place. What was Kimi’s nineteenth win, aided the teams ascension and Lotus F1™ ended the season up one place from 2011 coming fourth in the Constructors Championship. Kimi Räikkönen secured the third spot in the Driver’s Championship, where Romain Grosjean came eighth.

Kimi Raikkonen 1st Abu Dhabi GP 2012
Kimi Räikkönen wins at the Abu Dhabi GP in November 2012
Romain Grosjean 2nd Canadian GP 2012
Romain Grosjean takes second place in the Canadian GP in June 2012