Team Lotus Launch T128
Team Lotus have launched their 2011 car, the T128 online in the early hours of Monday morning via their exclusive free online magazine, Team Lotus Notes magazine which gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Team Lotus on and off track. Speaking about the new car, technical director Mike Gascoyne said: "This year's car is a much more contemporary design. The car really will be a midfield runner. It's a modern F1 car I'm very confident it is a big step up and it's the start of a process that takes Team Lotus back to the front of the grid." Gascoyne continued, adding that the design of the T128 was a completely new build. "There's been almost no carry-over of parts for the 2011 car, whereas normally you'd have ... the chance to optimise last year's parts. It looks substantially different from last year's car. It has a much more current feel about it. And it's the basis of our cars for the future." Meanwhile, team boss Tony Fernandes spoke of his excitement of getting back out racing with his team, after all the recent press surrounding the on-going name dispute Fernandes is having with the sports car manufacturer Group Lotus. "There has been so much focus off-track it's a thrill to be able to get back to talking about racing," Both Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen will be back racing for the Malaysian team. Speaking about the teams hopes for 2011 Trulli said that "last year we aimed to finish the race. This year we aim to finish in the points and with this package it should be achievable." Whilst the team's chief operating officer, Keith Saunt added further confidence to the team declaring that he hopes that they will move up from last year's 10th in the constructors' championship. "I doubt there'll be a lot between sixth, seventh and eighth," commented Saunt. "Depending on how the other guys are doing, seventh could be achievable. Saunt also defended the team's decision not to start the season with the Kers (kinetic energy recovery system) which has been reintroduced for 2011 and will be used by Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes. "If Kers was going to get us from eighth to sixth then we'd have it. But when you look at the weight of it and some of the engineering challenges, I think it's a good decision not to start with it. We might end up with it, who knows?" Sauber and Lotus Renault GP are also set to launch their 2011 cars later today.