Lotus team first presented its new car season of 2013, which received index E21. As last year, to defend the colors of the team from Enstone will be Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, with whom signed a new contract after the victory of the Frenchman at the Race of Champions in 2012. The new Lotus E21 was the evolution of the car E20, because the major changes in the rules has occurred. According to technical director James Allison, the team decided to retain a system of passive DRS, which allows to increase the speed on the straights. Surprisingly, in the bow of the new car has remained a step that appeared last year in almost all machines. This season the FIA allowed the use of a special pad, but in Lotus refused it because it would add a few grams of extra weight. Having taken on the basis of the 2012 season in fourth place, in the current racing season the team manager Eric Boullier aims to compete for a place in the top three. Kimi Raikkonen more optimestichen and calculates the fight for the title, while his partner had promised to try to spend the season is more stable compared to the previous. At the presentation of Lotus E21 were announced replacement riders. The third pilot began Davide Valsecchi – last year’s champion series GP2, the place of reserve driver Jerome D’Ambrosio retained and Nicolas Prost of participants enrolled in the program for the development of young pilots Lotus.