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Romain GrosjeanCNBC becomes Official Business Media Partner to Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team welcomes CNBC, the world’s leading business and financial news network, as its Official Business Media Partner in a move which cements the team’s position as the number one Formula 1 team for business.

CNBC takes business news to a global audience of 390 million homes around the world. Throughout the 2013 Formula 1 season, this new agreement will allow Lotus F1 Team’s partners to benefit from CNBC’s unmatched reach of affluent and influential business leaders with commercial advertising campaigns airing on its international network. This new relationship builds on the team’s recent partnerships with brands such as Microsoft, Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company.

The partnership will see CNBC branding on the nose of the team’s 2013 car, as well as on driver and pit crew overalls, team uniform, branding around the paddock and on marketing materials.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal, Lotus F1 Team:
“CNBC is a fantastic partner which highlights the growing importance of Lotus F1 Team as a vehicle for the business world. We are working with household brands such as Microsoft, Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company; brands whose actions are watched closely in the business world. Our partnership with CNBC brings us greater exposure in this environment and allows our business-to-business platform to flourish.”

Charlotte Westgate, VP Marketing & Communications, CNBC:
“CNBC’s partnership with Lotus F1 Team is extremely exciting. It’s an innovative marketing solution which provides branding and commercial opportunities for both parties. The Formula 1 audience is complementary to our own influential and affluent viewer base around the world. We look forward to working with Lotus F1 Team and wish them success in the 2013 season”

About CNBC

With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD+, CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 390 million homes worldwide, produced from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and from CNBC’s regional networks and news bureaus worldwide. CNBC is dedicated to CEOs, senior corporate executives; the financial services industry and private investors. CNBC has a vast portfolio of digital products which deliver real-time financial market news and information across a variety of platforms. These include CNBC.com, the online destination for global business; CNBC PRO, the premium, integrated desktop/mobile service that provides real-time global market data and live access to CNBC global programming; and a suite of CNBC Mobile products including the CNBC Real-Time iPhone and iPad Apps. CNBC is a division of NBCUniversal www.CNBC.com.

Romain GrosjeanRomain Grosjean ended the second day of testing at Jerez as comfortably the fastest man on track as the team continued its evaluation programme with the E21.

Under blue skies with occasional cloud coverage, Romain completed 95 laps; many of which dipped into the 1min 18s. He ended the day with the best time set thus far this week – a 1min 18.218secs – with no other car running under 1min 19.000secs.

Fast Facts:

  • Track: Jerez, Spain, 4.4km
  • Chassis: E21-01
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 5-22°C, track 7-28°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, evaluation of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package, tyre performance assessment.
  • Laps Completed: 95.
  • Classification: P1, 1:18.218.
  • Interruptions: Stopped out on track on lap 96 (fuel).

What’s Next?
Kimi Räikkönen will take to the wheel of the E21 for the first time tomorrow, before wrapping up the opening test on Friday.

Romain Grosjean:
“It was good today; the programme went to plan and we showed we have good reliability. For me, the whole test has gone well which bodes well for the year ahead. My feeling in the car is good and it was great to be at the top of the times. Even if it doesn’t mean anything during testing, it’s still good to be at the front. We used the soft, medium and hard compounds and whilst we’re not 100% yet on the differences between each we have a good idea. Kimi will be working on this area for the next two days so we’ll have a better understanding when we head to Barcelona. It’s not easy to understand everything about the car and tyres yet, but I think we’re working quite well and it’s up to us to find the best solutions.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“I’m very happy with today’s performance. The pace looks good and we haven’t had any issues with reliability meaning we could complete all of our programme without interruption. We focused on learning more about the 2013 Pirelli tyres and ran with the soft, medium and hard compounds with a variety of different set-ups, both mechanical and aerodynamic, to understand how they react. This combined with a good mileage today to give us some very good data to work through ahead of Kimi getting in the car tomorrow.”

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths / LAT Photographic.

After their magnificent victory yesterday, Romain Grosjean and DAMS were not quite so successful today on the Istanbul park circuit.

The French driver was involved in a collision with Jules Bianchi on the first lap and fell back to the rear of the field. However, he made a fighting comeback and scraped into the top 10 in the dying moments of the race helped by a safety car period. He scored the point for the fastest lap, which helped him retain the championship lead, which he shares with Sam Bird.

His team-mate, Pal Varhaug, had a slightly hectic morning. He pulled back a few places in the opening stages, but spun when under pressure from another car.
The young Norwegian was not a wit discouraged and fought back from second-last place passing some of his rivals and finished on a high note.

Loic David, General Manager: “Things did not go quite so well today. It was a frustrating race as the car was obviously among the quickest and this is not reflected in the results. Our overall position in the championship is still good and we’re already thinking about Spain.”

Romain Grosjean: p10

“A positive race despite the collision with Jules. I’m really sorry we touched. The car was even quicker than yesterday, and I’m delighted to have fought my way back up into the top ten as well as bagging the point for the fastest lap. Bravo to the whole team and let’s keep up the good work!”

Pal Varhaug: p21

“I have to say I’m learning in every race. I had a good start but I made a mistake when Bianchi caught me. Afterwards, I was determined to finish well for the sake of the team.”

Next races in Barcelona on Saturday and Sunday 21-22 May.

Alvaro ParenteAlvaro Parente had today a difficult qualifying for the first GP2 race of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix and will start from fourteenth, because of the track traffic.

The sinuosity nature of the Hungarian circuit played against the Portuguese youngster, with a red flag preventing him of extract the best performance from his first set of tires while with the second set it was the track traffic that didn’t allow him to fulfil his potential, clearly showed in the practice session with the fifth fastest time, albeit a electrical problem stopped him at the track.

In the beginning of the session Alvaro Parente reached the sixth fastest time, after a good lap with his first of tires, but a red flag – courtesy of Romain Grosjean and Franck Perera clash – and the traffic, fuelled by the competitive nature of the GP2 field, sent him to the fourteenth position of the grid.

This is a result that doesn’t please the Ocean Racing Technology driver that, nevertheless, ended less than a second from the poleman – Lucas di Grassi. “This was a very difficult qualifying. The car lost some performance with the temperature rise, but worse than that was the traffic and the red flag in the beginning of the session. I always gave my best, but when was being faster I caught a car in the last corner and that prevented me to improve my time” underlined the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

In a circuit where overtaking is very difficult, it’s possible to anticipate a tough race for the Portuguese driver, but it’s expected, as usually, a maximum-attack race from him and, with a good race strategy, he might achieve a good result. “It won’t be easy to get a good result at Hungaroring, because here it’s very important to start from a good grid position. However, it’s is expected a fresher weather for tomorrow, and that may allow us to show the pace that we had this morning and this, with a good strategy, may permit us to reach the points”, said Alvaro Parente.