No matter how you cut it, the Lotus F1 team did not have a great 2014. The team bid adieu to Kimi Raikkonen, traded Renault’s screaming V8 for a rather damp V6, and managed only 10 points between drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado – a far cry from champion Lewis Hamilton’s haul of 384.
But that’s neither here nor there, because – as far as we’ve seen on Lotus’ YouTube channel – the Formula 1 team has had more fun than ever before, and now they’ve gone and left skid marks all throughout Dubai.
Grosjean and Maldonado took to the hallways of one of Dubai’s malls and wasted no time in racing each other around in a pair electric Renault Twizys. Rated at only 17-horsepower, we’re hoping Lotus sticks to racing F1 cars rather than these small two-seat ‘quadricycles.’
Hooning aside, the future looks bright for the black-and-gilded F1 outfit. Lotus will switch from Renault to Mercedes engines in 2015, which means two things. The team might be reacquainted with the podium once again, however the Renault sponsored antics will come to an end, which is frankly all right because Mercedes has plenty of fun toys in need of exercise.
by Zach Doell