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Lotus F1 Team thrills spectators at Brands Hatch

Monday, April 27 2015

Lotus F1 Team were at Brands Hatch for a special filming event today (Monday 27 April) with both modern and classic Grand Prix machinery roaring round the Indy circuit. The 2015 driver line-up of Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer were all present, and admission was free to the public all day. A large number of spectators enjoyed a rare opportunity to get up close to the Formula One cars and drivers during an impromptu pit-lane walkabout..

Frenchman Grosjean was behind the wheel of the squad's 2015 challenger, the E23 Hybrid, for the majority of the morning's running at the Kent circuit. He participated in on-board filming and tracking shots, before the Enstone-based team simulated a number of full speed racing pit stops and practice starts.

During the lunch break, spectators were invited into the pit-lane to see the current LotusEdit 8 F1 Team car and a historic race-winning Lotus 72 E-5 close up. All of the drivers were on hand to speak with the fans, take pictures and hand out Lotus F1 Team goodies as spectators enjoyed a unique opportunity to experience Formula One at close quarters.

Venezuelan Maldonado was in the cockpit for the afternoon, continuing the filming work whilst special guests enjoyed hot laps in road-going Lotus cars.

Third and Reserve driver Palmer delighted the crowd with a display run in the Lotus 72, running alongside Maldonado in the E23 Hybrid, as fans were treated to some cross-generation side-by-side action.

Palmer, son of circuit owner Jonathan, commented: "It has been a great day. It wasEdit 2 awesome to see Formula One cars round Brands Hatch again and it was great to see the crowd here too. This is my favourite track in the world, it is handy that it happens to be my local track, and it was fantastic to drive the Lotus 72 E-5 around it."

Maldonado added: "It is an amazing circuit and a historic track for motorsport; it really is great to be here. Unfortunately I have never raced here but I know it is a very complicated track, especially the first corner which is the most challenging. I can't imagine having to push around this place. It is amazing to be able to deliver a day like this to our fans and hopefully we can do more days like this in the future."

Grosjean said: "It is pretty cool to come here as it has been a long time since my last visit; a Formula Three race in 2007 which I won. It is great to be back, the track is still very tricky into turn one as you lose the downforce with the car and it is good to be here."

F1 machinery returns to Brands Hatch at the Masters Historic Festival on the legendary Grand Prix circuit on 23-24 May, where action is headlined by the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship. Click here or call 0843 453 9000 for more information or to buy tickets.