Tag Archive: Lotus

Sep 02

Drivers defend controversial Parabolica gravel

Charlie Whiting has defended the controversial asphalting of Monza’s iconic Parabolica corner.

Monza logo During the recent summer break, a cry of outrage spread around the world when it emerged some of the famous gravel trap at the Italian grand prix venue’s high-speed final bend had been covered with tarmac. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Lotus close to Mercedes engine deal – Wolff

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has admitted Lotus is close to securing F1′s field-leading V6 engine for the 2015 season.

2014-06-08_1072 Enstone based Lotus has struggled with Renault power this year and it is an open paddock secret that a deal with Mercedes has essentially been struck. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Sauber points at Ferrari amid 2014 crisis

Sauber has singled out its ‘power unit’ as a major cause of its struggles in 2014.

2014-06-07_1016 The Swiss outfit and Caterham are the only teams yet to score a single point this year. Chief engineer Giampaolo Dall’Ara on Wednesday acknowleged to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that the C33 is not the best car Hinwil has ever produced. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 19

Toro Rosso next team set for ‘nose news’

Toro Rosso could be the next F1 team with ‘nose news’ looming.

IMG_6299 We have reported that, as Caterham pushes on with new owners and management, a new green nose for the 2014 car is among a package of updates to debut this weekend in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Lopez hits back at Genii financial reports

Gerard Lopez has lashed back at reports suggesting Lotus team owner Genii is in dire financial health.

2014-05-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Gerard Lopez The Luxembourg newspaper Tageblatt reported recently that Genii, headed by Lopez and his business partner Eric Lux, is recording ever-growing losses and debts.
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Aug 18

Lotus to drop ‘tusk nose’ for 2015

Lotus will drop its unique ‘tusked’ nose solution for the 2015 season

2014-06-08_0904 Although the Enstone team has struggled this year, technical director Nick Chester insists the innovative nose is a “pretty good solution” that will stay on the current car for the rest of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 13

Tobacco company plays down Lotus rumours

Imperial Tobacco has played down reports it is looking to return to formula one with Lotus.

Recently, Pastor Maldonado said he would welcome the inspiration of Lotus’ black and gold livery – the iconic John Player Special cigarette brand – back to the sport with Enstone. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 13

Lotus, Williams swapped F1 fortunes in 2014

Even amid his pointless first half-season with Lotus, Pastor Maldonado has signed up with the Enstone team for 2015.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Pastor Maldonado 01 In his third consecutive campaign with Williams last year, the Grove team hit rock-bottom and Maldonado decided to take his PDVSA sponsorship to Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 02

Whitmarsh finally leaves McLaren

Martin Whitmarsh is no longer part of McLaren.

2013-06-09_0007 The Woking team’s long-time chief was removed from office by returning chairman Ron Dennis before the season began, as Eric Boullier joined from Lotus.
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Aug 01

Lotus owner’s losses, debts continue to worsen – report

Alarming news about the financial health of Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has emerged.

2014-05-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Gerard Lopez Together with Eric Lux, fellow Luxembourger Lopez heads the investment company Genii Capital, which owns the Enstone based team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Red Bull barracking for Lotus’ Renault exit

Christian Horner is barracking for Lotus to switch to customer Mercedes power for the 2015 season.

2014-07-06 - 99356 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo The Enstone team is having a dismal season of performance and reliability with Renault power, but the likely move to Mercedes is more complex than that. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Team performance firing Lotus exit rumours – Grosjean

It does nothing to quieten the rumours about his next move.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 Romain Grosjean has admitted Lotus’ lack of competitiveness in 2014 is driving rumours he could be set to leave the Enstone team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

‘Silly season’ strikes F1 throughout 2014 grid

The rumour went full circle in the space of a couple of days

2014-07-20 - 99005 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo The unofficial ‘silly season’ has officially hit F1, as talk of a move to Mercedes for world champion Sebastian Vettel buzzes the paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Maldonado would welcome cigarette sponsor at Lotus

Pastor Maldonado would welcome a cigarette sponsor to Lotus.

2014-06-05_0059 When the Enstone based team first adopted its familiar black and gold livery in 2011, it instantly triggered memories of the original Team Lotus, sponsored in the 70s and 80s by John Player Special. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Lotus reveals ‘intention’ to keep Grosjean

Romain Grosjean could still be looking at a Lotus future beyond 2014.

2014-06-07_0186 At Hockenheim, the Enstone based team confirmed that Pastor Maldonado, backed by the powerful Venezuelan sponsor PDVSA, is staying put next year.
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Jul 20

Maldonado stays, Grosjean admits future ‘open’

As Lotus firms up its plans for 2015, Romain Grosjean’s future is looking clouded.

IMG_3927 It was already known that, when Pastor Maldonado and his lucrative backer PDVSA switched from Williams to Lotus for the 2014 season, it was the beginning of more than a single-year deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

F1 world nervous about Russian GP

“It’s not the time to talk about the Russian grand prix.”

2014-07-15 - Sochi Autodrom - photo Igor Chernov 01 It’s being murmured rather than shouted, but the world of F1 is undoubtedly worried about the looming Russian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Caterham most likely to lodge Fric protest – report

The word on everyone’s lips ahead of the German grand prix weekend is ‘Fric’.

2014-06-08_0925 In the days before scrutineering on Thursday, the biggest questions are: will teams continue to use the newly-controversial technology, and will their rivals lodge protests? Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14

‘Zero’ chance of Fric agreement – Force India

‘Fric’, or front and rear inter-connected, is a complex, hydraulically controlled system

2014-06-07_0910 In the days and hours before scrutineering at Hockenheim, uncertainty reigns when it comes to F1′s new technical controversy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 11

Maldonado eyes major power boost for Germany

Pastor Maldonado is looking forward to a major power boost at Hockenheim next weekend.

2014-06-05_0541 The 2012 Spanish grand prix winner, who chose to race the number ’13′ this year and beyond, has had a dire campaign since switching from Williams to Lotus over the winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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