Tag Archive: Lotus
Dennis vows to restore McLaren ‘focus’
With the great British team just fifth overall in 2013, 66-year-old supremo Dennis wrestled back control from Martin Whitmarsh and trotted out the old line about even second place being “the first of the losers”.
“We need to understand the brake-by-wire system”
Romain Grosjean wasn’t his always-smiling self during one dramatic moment at the Bahrain tests last week.
The engine development ‘freeze’ deadline will not be extended.
Earlier, it emerged that crisis-struck Renault had managed to get onto the agenda for Friday’s F1 strategy group meeting a discussion about extending the end-February deadline for the homologation of its troubled V6 ‘power unit’.
Lotus is pinning its high hopes for 2014 on trouble engine supplier Renault.
Technical boss Nick Chester is confident the Enstone team has produced a winning car, with respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt agreeing the double-tusked E22 is the most “courageous” in the field.
“On the other hand, I am very happy to have found this solution with Lotus”
Charles Pic has admitted being dropped by Caterham ahead of the 2014 season was “a surprise”.
F1′s ugly face of 2014 could get uglier still
That is the warning of the German specialist magazine Auto Motor und Sport, claiming that car designers are looking into nose solutions for the new rules that are even less attractive than those already used during testing.
Smedley joins Massa at Williams
It has been a poorly-kept paddock secret that the 40-year-old, famous for his close relationship with Felipe Massa as race engineer at Ferrari, was set to follow his Brazilian colleague and friend to Williams this year.
Williams’ Nasr the ‘real third driver’ – manager
The comments made by Amir Nasr, a well-known figure in the world of Brazilian motor racing, follow news Susie Wolff will drive the new Williams on Friday at both the British and German grands prix this year.
“The laptimes are not the best, but the first thing was to get the car running.”
World champion Sebastian Vettel finally managed some laps but at a sluggish pace on Thursday as Red Bull’s pre-season crisis continues.
Martin Whitmarsh expected to leave McLaren altogether
His official title may be ‘racing director’, but Eric Boullier on Thursday said he is actually McLaren’s new team principal.
“I am very excited to join a top team”
Charles Pic is expecting to appear on the timesheets in some Friday practice sessions this year, after signing up as the new Lotus third driver.
Lotus finally confirms 2014 Renault deal
Lotus F1 Team and Renault Sport F1 are delighted to officially confirm the extension of their successful chassis-engine partnership for 2014 and beyond.
Acting team boss Gerard Lopez expects Lotus to be fully competitive in 2014.
Amid rumours of financial strife, the Enstone team sat out the opening Jerez test, and when the E22 finally made its public debut in Bahrain on Wednesday, it clocked the slowest time and a mere 8 laps.
Even the smaller teams are guilty of worsening F1′s growing financial crisis.
That is the view of the departing Lotus chief executive Patrick Louis, who admitted the Enstone team baulked at signing Nico Hulkenberg for 2014 purely for financial reasons.
“The car was still being assembled”
Red Bull’s troubles seemed to have carried over from Jerez, as Sebastian Vettel struggled to get up to speed in the troubled RB10 on Wednesday.
Mood ‘completely different’ at Williams in 2014 – Bottas
That is the view of Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, as he prepares for his second campaign in formula one with the once-great British team.
Lotus is now ready to push the throttle down in 2014.
That is the claim of driver Romain Grosjean, following rumours the Enstone team is still struggling with the sort of financial problems that became well-known in the F1 paddock late last season.
“Pastor has shown how fast he is but I think he is often underestimated.”
Xevi Pujolar, the well-known F1 engineer who has switched from Williams to Toro Rosso, says Pastor Maldonado is “underestimated”.
Renault on Friday played down the seriousness of its early season engine crisis.
After Renault-powered teams struggled for laps at the Jerez test recently, former F1 team boss Gian Carlo Minardi this week repeated rumours world champions Red Bull may be looking for a new supplier of turbo V6 engines.
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