Tag Archive: Lotus

Mar 07

Ron Dennis is unapologetic as he vows to take McLaren back on the road to winning

Dennis vows to restore McLaren ‘focus’

2014-03-02_0012 - McLaren Mercedes - Bahrain - Jenson Button 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”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Grosjean lost cool in Lotus garage

“We need to understand the brake-by-wire system”

2014-03-01_0005 - Lotus F1 Team - Bahrain - Romain Grosjean Romain Grosjean wasn’t his always-smiling self during one dramatic moment at the Bahrain tests last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

No engine freeze delay for troubled Renault

The engine development ‘freeze’ deadline will not be extended.

2014-01-22 - Renault Energy F1-2014 (18) 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’. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Lotus hopes Renault can power winning car

Lotus is pinning its high hopes for 2014 on trouble engine supplier Renault.

2014-02-20 - Lotus F1 Team - Bahrain test (6)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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Pic admits Caterham axe ‘a surprise’

“On the other hand, I am very happy to have found this solution with Lotus”

Charles Pic - Olivier Panis Charles Pic has admitted being dropped by Caterham ahead of the 2014 season was “a surprise”. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

2014 noses could get even uglier – report

F1′s ugly face of 2014 could get uglier still

2014-01-30 - Caterham F1 Team - Marcus Ericsson 04That 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Williams on Tuesday finally confirmed long speculation Rob Smedley is joining the British team.

Smedley joins Massa at Williams

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe Massa 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Felipe Nasr’s uncle and manager insists the Brazilian is the “real third driver” at Williams this year

Williams’ Nasr the ‘real third driver’ – manager

Dams - Felipe Nasr 01 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 24

Red Bull still in crisis as Mercedes streaks ahead

Defending champions Red Bull are in major trouble

2014-01-30 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (21) With only four days of track running now left until Melbourne, a clear trend is emerging. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Red Bull ‘has lots of problems’ – Vettel

“The laptimes are not the best, but the first thing was to get the car running.”

2014-01-30 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (6) World champion Sebastian Vettel finally managed some laps but at a sluggish pace on Thursday as Red Bull’s pre-season crisis continues. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Boullier says he is McLaren ‘team principal’

Martin Whitmarsh expected to leave McLaren altogether

2013-06-06_0284 His official title may be ‘racing director’, but Eric Boullier on Thursday said he is actually McLaren’s new team principal. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Pic ‘expects’ Friday work with Lotus in 2014

“I am very excited to join a top team”

Charles Pic - Olivier Panis 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Lotus F1 Team and Renault Sport F1 confirm partnership

Lotus finally confirms 2014 Renault deal

04 - Lotus F1 Team Lotus F1 Team and Renault Sport F1 are delighted to officially confirm the extension of their successful chassis-engine partnership for 2014 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Lopez tips new Lotus to ‘go like hell’

Acting team boss Gerard Lopez expects Lotus to be fully competitive in 2014.

Gérard Lopez - photo © Dppi - E. Vargiolu 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Even small teams driving up F1 costs – Louis

Even the smaller teams are guilty of worsening F1′s growing financial crisis.

2013-06-06_0282 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 19

More delays for Red Bull in Bahrain

“The car was still being assembled”

2014-01-30 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (28) 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 19

The mood at Williams is “completely different” compared to the same time last year.

Mood ‘completely different’ at Williams in 2014 – Bottas

2014-01-30 - Williams F1 Team - FW36 - Valtteri Bottas (2) 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Boullier exit ‘a surprise’ – Grosjean

Lotus is now ready to push the throttle down in 2014.

2013-06-06_0089 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Pujolar says Maldonado ‘a great fighter’

“Pastor has shown how fast he is but I think he is often underestimated.”

2013-06-06_0061 Xevi Pujolar, the well-known F1 engineer who has switched from Williams to Toro Rosso, says Pastor Maldonado is “underestimated”. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

Renault plays down early season crisis

Renault on Friday played down the seriousness of its early season engine crisis.

2013-06-21 - Renault Sport F1 - Energy F1-2014 (8) 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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