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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.
“We need to make a decision quickly” – Lopez
Olivier Quesnel is Lotus’ new team principal, according to the authoritative Italian publication Autosprint.
It seems Renault is yet to solve all its troubles with the new turbo V6 ‘power unit’.
After a disastrous Jerez test for the French engine supplier and its partners – notably world champions Red Bull – Renault appeared to have taken a step forward when it emerged the new Lotus had run almost trouble-free during its more recent track debut.
F1′s governing body will move to stop ‘ugly’ noses ahead of the 2015 season.
Drivers, fans and even the designers have expressed dismay at the aesthetics of this year’s new cars, after a change to the nose-height regulations on safety grounds for 2014.
Lotus gave its new E22 a successful rollout at Jerez on Saturday
Gerard Lopez, the Lotus team owner, has played down suggestions the Enstone squad is still grappling with financial problems.
Lotus enjoyed a trouble-free track debut with its 2014 car, the E22, at Jerez
Earlier rumours suggested the Enstone team had struck the same sort of Renault-powered trouble that left the French engine supplier’s grandee partner, Red Bull, with only a handful of laps of running at the official Jerez test recently.
Following Eric Boullier’s switch to McLaren
Olivier Quesnel, the former Citroen and Peugeot world rally boss, has leapt into pole position to become Lotus’ new team boss.
Lotus will “debut some of the changes” devised by Renault
Representatives of the Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham teams will reportedly be present when Lotus does its ‘filming day’ at Jerez on Friday.
Lotus at Jerez for promotional ‘filming days’ on demonstration Pirelli tyres
Lotus will not wait until the next official test in Bahrain to get its delayed 2014 car on track.
“We have talked to at least three other people.”
Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has played down reports McLaren refugee Martin Whitmarsh is definitely headed to Enstone.
“Apparently, the money will already be flowing this season”
Honda will fill any financial void at McLaren, after the great British team unveiled its new silver and black MP4-29 without replacing departed title sponsor Vodafone.
“Good luck to them!”
Romain Grosjean is not so sure Fernando Alonso will have an easy time alongside new Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in 2013.
Linked with McLaren and the great British team’s 2015 engine supplier Honda
Despite earlier saying he would consider his F1 future during a sabbatical, Ross Brawn now insists he has definitively retired.
Other reports said the FIA has confirmed the news
Lotus and Marussia have ended doubts about their official participation in the 2014 championship.
“I am very flattered but simply I don’t want to get involved or engaged” – Brawn
Ross Brawn on Thursday denied speculation he is set to join McLaren as its new chief executive.
“I don’t think Lotus have done it out of choice”
Pat Symonds, a former long-time personality at the Enstone team, says he has “sympathy” for struggling Lotus.
“The approach is – without a doubt – different, but it is legitimate”
Lotus’ innovative double-pronged nose solution for 2014 has been declared legal by the FIA’s Charlie Whiting.
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