Tag Archive: Enstone

Nov 28

Williams poaches sponsor from struggling Lotus

A major backer of the Lotus team has switched allegiances within the F1 pitlane.

2014-07-26 - Williams Martini Racing - Hungary - Valterri Bottas 02Earlier this year, amid the Enstone team’s slump from fourth in 2012 and 2013 to just eighth in the 2014 constructors’ standings, rumours emerged that the Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever could switch from Lotus to McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Lotus set to announce Grosjean for 2015

Lotus is set to announce that Romain Grosjean is staying with the Enstone team in 2015.

2014-06-07_0899 Just a week ago, the Frenchman was saying he had the power to step out of his contract and move to a bigger team. But a lot – albeit all apparently behind the scenes – has changed in the intervening days, including reports that Fernando Alonso is definitely heading to McLaren-Honda. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Lotus hoping for Grosjean announcement ‘soon’

Romain Grosjean is edging close to a deal to remain with Lotus for 2015.

2014-06-08_0849 Spain’s Marca reported this week that talks about a possible switch to McLaren-Honda, where the Frenchman may have been under consideration as an alternative to Fernando Alonso, have now ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Alonso return would be ‘no surprise’ – Lopez

Fernando Alonso’s future continues to be clouded in mystery.

IMG_5961 What does seem certain is that his five-year relationship with Ferrari is set to end, with the only thing blocking his official departure and the arrival of Sebastian Vettel being a Mexican standoff-style contractual impasse. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Grosjean reveals Lotus exit clause

Romain Grosjean has revealed an exit clause will allow him to walk away from Lotus at the end of the season.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 03 Insiders believe the Frenchman, obviously frustrated by the Enstone team’s struggles in 2014, is waiting for the Fernando Alonso situation to clear before re-committing to Lotus for another season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Alonso future unclear amid Audi, Lotus rumours

A major sponsor of the Lotus team has stirred up the already confusing speculation about Fernando Alonso’s next move.

Fernando Alonso - Audi  (photo Audi) Most insiders believe the Spaniard and Ferrari have already dissolved their contract, paving the way for Sebastian Vettel to join Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 nose

Lotus has confirmed it will test a conventional nose solution ahead of next weekend’s US grand prix.

2014-06-08_0557 The struggling team has run an unique, asymmetrical and double-pronged ‘walrus’-style nose in 2014, but currently sits just eighth in the constructors’ standings with three races to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Grosjean hints at Lotus stay for 2015

Romain Grosjean appears set to remain at Lotus in 2015.

2014-05-09 - Lotus F1 Team - Spain - Romain Grosjean 00 Although the French driver has been leaving his future open while Fernando Alonso’s move remains unclear, Lotus owner Gerard Lopez has now suggested Enstone is likely to field an identical driver lineup next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Engine switch to bring half-second boost – Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado has admitted he is looking forward to Lotus’ switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2015.

IMG_3927 The Venezuelan has said consistently this year he does not regret moving last winter from Williams to the Enstone-based team. But almost a full season on, while Williams made an impressive leap from the rear of the midfield to the upper grid hatchings in 2014, Lotus’ reverse in fortunes has been just as dramatic. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Alonso eyes Williams as sabbatical ‘risk’ grows

Williams is the latest team sensationally linked with Fernando Alonso’s uncertain future.

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso The growing feeling in the F1 paddock is that, as Ferrari reportedly prepares to welcome Sebastian Vettel, Spaniard Alonso is facing the prospect of a year on the sidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Total exit not end of Lotus career – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean has denied that Lotus’ new Mercedes engine deal makes it less likely he will stay with the Enstone team beyond 2014.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 On the face of it, the struggling team’s switch from an underpowered Renault ‘power unit’ is good news for Lotus’ frustrated drivers. “It will help Lotus,” Grosjean agreed at Sochi. “I am sure that next year the team will be more competitive.  The option of (staying with) Lotus has become quite attractive.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Lotus finally announces Mercedes switch

Lotus has finally announced its switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2015 and beyond.

2013-03-28 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Mercedes-Benz engine With current Mercedes customer McLaren moving to works Honda power next year, it has long been rumoured that Enstone based Lotus would pick up the deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Alonso rumours keep shifting into higher gear

The Spaniard’s future at Ferrari is in serious doubt

2014-06-05_0247 In terms of speculation about his future, the last days have been arguably the most intense in Fernando Alonso’s entire career. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Briatore eyes Lotus switch for Ferrari’s Alonso – report

Rumours about Fernando Alonso’s future at Ferrari are continuing to run wild in the days after the Singapore grand prix.

Alonso-Briatore - photo Getty Images Italy’s respected La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed this week that the disgruntled Spaniard has now told the crisis-struck Maranello marque of his intention to leave. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Lotus at Monza is ‘worst car’ – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean is pulling no punches at Monza as he assesses the performance of his Lotus car.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 Reportedly eyeing the exit at the struggling Enstone team, the Frenchman’s season looks to have hit rock bottom in Italy as he led only the Caterhams in practice. 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 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

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 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

Grosjean in no hurry to secure F1 future

With his Lotus future in doubt, Romain Grosjean could be eyeing a move up the formula one grid.

2014-06-07_0194 The Enstone based team is sticking with its other driver, Pastor Maldonado, whose sponsor PDVSA brings millions in crucial backing. 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 07

‘Hurdles’ in way of Lotus’ Mercedes move

Lotus’ switch to Mercedes power for 2015 may be hitting a snag.

IMG_2508As recently as Sunday, the end of the struggling Enstone based team’s Renault deal seemed a mere formality. “I can’t confirm it yet,” Mercedes’ Toto Wolff smiled to British television Sky at Silverstone. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 06

Grosjean on move as Lotus shifts gear

Romain Grosjean could be left out in the cold as Lotus looks to change gear for 2015.

IMG_3960 It is now an open secret that the Enstone based team intends to switch from Renault to Mercedes customer power at the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Sauber to stay with Ferrari power in 2015

Swiss team Sauber has notably struggled in 2014, but it will not change its engine supplier for 2015.

IMG_6513 According to word from Silverstone, Lotus is poised to announce its switch from struggling Renault to leading Mercedes power for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03

Renault shakeup sees Jalinier go, Abiteboul return

Deep into its difficult first season of the new V6 era, Renault has made changes at the very top.

Renault Sport F1 After premier team Red Bull’s dismal showing at home in Austria last time out, disgruntled team boss Christian Horner declared: “There needs to be change at Renault. Read the rest of this entry »

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