Tag Archive: Gravity

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 »

Feb 04

Grosjean not tipping winner of Alonso-Raikkonen battle

“Good luck to them!”

2013-10-26 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 09 Romain Grosjean is not so sure Fernando Alonso will have an easy time alongside new Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 27

Grosjean future safe despite Boullier exit

Lopez told France’s RMC that Grosjean is safe

2013-11-17 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 01 Romain Grosjean’s Lotus future is safe, despite the departure from the team of boss Eric Boullier. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 07

Buemi to sign new Red Bull deal – report

Sebastien Buemi will remain Red Bull’s official third and reserve driver in 2013, the Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick reports.

2012-09-02 - Red Bull Racing - Singapore - Sebastien Buemi2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Sebastien Buemi (3)It had already emerged that the former Toro Rosso racer, who served as Red Bull’s reserve in 2012, is now definitely out of the running for this year’s second Force India seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

Grosjean’s career not in danger ‘for now’ – Boullier

Eric Boullier was vague when asked if Romain Grosjean’s constant first-lap crashes have endangered his future in formula one.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Romain Grosjean 042012-07-21 - Lotus F1 Team - Germany - Romain Grosjean 02“Not for now,” said the Lotus team boss, who doubles as the head of the Gravity company that manages the beleaguered Frenchman’s career. After his Monza race ban, Grosjean was back in trouble at Suzuka when he incurred the furious Mark Webber’s wrath for yet another first-corner crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 05

Grosjean hasn’t blown second shot at F1 – Boullier

Romain Grosjean’s race ban – the first in formula one for almost two decades – has not damaged the Frenchman’s relationship with Lotus.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Romain Grosjean 032012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 0020That is the claim of his boss and manager Eric Boullier, who fended off speculation Grosjean, 26, could be on the verge of blowing his second and final shot at a grand prix career. Boullier’s other Gravity-managed driver, Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio, is sitting in for Grosjean this weekend, prompting the risk the usually-happy Frenchman could lose momentum and – as he did at the end of 2009 – once again slide off the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

D’Ambrosio on pole for Monza race seat

Jerome d’Ambrosio is on pole position to replace the banned Romain Grosjean at Monza.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 0192012-06-09_0119The FIA has banned Frenchman Grosjean for one race after causing the crash that ended championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton’s Belgian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

May 01

D’Ambrosio could drive Fridays in 2012

Jerome d’Ambrosio has revealed he could drive one of the Lotus cars during Friday morning practice sessions at some point in 2012.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 0192012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean - Jerome DAmbrosio - Kimi Raikkonen 01The former Virgin driver, who is managed by Lotus boss Eric Boullier’s Gravity company, was appointed as the team’s third and reserve driver for this year. But, until now, it was not known if the role would involve Friday morning practice duties. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 25

Lotus signs d’Ambrosio ‘before HRT announcement’

Former Virgin driver Jerome d’Ambrosio will be the third driver for Lotus in 2012.

05 - Lotus F1 Team2011-08-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Belgium - Jerome DAmbrosio  1 The 26-year-old Belgian’s career is handled by Gravity, the management arm of the former Renault team’s owners Genii. He will “attend all races” this season and be ready to replace Kimi Raikkonen or Romain Grosjean if required, Lotus said in a media statement.

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Dec 14

Friday role ‘not the priority’ as d’Ambrosio eyes 2012

Jerome d’Ambrosio remains confident he can keep his new formula one racing career alive in 2012.

2011-05-21 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain - Jerome DAmbrosio 22011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey - Jerome DAmbrosio 5The Belgian, backed by sponsors and managed by the Eric Boullier-led Gravity group, has lost his race seat at Virgin/Marussia after his solid debut season this year.

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Dec 06

Owner hints all change for 2012 Lotus lineup

“It’s not just a question of Vitaly or Bruno”

2011-06-12_0553 2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - India - Gerard Lopez 01Team owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed reports Lotus could change its driver lineup completely ahead of the 2012 season. Already signed up for next year is Kimi Raikkonen, amid reports 2011 drivers Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov are the main contenders to be the famous Finn’s teammate.

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Nov 10

D’Ambrosio looks around but no Virgin decision yet

Virgin has refused to confirm reports it has already decided to replace Jerome d’Ambrosio with French rookie Charles Pic in 2012.

2011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02The French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Wednesday that 21-year-old Pic, fourth in GP2 this year and backed by the Lagardere group, will be Timo Glock’s new teammate.

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Sep 21

Boullier clouds Petrov’s future with ‘exit clause’ talk

Renault’s team boss has added fuel to speculation Vitaly Petrov might be ousted at the end of the season.

2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 032011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Bruno Senna - Romain GrosjeanIt was reported last week that not only Russian Petrov but also his 2010 teammate Robert Kubica could be overlooked for the Enstone based team’s race seats next year. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said that, instead, Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean might be regarded as the favourites, despite the fact Petrov has a valid contract.

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Sep 07

Grosjean ‘now ready’ for F1 return – Boullier

GP2’s newly crowned champion is ready to return to formula one, according to his manager Eric Boullier.

GP2 - Romain GrosjeanGP2 - Spa - Dams - Romain GrosjeanFrenchman Boullier, in charge of the Gravity management company, doubles as Renault team principal, where countryman Romain Grosjean is regarded as a possible teammate for Russian Vitaly Petrov next year.

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Aug 08

Grosjean to test Heidfeld’s car in Singapore – report

Romain Grosjean will take a big step towards returning to formula one in September.

GP2 - Hungary - Dams - Romain GrosjeanGP2 - Hungary - Dams - Romain GrosjeanItaly’s Autosprint reports that the Swiss-born Frenchman is set to stand in during Friday morning practice in Singapore for Renault’s Nick Heidfeld. Heidfeld, who is substituting for the injured Robert Kubica this year, also sat out practice in Hungary last month for the team’s Brazilian reserve driver Bruno Senna.

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Jul 29

Virgin in no rush to re-sign d’Ambrosio

Virgin is in no rush to re-sign Belgian rookie Jerome d’Ambrosio for 2012.

2011-07-24 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Germany -  Jerome DAmbrosio 12011-06-12_0406The team announced at the Nurburgring last week that his teammate Timo Glock will be staying on board for up to three more years. Reports subsequently emerged that talks with d’Ambrosio’s management Gravity about 2012 have begun.

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May 10

Wickens waits as late sponsors threaten d’Ambrosio seat

Jerome d’Ambrosio could lose his seat at Virgin because his sponsors have not paid up.

Robert Wickens 2011-04-282011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey - Jerome DAmbrosio 15The newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws said the reluctance of the rookie’s Belgian sponsors could hand the race seat to Robert Wickens, whose sponsors are eager for the young Canadian to make his debut as soon as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

D’Ambrosio close to 2011 Virgin race deal – Boullier

Jerome d’Ambrosio is close to securing his formula one race debut for 2011.

Jerome d'Ambrosio2010-06-27 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 4That is the claim of Eric Boullier, who is in charge not only of the Renault team, but also Genii Capital’s driver management arm Gravity. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Boullier seeks to know Raikkonen’s ‘motivation’ for F1 return

“If I was in Kimi’s position, I might stay in rallying.” – Kubica

2010-03-27 - Renault F1 Team - Eric Boullier 01Eric Boullier has dropped some big hints about the possible identity of Robert Kubica’s teammate at Renault in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

Virgin to ‘evaluate’ d’Ambrosio in Friday practice

“Both drivers have done an outstanding job for us in our debut season.”

2010-09-14 -  Virgin Racing - 01Jerome d’Ambrosio will replace Virgin regular Lucas di Grassi for four of the remaining five Friday morning practice sessions in 2010. Recent speculation hinted at the possibility of a 2011 race seat for the Belgian GP2 driver, whose manager has revealed he has already raised the majority of the necessary budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

Lopez link no guarantee of seat for Tung

Berger to join Renault team in 2010 – report

A member of Ho-Pin Tung’s management team has confirmed reports the Dutch-born Chinese is not guaranteed a race seat at Renault in 2010. 27-year-old Tung tested the R29 recently at Jerez because he is managed by the Gravity Sports company.  Closely involved with Gravity is Gerard Lopez, the new majority owner of the Enstone based formula one team. Read the rest of this entry »