Don’t Stop Me Now
Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that this year’s Formula 1 challenger will be named the E20, with a new nomenclature commencing to commemorate the twentieth chassis designed at the team’s base in Enstone, Oxfordshire.
Lotus confirms Grosjean as Raikkonen’s teammate
Lotus Renault GP and TOTAL are delighted to announce that Romain Grosjean will race alongside 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen next season. The two companies are also pleased to confirm that they have renewed their sponsorship agreement for another year.
Kimi Räikkönen Q&A
Kimi, good news today, you have decided to come back to Formula 1. Why are you coming back? The main reason was that I never really lost the passion for racing in Formula 1, just maybe for all the other things around it. But when I did some NASCAR races this year I noticed that I was increasingly missing the racing side – to race against each other – because in rallying you really race against the clock. And then I got the call from certain people in Formula 1. All sorts of things happened and we managed to have a nice conversation with Lotus Renault GP and make a deal – I’m really very happy with that!
Red Bull FMX riders top shows for ROC 2011
Highlights include the Lotus Renault GP two-seater F1 car, rally legend Stig Blomqvist in the Audi S1, Chris Pfeiffer Streetbike Freestyle Rider and stunt driver Terry Grant’s world record attempt for driving on two wheels. The shows run alongside the main event, the Race Of Champions, whose line-up includes three Formula 1 world champions.
Kubica will not start 2012 season with Renault
Robert Kubica has today informed Lotus Renault GP that, despite having started an intensive training programme, it is still too early for him to commit to driving in the 2012 championship. Robert’s progress remains impressive – he can now walk freely, and move his hand and elbow -, but he feels that he needs more time to return to full fitness.
Vitaly Petrov has apologised for slamming his employer Lotus Renault GP in an interview, manager Oksana Kossatchenko said on Friday.
In the Russian interview with Rossiya 2, the 27-year-old hit out at the Enstone based team’s rate of development this season as well as its pitstops, race strategies and bosses, and admitted it is possible he will be ousted for “business” reasons despite having a signed contract for 2012.
Vietoris is more than happy to miss out on the F1 trial to be involved in the DTM testing with Mercedes
Christian Vietoris was actually due to link up with the Lotus Renault GP team for this week’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, but he has now pulled out. Instead, he will be spending Tuesday to Thursday taking the new DTM AMG Mercedes C Coupé out for the first time at the Monte Blanco circuit in Spain.
Canadian Champion looking ahead to Abu Dhabi and Formula One Test
Canada’s Robert Wickens hasn’t had much time to reflect on his title-winning campaign, where he raced his Marussia Motors-backed entry to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title, but prior to heading out to the Indian Grand Prix this weekend with Marussia Virgin Racing, the 22-year-old Formula One reserve driver reflected on his first European open-wheel racing title, the competition he faced and his upcoming Formula One test in Abu Dhabi in November.
Today, Robert underwent one last scheduled operation in Italy, aimed at recovering the full mobility of his right elbow.
The surgeons are happy to report that they have been able to complete 100% of their task and did not encounter any complications. They have described the outcome of the operation as “a total success”.
Lotus Renault GP confirms Bruno Senna to race alongside Vitaly Petrov
Lotus Renault GP can confirm that Bruno Senna has been nominated to race alongside Vitaly Petrov at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix and at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks later. The team’s present intention is to give Bruno the opportunity to race for the rest of the season. However, some legal issues have not been fully resolved as yet and, as a result, the team will make another announcement on this matter in due course.
Romain Grosjean will take a big step towards returning to formula one in September.
Italy’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.
Cosworth is staying in formula one and designing a V6 engine even though it only has two customers for 2012.
Team Lotus switched to Renault power last year and Williams is following suit for 2012, leaving struggling Virgin and Hispania as the only Cosworth teams on the grid. The independent Northampton based engine maker said when it returned to F1 in 2010 that it needed a minimum number of customers to make its programme viable.
Robert Kubica has confirmed his desire to return to formula one next year with Renault.
Asked by a fan on the team’s website if he will be ready for the 2012 season and a title fight, the injured Pole answered: “Yes to the first question. “For your second question, we will have to wait until the first test in 2012!”
Sochi will host first ever Russian Formula One Grand Prix in 2014
Organizers of Formula Sochi speed festival are pleased to announce, that Red Bull Racing team has joined the list of participants of bright motorsport show, which will take place at the city of Sochi on July 16-17th – it will bring racing car to Russia.
Formula Renault 3.5 leader enjoys World Series Prize Drive
As Canada Day gifts go, Robert Wickens undoubtedly received one of the best as the 22-year-old Toronto racer sampled a Lotus Renault GP R30 Formula One car at the Hungaroring in Hungary on Friday – his prize from the ‘World Series by Renault’ for leading the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the half-way stage of the season.