Tag Archive: Lotus-Renault

Nov 28

“No hard feelings on Williams’ decision” – Bruno Senna

Brazilian driver will confirm his F1 plans soon

2012-06-09_02082012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Bruno Senna 06Bruno Senna, aware of the team’s long term plans for some time already, today accepted pragmatically the choice of Williams driver line up for the next Formula 1 season which was announced earlier this morning in England. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

Jaime Alguersuari reportedly ended talks with the Lotus (nee Renault) team late last year because he believed his job at Toro Rosso was safe.

Alguersuari ended Lotus seat talks last November

2011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 32011-10-14 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Korea - Jaime AlguersuariThat is the claim of the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, referring to the 22-year-old Spanish driver who was ousted at the last minute for the 2012 season by Toro Rosso owner Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Ecclestone involved in Petrov’s race seat quest – manager

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone got involved in Vitaly Petrov’s quest to stay on the grid this year, the Russian driver’s manager has revealed.

2011-06-09_03032011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 02We reported recently that, after the 27-year-old lost his Renault (now Lotus) race seat, the sport’s ‘supremo’ Ecclestone became involved in order to keep Petrov on the grid. The 81-year-old Briton has arranged to take his sport to Russia in the near future, while Petrov is supported personally by prime minister Vladimir Putin.

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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 12

Manager to announce Petrov’s 2012 plans this month

Vitaly Petrov’s plans for the 2012 season will be announced before the end of December.

2011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 022011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 03That is the claim of his manager Oksana Kosachenko, following Lotus’ decision to replace the Russian – despite his 2012 contract – with new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean.

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Dec 11

Boullier not sure Kubica has Lotus future

Team boss Eric Boullier shrugged his shoulders and answered “I don’t know” when asked if Robert Kubica has a future with Lotus

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Eric Boullier 01Robert Kubica 2011-11-01 The team, together with the Polish driver last year when known as Renault, have been waiting throughout 2011 for Kubica to recover from serious injuries sustained in a pre-season rally crash.But there have been rumours of ructions between the team and the driver’s management camps — the latest quarrel being the wording of a statement announcing that Kubica is not ready to immediately return in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 02

Berger linked with Renault/Lotus role

Gerhard Berger has emerged as a contender to work with the Lotus Renault team.

00731full842011-11-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Abu Dhabi - Romain Grosjean 01Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport and Finland’s Turun Sanomat report that the former grand prix winner, BMW motor sport director and Toro Rosso co-owner has been sounded out by Lotus’ owner Genii Capital.

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Dec 02

After F1 switch, co-driver hopes Raikkonen keeps rallying

Kimi Raikkonen’s co-driver for the past two years hopes the Finn will continue his passion for rallying.

Kimi Raikkonen test Peugeot2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (1)After leaving F1 at the end of 2009, the 2007 world champion has now decided to return to formula one for at least the next two seasons with Lotus Renault.

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Dec 02

Barrichello also tips Raikkonen to struggle

Rubens Barrichello agrees with Sebastian Vettel that Kimi Raikkonen might struggle to re-adapt to formula one.

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 012011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (6)World champion Vettel said this week he can imagine “it would be very difficult to return straight away to the same level as before” after a two-year absence from F1.

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Nov 29

Petrov manager heads to Enstone for 2012 talks

With Kimi Raikkonen now seated firmly at Lotus Renault, the race is on to be the famous Finn’s teammate in 2012.

2011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 022011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Vitaly Petrov 01Vitaly Petrov has a contract that runs into next year, but the Russian admitted recently that paperwork in F1 is often meaningless. Indeed, the Russia Today (RT) publication on Tuesday reported that Petrov’s manager, Oksana Kosachenko, is on her way to the team’s Enstone base late on Tuesday “to hold talks over (the driver’s) future with the team”.

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Nov 29

Raikkonen insists F1 passion and motivation intact

Kimi Raikkonen on Tuesday insisted he “never lost passion” for racing in formula one.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - India 012011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (1)The 2007 world champion, who left F1 two years ago for world rallying and NASCAR, also denied he might not be sufficiently motivated ahead of his return to the sport with Lotus Renault in 2012.

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Sep 14

Red Bull now Renault’s works team – Horner

Red Bull is now the works Renault team.

2011-06-11_11182011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 0008That is the claim of Red Bull principal Christian Horner, after the team’s new engine supply deal with Renault Sport F1 was announced at Monza. It was announced not only that Renault engines will continue to power the Red Bull cars through 2017, but that the parties will collaborate “to develop innovative technical solutions” for the new V6 engine of 2014.

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Sep 11

Fernandes hints at Team Lotus name change

Tony Fernandes has hinted strongly that he will drop the Team Lotus name for his formula one team ahead of the 2012 season.

2011-05-07 - Team Lotus - Turkey - Tony Fernandes - Mike Gascoyne2011-05-21 - Team Lotus - Spain - 02The Malaysian entrepreneur has been locked in a bitter dispute with Renault sponsor Group Lotus but won the legal right to keep deploying the name for his Hingham-based team. But Fernandes, also the owner of the AirAsia airline, has subsequently bought the British specialist sports car maker Caterham and renamed his GP2 team Caterham Team AirAsia.

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Jul 28

Heidfeld vows to fight for F1 future

Nick Heidfeld felt the heat of the media on Thursday

2011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Nick Heidfeld 022011-05-20 - Lotus Renault GP - Spain - Eric Boullier 01Recent reports have hinted Renault team boss Eric Boullier is disappointed with the veteran German and considering replacing him with either Romain Grosjean or Bruno Senna. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

‘Three teams’ eyeing Grosjean for 2012 – Boullier

Three formula one teams are interested in signing Romain Grosjean, according to Renault chief Eric Boullier

2010-10-24 - Renault F1 Team - Eric Boullier 01Romain Grosjean helmetFrenchman Boullier, who also heads the Gravity driver management company, is reportedly considering his countryman as an immediate replacement for Nick Heidfeld. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Heidfeld not fulfilling leadership role – Boullier

Speculation that Nick Heidfeld might lose his Renault race seat is heating up

2011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Nick Heidfeld 022011-05-20 - Lotus Renault GP - Spain - Eric Boullier 01Already this week, the German sources Bild and Auto Motor und Sport have wondered whether Heidfeld having to give up his Friday practice seat in Hungary is a sign he has lost the support of team boss Eric Boullier. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14

Boss says Renault to stay in F1 if ‘conditions’ met

French carmaker Renault’s continuing involvement in formula one relies on “certain conditions” being present.

2011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Vitaly Petrov 01That is the claim of Carlos Tavares, who is the marque’s freshly appointed chief operating officer. After the ‘crashgate’ scandal, Renault effectively withdrew from F1 as a works team and is now only an engine supplier to the Red Bull, Lotus Renault, Team Lotus and – in 2012 – Williams teams.

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Jul 13

Renault denies team set for Cosworth switch

French engine supplier Renault has scotched rumours it might split with the formula one team that bears its name.

05 - Renault F1 Team2011-07-05 - AT&T Williams - Renault Engines 01It has been rumoured that Enstone based Lotus Renault GP is behind on its customer engine payments to Renault Sport F1 and might therefore switch to Cosworth power for 2012.

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Jul 11

Renault team could lose Renault power in 2012 – report

Rumours about the health of the team currently known as Renault refused to disappear at Silverstone.

2011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Nick Heidfeld 012011-07-05 - AT&T Williams - Renault Engines 01Boss Eric Boullier recently dismissed the rumours, hinting that they were triggered mischievously at Monaco by his predecessor Flavio Briatore. But six weeks later, there was once again similar talk in the paddock of the British grand prix, not long after Williams was announced as engine supplier Renault Sport’s newest partner team for 2012 and beyond.

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Jul 10

Heidfeld eyes Kubica, Petrov’s race seat for 2012

“Nothing is more convincing than good results” – Heidfeld

2011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Nick Heidfeld 052011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Nick Heidfeld 04Nick Heidfeld has revealed he wants to stay at Renault next year, in either Robert Kubica or Vitaly Petrov’s place. The 34-year-old German was drafted in for 2011 in the wake of Polish regular Kubica’s horror rally crash in February.

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