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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May 09

Cosworth eyes stock market float – report

Formula one engine supplier Cosworth is reportedly considering a stock market floatation.

Cosworth2011-04-09 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysia - Cosworth 01The Sunday Times reported that the independent Northampton-based outfit has appointed UK investment bank JPMorgan Cazenove to consider the initial public offering. Without naming the source of the information, the newspaper said the floatation could value Cosworth – supplying engines in formula one to Williams, HRT and Virgin – at more than $400 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport has revealed Red Bull has taken a different approach to KERS

Red Bull KERS components ‘scattered’ on RB7 – report

2011-04-19 - Red Bull Racing - China - Mark Webber 012011-04-19 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 01The otherwise-dominant team has struggled with the technology so far in 2011, and is using the three-week break before Turkey to try to fix the problems. “If I’m honest,” said designer Adrian Newey recently, “I would rather not have KERS on the car.” The Briton was also quoted as saying Red Bull is in a “learning phase” with its system, amid suggestions Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have been banned from talking about KERS or any specifics of their difficulties. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Kubica still ‘part of Renault team’ – Heidfeld

“For this I hope you make good progress with the rehab. Get well soon!” – Heidfeld

2011-04-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Malaysia - Nick Heidfeld 062011-04-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Malaysia - Nick Heidfeld 03Nick Heidfeld wore Robert Kubica’s ‘RK’ logo and an image of the Polish flag on his helmet as he achieved his first podium of the 2011 season at Sepang. The German driver, who was Kubica’s BMW teammate some years ago, is substituting for the Pole this year as he recovers from injuries sustained in a horror rally crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 24

Kubica to start real rehabilitation ‘soon’ – doctor

Robert Kubica is facing down a long and intensive path to full fitness

Robert Kubica portrait 2011-02-06Robert Kubica rally crash car (2)After suffering horrific injuries in a rally crash and three major operations, the Polish driver has finally been moved out of intensive care to the rehabilitation ward of his Italian hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Renault can replace Heidfeld during 2011 – report

 Nick Heidfeld’s new contract with Renault allows the team to replace him with Robert Kubica at any point in 2011

2011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Nick Heidfeld 022011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Nick Heidfeld 01That is the claim of the specialist publication Speed Week, amid earlier suggestions a solid one-year term might have been the wiser choice for the Lotus-sponsored team before injured Pole Kubica makes a bid to return in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Kubica moves fingers, talks to father

“Kubica is conscious”

Robert Kubica - rallye d'Antibes - 10-20102011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 0009 - Robert KubicaThe day after suffering horrific injuries in a rally smash, Robert Kubica awoke from an induced coma, talked to his father and moved his fingers. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Robert’s general condition is much better today.

Kubica out for months – Boullier 

2010-10-24 - Renault F1 Team - Eric Boullier 012011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 0009 - Robert KubicaAfter spending the night under constant observation, he was briefly woken up by the doctors of the Santa Corona Hospital (Pietra Ligure) this morning. The Lotus Renault GP driver was then able to talk to his relatives. He was also able to move his fingers, which is encouraging for the rest of his recovery process.  

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Jan 31

Grosjean announces Renault third driver role for 2011

Romain Grosjean is Renault’s third driver for the 2011 season.

Auto GP - Romain Grosjean - DAMSFrench reports said the appointment is despite the Proton-linked Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy being recently signed as the Lotus-sponsored team’s reserve driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 08

‘Team Lotus’ resolute after Group Lotus announcement

“Dany Bahar has done us a favour” – Fernandes

09 - Lotus F1 Racing2010-06-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - 02‘Team Lotus’ on Wednesday indicated it is in no mood to give in despite Group Lotus entering formula one for 2011. F1 is now facing the bizarre situation of one team – Tony Fernandes’ Team Lotus – being known as Lotus-Renault, while the Renault F1 team is officially Lotus Renault GP. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 08

Renault sells up as Group Lotus enters F1

Renault launches Renault Sport F1. Genii Capital and Group Lotus join forces in Lotus Renault GP.

2010-12-08 - Renault-LotusRenault F1 TeamGroup Lotus on Wednesday finally unveiled its collaboration for 2011 and beyond with the Renault F1 team. It had been expected that the famous British sports car maker, now owned by Malaysia’s Proton, would tie up with Renault either in the form of a title sponsorship or by actually buying some of the Enstone based team. Read the rest of this entry »

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