Tag Archive: Lotus

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 21

Total president killed in plane crash

The president of F1 sponsor Total has been killed in a plane crash, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports.

View image on TwitterThe French oil multinational is closely aligned in formula one with Renault-powered teams Red Bull and Lotus and the French driver Romain Grosjean. Russia’s Lifenews service also reports that Total’s president, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow early on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

‘Silly season’ waits but 2015 rumours still firing

Porsche would like to enter a third car in the fabled Le Mans 24 hour race next year with F1 stars at the wheel, according to Germany’s Auto Bild.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - 2014 drivers The report said Nico Hulkenberg, despite being close to a new deal to stay with Force India in 2015, is at the top of the German carmaker’s shortlist. Theoretically, Porsche’s supposed plan is possible, given that the F1 calendar is not scheduled to clash with the fabled endurance race next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

Marko yet to tell Sainz of plans for 2015

Even now crowned the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, Carlos Sainz jr is still in the dark about his F1 future.

Carlos Sainz - Spa 2014 Clearly the cream of Red Bull’s hopeful clan of young development drivers, the 20-year-old is in the running to replace Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in 2015. But with the 17-year-old Max Verstappen already signed up, it is clear that team boss Franz Tost and owner Dietrich Mateschitz think keeping the experienced Jean-Eric Vergne on board might be the smarter play. 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 14

Lotus not a big loss for Renault – Abiteboul

Red Bull boss Christian Horner, though, is not at all worried.

2014-06-05_0045 Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul insists engine customer Lotus’ impending switch to Mercedes for 2015 is no great loss for the French marque. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Ferrari split ‘just a rumour’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso is still the leading man of the intriguing 2014 ‘silly season’.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Apparently on the way out at Ferrari, the Spaniard is said to have been caught off guard by Red Bull, who shut the door on Alonso in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s shock exit. 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

Alonso to take Movistar to next team – report

A week after Sebastian Vettel blew the ‘silly season’ wide open, little else is clear about the shape of the upper part of the grid for 2015.

2014-06-07_1279 Despite rumours he might be McLaren-bound, however, paddock sources insist Vettel is definitely headed to Ferrari. The next step for the man he is set to replace, however – Fernando Alonso – is much less clear. What is obvious is that there is plenty of movement in the background, which might explain the latest rumours linking Lewis Hamilton with the exit at Mercedes. 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 »

Oct 05

FIA admits Japan GP could be cancelled

Every eye is on the sky in the final hour before the Japanese grand prix.

Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka logo As streams run down the pitlane and rain bands brought by typhoon Phanfone fill the radar screens, it emerged on Sunday that Suzuka organisers twice turned down the governing FIA’s request to move the 3pm start time forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

F1 eyes earlier Japan GP to dodge typhoon

An approaching typhoon is threatening to drive the Japanese grand prix off track.

Grand Prix du Japon Suzuka - photo DR Fernando Alonso’s future may be the talk of the Suzuka paddock, but every eye is on the ominous skies above the fabled circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

2015 nose rules benefit Mercedes, Ferrari

The nose is central to the entire “aerodynamic philosophy” of the car,

2014-06-07_1201 Two teams already have a “big head start” when it comes to the 2015 regulations, according to Force India technical boss Andy Green. 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 25

Lotus’ Lopez, Briatore play down wild Alonso rumours

Lawrence Stroll is interested in buying Lotus

2014-06-08_0574 Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez, and the Fernando Alonso-connected Flavio Briatore, have played down the latest explosive F1 rumours. 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 21

Ferrari wants three-car teams ‘for the show’

Ferrari has split from the pack and declared its support for three-car teams in formula one.

2014-06-05_0038 Amid rumours up to three or four teams are in financial peril, Bernie Ecclestone said in Singapore that the sport would fill the grid gaps by requiring top teams to move from two to three-car operations as soon as 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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