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Heikki Kovalainen has rejected Caterham technical boss Mike Gascoyne’s criticism.
Gascoyne, former F1 stalwart and now the technical boss of the entire Caterham Group, said this week that Finn Kovalainen harmed his chances of staying in F1 due to his poor management team and a lack of respect as he tried to move up the grid in 2013.
Following reports he was the favourite to secure the other Caterham race seat, Vitaly Petrov’s manager actually sounds far from optimistic.
German reports had suggested the Russian has found new sponsors and was on the cusp of sealing the deal to secure his place at the team for 2013. “So far, we haven’t managed to find new sponsors,” Petrov’s manager Oksana Kosachenko is quoted by R-Sport.
Heikki Kovalainen harmed his chances of staying in formula one beyond 2012 by demonstrating a lack of “respect” to Caterham.
That is the claim of Mike Gascoyne, the team’s former technical boss who now oversees the technical operations of the entire Caterham Group. After three years at the back of the grid with Caterham, Finn Kovalainen – now managed by IMG – attempted to secure a better seat for 2013 but ultimately now faces dropping out of formula one altogether.
Mike Gascoyne has admitted he misses the F1 pitwall.
Since 2010, the former Renault and Toyota technical director has been a leading figure at Caterham (nee Lotus). But in April of this year, it was announced he was leaving the F1 team to become the chief technical officer of the entire Caterham group.
“We are very pleased that Monisha agreed to be a Patron of F1 in Schools.” – Andrew Denford
F1 in Schools™, the Formula One™ Technology Challenge, welcomes a new patron for this global educational challenge initiative, high profile Formula One personality, Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO of the Swiss based Sauber F1 team.
The case was heard at the High Court, London during January 2012
Following the publication of Team Lotus wind tunnel model pictures in November 2009, Force India Formula One Team lodged a complaint with the Criminal Court in Italy and subsequently commenced civil proceedings in the UK High Court, citing concerns in respect of Team Lotus, Aerolab and Mike Gascoyne illegally copying Force India Formula One Team design intellectual property accessed from secure files held at Aerolab.
Mike Gascoyne has handed over day-to-day control of the Caterham team’s technical operations.
The former Lotus outfit announced that Briton Gascoyne – a founding member of the Tony Fernandes-led team and a long-term prominent figure in the paddock – has become chief technical officer of the whole Caterham Group.
Mike Gascoyne has been appointed Caterham Group Chief Technical Officer (CTO) with immediate effect.
Reflecting the ongoing evolution of the Caterham Group, and its determination to continue to develop and provide new opportunities for its staff at all levels, Mike will now be responsible for proposing, supporting and coordinating key technical initiatives in Caterham Group’s motorsport activities (F1 and GP2), Caterham Cars, Caterham Composites and Caterham Technology & Innovation. He will report directly to Caterham Group CEO Riad Asmat and will coordinate overall strategic technical projects across each of the Caterham Group companies.
Red Bull raised eyebrows throughout the F1 world on Monday by showing some glimpses of its 2012 car.
Although detailed images are not yet available, the ‘stepped nose’ on the RB8 features a mysterious air intake. “Why?” wondered Germany’s Bild newspaper. Spain’s Marca said the intake is “surprising and unprecedented” among the growing field of 2012.
Caterham’s 2012 formula one car has been declared fit to run by the governing FIA.
A new rule for next year means cars now have to pass all the mandatory crash tests before they are allowed even to test ahead of the 2012 season. Technical boss Mike Gascoyne, referring also to the team’s new identity after two seasons as Lotus, revealed the good news via Twitter.
He joined the team as Performance Director
Team Lotus has today confirmed that John Iley, one of the leading aerodynamicists in global motorsport, has joined the team as Performance Director, heading up all aerodynamics, CFD and related activity for the team and reforming the successful partnership he previously enjoyed with Mike Gascoyne at Jordan and Renault F1.
Replacing Dieter Gass
Team Lotus has today confirmed that Steve Nielsen will be joining the Anglo / Malaysian team as Sporting Director from December 12th 2011, replacing Dieter Gass who is moving on after playing an integral role in helping Team Lotus establish itself as a viable contender for long-term success in Formula One in its first two years.
The next challenge for Team Lotus is to catch up with F1’s established teams, according to technical boss Mike Gascoyne.
The Tony Fernandes-led squad entered the sport last year as one of the all-new small teams alongside Virgin and HRT. “We’ve left the other new teams well behind, which is great,” Gascoyne told the Guardian. “But we are not quite racing the team in front and we are not scoring our first points.”
Two formula one teams are eyeing the area around Silverstone, Northamptonshire (UK) as a likely location for new factories.
Struggling Virgin’s main base at present is Dinnington, in rural South Yorkshire, but the Yorkshire Post reports that a move closer to new technical partner McLaren is on the cards. Team boss John Booth confirmed that the team is set to move temporarily to Banbury, Oxfordshire, with a permanent headquarters to be built near Silverstone in 2012.
Jarno Trulli has indicated that “an announcement” about his future will be made in the coming weeks.
After the Italian veteran struggled with Team Lotus’ 2011 car, he was much happier with the new power steering system that debuted in Hungary. The 37-year-old sat out the previous German grand prix in deference to Karun Chandhok, but team boss Tony Fernandes at the time hinted that Trulli is in line for a new contract.
Mike Gascoyne has vowed to end his career with Team Lotus
The 48-year-old was once the highest paid engineer in formula one, earning reportedly $8 million at Toyota in 2005. The Briton has also worked with top teams McLaren and Renault, his aggressive management style earning him the nickname ‘the rottweiler’.
Mark Smith has finally made his switch to Team Lotus.
The move was announced a full year ago, but Force India enforced the “notice period” in his contract that is only now expiring. Team Lotus announced on Monday that Smith has finally started work as technical director at Hingham and will develop the T128 under Mike Gascoyne “and begin work on the 2012 car”.
Team Lotus has announced that Mark Smith has started work at the Anglo-Malaysian team’s Hingham, UK factory
Reporting to Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne, Mark completes the technical department and joins Lewis Butler (Chief Designer), Marianne Hinson (Head of Aerodynamics), Dieter Gass (Deputy Technical Director) and Elliot Dason-Barber (Head of R&D and Vehicle Dynamics) to continue the development of the T128 and begin work on the 2012 car.