Tag Archive: R31

Jan 28

Lotus calls 2012 car ‘E20′

This year’s Lotus car will be called the E20.

2012-01-27 - Lotus F1 Team - 032012-01-27 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen 02Last year’s Enstone-produced single seater was the R31, in accordance with the Renault numbering tradition.

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Nov 22

Senna hopes to keep Renault/Lotus seat for 2012

Bruno Senna has admitted he is hoping to be retained by Renault for 2012.

2011-11-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Abu Dhabi - Bruno Senna 022011-11-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Abu Dhabi - Bruno Senna 03The Brazilian stepped into the black and gold R31 earlier this season to replace Nick Heidfeld, who had been signed as injured regular Robert Kubica’s initial substitute.

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Nov 15

Wickens Third quickest in Formula One Young Driver Test

Canadian receives Lotus Renault GP prize drive ppportunity

2011-11-15 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Wickens 2011-11-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Abu Dhabi - Romain Grosjean 01Robert Wickens was back in Formula One action on Tuesday at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit as the Canadian kicked off the opening day of the ‘Young Driver Test’ driving the Lotus Renault GP R31.

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Nov 12

Grosjean considered quitting racing in 2010

Romain Grosjean has admitted he almost quit motor sport after his formula one career hit the rocks after just seven grands prix in 2009.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 032011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 01Among the victims of the ‘crashgate’ saga, the Frenchman had replaced sacked Nelson Piquet at Renault but then fell by the wayside as Flavio Briatore’s career foundered and the team moved into new hands.

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Nov 07

LRGP confirms names for Abu Dhabi young driver test

Robert Wickens, Kevin Korjus and Jan Charouz

2011-06-09_0339Lotus Renault has today announced its three drivers for the Abu Dhabi young driver test, which takes place later this month. The rookie days will take place from Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th November at the Yas Marina Circuit, which will also be scene of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a few days before.

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Oct 29

GP2 Series champion Grosjean confirmed for two Friday drives

Grosjean to drive Renault in Abu Dhabi, Brazil practice

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 032011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 02Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Romain Grosjean will drive the R31 during the first practice sessions at the final two races of the season in Abu Dhabi (Friday 11th November) and Brazil (Friday 25th November).

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Sep 02

Bruno Senna to drive for remainder of 2011

Lotus Renault GP and Nick Heidfeld announce separation

2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Bruno Senna 032011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Nick Heidfeld 02Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Bruno Senna has been named as a race driver alongside Vitaly Petrov for the remainder of the 2011 Formula 1 season. Romain Grosjean remains the team’s third driver.

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Aug 27

Senna ‘better for the team’ than Heidfeld – Boullier

Boullier flags test in 2009 car for Kubica

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Bruno Senna 022011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Kubica 01Nick Heidfeld lacked speed and therefore the ability to lead the Renault team as its top driver in 2011. That was the claim of boss Eric Boullier at Spa-Francorchamps as he explained the decision to replace the veteran German with Bruno Senna.

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Aug 26

Senna lacks Heidfeld’s ‘driving skills’ – Sauber

“I do not expect that Senna can offer the team (Renault) the same driving skills as Heidfeld.”

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Bruno Senna 022011-07-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Germany - Peter Sauber 01Peter Sauber, whose Swiss team is pushing to catch Renault in the constructors’ standings, has admitted he thinks the Nick Heidfeld affair is only about “economic problems”.

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Aug 24

Renault not denying Heidfeld/Senna reports

Auto Motor und Sport said 34-year-old Heidfeld’s management is also not commenting.

2011-06-12_07352011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Bruno Senna 0124 hours before the drivers file into the Spa-Francorchamps paddock, there is no confirmation about Nick Heidfeld’s apparent loss of his Renault race seat. Multiple media sources are unofficially confirming Heidfeld’s former boss Eddie Jordan’s claim this week that Bruno Senna will be in the black R31 alongside Vitaly Petrov this weekend in Belgium and possibly beyond.

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Aug 22

Criticised Heidfeld ‘satisfied’ with 2011 form

Nick Heidfeld insists he is satisfied with his 2011 season despite criticism from within the Renault team.

2011-06-26 - Renault F1 Team - Spain - Nick Heidfeld 012011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Nick Heidfeld 01Chiefs Gerard Lopez and Eric Boullier have admitted they are disappointed with the performance of the German veteran, who was drafted in to replace the injured Robert Kubica.

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Jul 24

Ticket to ride

Friday drive for Bruno in Budapest

2011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Bruno Senna 012011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Bruno Senna 02Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Bruno Senna will drive the R31 in Friday’s first practice session during the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.

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Jul 13

Heidfeld to lose seat if Kubica returns – Boullier

“The situation is very clear”

2011-06-10_12052011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Nick Heidfeld 05Eric Boullier has dismissed speculation that Robert Kubica will not return to the Renault lineup this year even if the Pole is fully recovered. It has been rumoured that, presumably in the interest of continuity, the Enstone based team plans to definitely conclude the 2011 season with substitute Nick Heidfeld at the wheel of the R31.

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Apr 15

Newey not copying innovative Renault exhaust

Adrian Newey has ruled out copying Renault’s unique front-exiting exhaust system.

2011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Adrian Newey2011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Mark Webber 6“We heard rumours in the winter that Renault would take this path,” Red Bull’s highly respected car designer told Auto Bild Motor Sport. “But we have wasted no time to develop in that direction,” he revealed.  “We wanted to focus on our system because we knew for sure that it would work.” 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 »

Apr 08

Car problem grounds Renaults, Heidfeld with throat infection

“Best to be on the safe side” – Boullier

2011-03-26 - Lotus Renault GP - Australia - Eric Boullier - Nick Heidfeld 012011-03-12 - Lotus Renault GP - Barcelona - Vitaly Petrov 05The Renault cars did not immediately run in Friday afternoon practice while the team investigated the technical failures of the initial session at Sepang. Team boss Eric Boullier confirmed at the Malaysian circuit that neither Nick Heidfeld or Vitaly Petrov would return to their R31s until the problem is understood and rectified. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 08

Heidfeld not confirming same problem for Petrov

Jerome d’Ambrosio then had a similar incident at the wheel of his Virgin.

2011-03-26 - Lotus Renault GP - Australia - Nick Heidfeld 012011-03-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Australia - Jerome DAmbrosio 02Nick Heidfeld said he did not know the details of the problems that affected both Renault drivers in initial practice at Sepang. The German had to return to the pits with a damaged tyre and floor after an apparent brake locking problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

No need for KERS as Vettel strolls to Melbourne win

Rivals eye Red Bull’s KERS, flex, dominance

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 22011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian VettelRed Bull admitted it did not use KERS at any time on Saturday or Sunday after Sebastian Vettel dominantly won the Australian grand prix. Finally quashing rumours that the RB7 features a ‘mini-KERS’ that is used only for grand prix starts, team boss Christian Horner said the energy-recovery systems in Vettel and Mark Webber’s cars were actually removed altogether after Friday practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Heidfeld not ruling out first win in 12th season

Heidfeld also worried about ‘piano’ steering wheels

2011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Nick Heidfeld 022010-06-13_0379Nick Heidfeld is refusing to rule out the possibility of racing to his first grand prix victory in 2011. After initially facing the prospect of a season on the sidelines, the formula one veteran is now at the wheel of the innovative R31 that originally was to be driven by injured regular Robert Kubica. Read the rest of this entry »

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