Tag Archive: Renault/Lotus

Aug 09

Glock counts himself out of 2013 ‘silly season’

Timo Glock has counted himself out of this year’s driver ‘silly season’.

2012-04-15 - Marussia F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Timo Glock 032012-03-24 - Marussia F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Timo Glock 01Theoretically, there are 2013 race seats up for grabs at teams including grandees Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes. But Timo Glock, whose career has floundered at the back of the grid since Toyota pulled out of the sport three years ago, suggested to German website motorsport-total.com that he remains committed to Marussia.

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Jan 09

Force India’s 2012 car is scheduled to make its debut at the opening test of the pre-season at Jerez early next month.

2012 Force India passes FIA crash tests

Sahara Force India F1 Team logo2011-10-29 - Force India - India - 03Technical director Andrew Green revealed that the Mercedes-powered VJM05 has successfully passed the mandatory FIA crash tests.

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Jan 09

Sponsor says Senna to race Williams in 2012

Bruno Senna’s chances of staying on the formula one grid in 2012 remain more than alive.

09 - Williams F12010-06-13_0069That is the claim of one of the Brazilian’s powerful sponsors, who mid last season helped Senna to take over Nick Heidfeld’s race seat at Renault/Lotus.

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Dec 19

Senna eyes Nascar option – report

Bruno Senna is considering Nascar as a back-up option should his F1 journey end for now.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - India - Bruno Senna 012011-11-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Abu Dhabi - Bruno Senna 01That is the claim of the Italiaracing website, in the wake of the Brazilian’s loss of his Renault/Lotus race seat. It is rumoured Senna, 28, could return to the team’s reserve role for 2012, but Italiaracing said Nascar is another option, where his countryman Nelson Piquet Jr headed after his own F1 career foundered in 2009.

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Dec 01

Returning Raikkonen left F1 too soon – manager

Kimi Raikkonen’s manager insists he is delighted the 2007 world champion has decided to return to formula one.

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (6)2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (1)“He is back where he should be,” said Steve Robertson, referring to the 32-year-old Finn’s decision to leave world rallying and NASCAR and sign for two-years with Renault/Lotus.

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Dec 01

Petrov has ‘plan B and C’ for 2012 – manager

Vitaly Petrov’s manager has devised a “plan B and plan C” in the event the Russian has already raced his last grand prix with Renault/Lotus.

2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 022011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 02Petrov has a valid contract for next season, but his manager Oksana Kosachenko rushed to Enstone this week for urgent talks, revealing that it is possible the 27-year-old is set to leave the team.

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Dec 01

Maldonado seat ‘pretty certain’ for 2012 – Head

Team co-founder Patrick Head is “pretty certain” Pastor Maldonado will stay with Williams for a second season in 2012.

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Pastor Maldonado 032011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Pastor Maldonado 01The Venezuelan’s seat was until recently considered secure due to his lucrative backing by the state-owned oil company PDVSA. But that money is now in doubt, with the Venezuelan parliament looking into whether the Williams deal went through the necessary approval processes.

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Dec 01

Five teams yet to confirm drivers – FIA

Five formula one teams are yet to complete their driver lineups for the 2012 season, the FIA confirmed this week.

Flagworld - FIAFlagworld - F1The provisional entry list for next season shows vacancies at Renault/Lotus, Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams. And confirmation of the drivers is not the only element missing at HRT, with the presently Cosworth-powered Spanish team also yet to announce its engine supplier.

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Nov 30

Vettel – F1 return to be difficult for Raikkonen

“I can imagine it would be very difficult to return straight away to the same level as before”

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (2)2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (4)Sebastian Vettel has admitted it is “difficult to judge” whether his friend Kimi Raikkonen will be at full speed when he returns to formula one next season. The pair often meet near their Swiss homes to play badminton, but reigning world champion Vettel does not want to predict a smooth comeback for the 2007 world champion after two years in world rally.

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Nov 29

Kimi Räikkönen back in F1 with LRGP in 2012

Renault/Lotus team signs Raikkonen for F1 return

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (6)2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (3)Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will race for the team next season. The 2007 World Champion, who left Formula 1 at the end of 2009 to pursue a career in rallying, has decided to make a comeback at the pinnacle of single-seater racing. He has now signed a two-year agreement with Lotus Renault GP.

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Nov 29

Virgin refugee d’Ambrosio aiming for 2012 race seat

Despite losing his Virgin race seat, Jerome d’Ambrosio sounds confident about his future.

2011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 012011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02The Belgian will be replaced at the newly-renamed Marussia team for 2012 by the French GP2 driver Charles Pic. It means Interlagos was 25-year-old d’Ambrosio’s last race for now.

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Nov 26

Comments suggest 2012 Caterham lineup not in doubt

Fernandes said the goal for 2012 is to finally come within reach of the points.

2011-05-07 - Team Lotus - Turkey - Tony Fernandes - Jarno Trulli - Mervyn Dempsey2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - 02Comments made by Team Lotus/Caterham chief Tony Fernandes seem to contradict reports Jarno Trulli may be unceremoniously ousted after Sunday’s season finale.

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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 07

Brundle pleased about Virgin team name change

Martin Brundle is relieved he will no longer have to use the word ‘Virgin’ whilst calling formula one races.

Martin Brundle2011-10-15 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Korea - 01The BBC’s lead commentator is referring to Sir Richard Branson’s well-known brand, which has had naming rights at the new-in-2010 British team for the past two seasons.

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Nov 04

Kubica set for new wrist operation

Kubica’s hand surgeon Igor Rossello suggested that the new surgery is relatively minor.

Robert Kubica 2011-11-01 2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Kubica 01The likelihood of an early 2012 return to the Lotus (currently Renault) team for Robert Kubica appears to have receded even further. The Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Thursday that the Polish driver, who has already undergone five operations since his February rally crash, is scheduled to have more surgery in the coming days.

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Oct 15

Brawn slams ‘favours’ for team name changes

Mercedes team boss Brawn suggested it is not right that rival teams have a say.

2011-10-14 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Ross Brawn 022011-08-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Belgium - Ross Brawn 01Ross Brawn has called upon rival teams to stop asking for “favours” before helping Renault and Team Lotus to change their names for 2012. Because name changes are generally frowned upon by the sport’s officials, the Renault/Lotus issue has been referred to a meeting of the F1 Commission early next month.

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Nov 09

Renault/Lotus deal to unlock Kubica contract – report

“Would be free to choose another team”

2010-11-06 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 012010-11-06 - Renault F1 Team - Robert Kubica 05Robert Kubica could be about to find himself free of his Renault contract, according to an Italian media report. Group Lotus is reportedly looking to get involved with the Enstone based team in a EUR 60 million deal that could involve the outfit being renamed Lotus-Renault in 2011 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »