Tag Archive: Team Lotus

May 10

Heikki Kovalainen insists it is “no surprise” Caterham has struggled so far in 2013.

‘No surprise’ Caterham struggling in 2012 – Kovalainen

2013-03-17 - Team Caterham - AustraliaThe Finn, who has been a leading race driver at the team since its Team Lotus inception in 2010, was dropped for 2013 in favour of pay-drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Caterham moves into former Super Aguri factory

Caterham has announced it will move into its new factory after this weekend’s Hungarian grand prix

10 - Team Caterham2012-06-08_0380It emerged in January that the Tony Fernandes-led team would relocate to the former Arrows and Super Aguri facility in Leafield, Oxfordshire. From its 2010 inception, the former Team Lotus has been based in Hingham, Norfolk. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27

F1 split over customer car proposal

Formula one is split over a new proposal to allow ‘customer cars’ on the grid.

Flagworld - F12012-01-12The idea is being powered chiefly by Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone, and marketed as a way to cut costs by opening a new revenue stream for the big teams and reducing the design and manufacturing burden for struggling minnows.

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Jun 14

Caterham targets Toro Rosso and Williams

Caterham is targeting a major step forward for next month’s British grand prix.

2012-06-08_03802012-06-10_0820The former Team Lotus outfit has been disappointed so far in 2012 to have failed to step regularly into the Q2-range of midfield teams. But in Canada last weekend, both Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov outqualified a Toro Rosso, while the bottom-two teams Marussia and HRT have now been clearly left behind.

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May 04

Fernandes rues lack of Malaysian support

Tony Fernandes has admitted he would have liked corporate Malaysia to have backed his formula one team.

Tony Fernandes 2011-12-132012-04-15 - Team Caterham - Chinese Grand Prix 01The Malaysian entrepreneur founded a UK based start-up team in 2010, calling it Team Lotus before a bitter spat developed with the Lotus name’s owner Proton. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Caterham has ‘blown away’ F1 rivals – boss

Tony Fernandes has given a strident defence of his formula one team, Caterham.

2012-03-24 - Team Caterham - Malaysian Grand Prix - Vitaly Petrov 02Tony Fernandes 2011-12-13The former Team Lotus outfit, headed by the cheery Malaysian entrepreneur Fernandes, entered its third season with high hopes it was set to join the midfield mix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Pirelli eyes Alguersuari, Trulli for test role

Pirelli is reportedly considering signing a 2011 race driver to be the official tyre supplier’s new test driver.

2012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Pirelli 012011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Pirelli 01AS newspaper in Spain said Jaime Alguersuari, formerly at Toro Rosso and now travelling the F1 calendar as a co-commentator for British radio, is a front-runner. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Millions at stake in F1 ‘mini spy saga’

Force India has accused rivals Caterham of saving millions and then reaping even more millions by stealing their secret technical data.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 0110 - Team CaterhamA British court last week awarded Vijay Mallya’s team EUR 25,000 when Caterham and wind tunnel company Aerolab were found to have based models of the 2010 Team Lotus car on computer files owned by former Aerolab client Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Force India to push on with new F1 spy saga

Years after F1’s ‘spygate’ sagas, the issue could be set to return to the very top of the governing body’s agenda.

2012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg 022012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg 03Force India claims Caterham and their common former wind tunnel partner Aerolab were this week “found liable” by a British court of using Force India data for the Team Lotus car of early 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 22

Caterham’s midfield bid not dead yet – boss

Caterham’s hopes of pushing into the midfield in 2012 are not dead yet.

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #2 6202012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 624That is the claim of team owner and boss Tony Fernandes, despite the former Team Lotus looking to have once again emulated the pecking-order of the past two years by outpacing only Marussia and HRT in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Caterham (formerly Team Lotus) and Aerolab found liable for using Force India intellectual property

The case was heard at the High Court, London during January 2012

06 - Sahara Force India F1 Team10 - Team CaterhamFollowing 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Petrov promises news about 2012 ‘very soon’

Vitaly Petrov is promising news about his future “very soon”.

2011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Vitaly Petrov 022011-06-12_0493Caterham’s Jarno Trulli last week played down rumours the well-sponsored Russian Petrov, a refugee of the former Renault (now Lotus) team, could be set to replace him.

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Jan 19

Caterham confirms January launch for new car

Caterham on Thursday confirmed reports the team could be first out of the blocks with its 2012 car.

We reported earlier that the CT01 single seater is scheduled to be revealed publicly at the end of January, which at present is earlier than any rival team’s plans.

 

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Jan 17

Petrov in talks for Caterham third driver role

Vitaly Petrov is in talks about becoming Caterham’s third and reserve driver in 2012.

2011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 022011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Vitaly Petrov 01Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that the Russian’s manager, Oksana Kosachenko, visited the former Team Lotus outfit’s Hingham (UK) headquarters last week.

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Jan 13

Chandhok to be paid in 2012 ‘for a change’

2012 will be a novel season for Karun Chandhok as the Indian prepares to collect a pay-packet.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Karun Chandhok 012011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Karun Chandhok 01After two seasons of paying to race with HRT (2010) and serving as Team Lotus’ reserve driver (2011), the 27-year-old will actually be paid as he contests FIA endurance sports car races with the JRM team this year.

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Jan 12

Cloud still hangs over Trulli’s 2012 seat

A cloud still hangs over Jarno Trulli’s race seat at Caterham for 2012.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Jarno Trulli 032011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Jarno Trulli 02In September last year, the Malaysian team – then known as Team Lotus – inked a new contract for the forthcoming season with the 37-year-old Italian.

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Dec 31

Rossi many steps closer to F1

Alexander Rossi reflects on 2011 a year of ‘hard work’ and ‘many new successes’

2011-11-19 - Team Lotus - Abu Dhabi - Alexander Rossi (5)2011-11-19 - Team Lotus - Abu Dhabi - Alexander Rossi (1)American youngster Alexander Rossi believes he is now ‘many steps closer to F1′ following a successful 2011. Rossi, who finished third overall in the World Series by Renault 3.5 Series this year and who is also a senior member of the Team Lotus (now Caterham) F1 Driver development programme, added he is ‘excited’ about 2012 and the future, although his plans for next season have still to be officially announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Chandhok may switch team for 2012 ‘Friday’ role

Karun Chandhok will not necessarily reprise his role as Team Lotus’ reserve and occasional ‘Friday’ practice driver in 2012

GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Karun Chandhok2011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Karun Chandhok 02The Indian has acknowledged that, after a full season in the role this year, it is unlikely he will step into a race seat ahead of 2012. “It’s very difficult to secure a seat in F1 unless you have substantial financial backing,” he told the Times of India. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 27

Chandhok eyes sportscar switch as F1 doors close

Karun Chandhok is exploring options in the new World Endurance Championship as a means of keeping himself race ready in 2012

2011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Karun Chandhok 012011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Karun Chandhok 03One-time Team Lotus race driver Karun Chandhok has admitted that he will have to look elsewhere to keep his hand in this season as doors continue to close on his options in F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 22

‘Niceman’ Kovalainen not ruling out 2013 team switch

Heikki Kovalainen has refused to rule out switching to another team if Caterham does not take a big step forward in 2012.

2011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Heikki Kovalainen 002011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Heikki Kovalainen 05With his reputation damaged after disappointing subsequent tenures at Renault and McLaren, the Finn moved to the start-up Team Lotus in 2010 where in the past two seasons he has rebuilt his confidence and form.

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