Boullier is confident that his Lotus team are currently in the top four despite Raikkonen finishing over half a minute adrift of Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel.
Boullier believes that there will be many different race winners this season thanks to the Pirelli tyres and that Lotus are in the top four F1 teams along with Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull. Read more... (217 words, estimated 52 secs reading time)
Romain Grosjean has said he thinks there might have been an underlying issue with his Lotus during the Australian Grand Prix.
Whilst his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen won the race, Grosjean finished in 10th position having qualified just one place behind his Finnish team-mate. Read more... (139 words, estimated 33 secs reading time)
Lotus looks set to begin the 2013 season without a title sponsor.
Late last year, it emerged that the Genii-owned team was close to announcing a $30 million per year deal with Honeywell, the American technology giant. But last month, Switzerland’s Speed Week reported that the deal is now “a way off”. Read more... (193 words, estimated 46 secs reading time)
Ahead of the final pre-season test and 2013 season opener, Lotus has played down a new controversy about engine maps.
We reported on Monday that, after Red Bull were told to stop using certain ‘maps’ mid last season, the similarly Renault-powered Lotus was now also embroiled in a similar controversy. Read more... (267 words, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Hot on the heels of Williams and Caterham’s dubious exhaust exit solutions for 2013, trouble could also be brewing for F1′s two other Renault-powered teams.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, after Renault and ‘works’ partner Red Bull were told to cease using certain ‘engine maps’ last year, the same issue is now back on the table. Read more... (250 words, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
After spending some time from an elevated trackside vantage point in Barcelona last week, Esteban Gutierrez has tipped Red Bull and Lotus to fight for the 2013 title. Read more... (323 words, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Lotus is happy to let Kimi Raikkonen just be himself, owner Gerard Lopez has revealed.
En route to his first victory since returning to F1 last year, the laconic Finn told his race engineer Simon Rennie in Abu Dhabi to “Just leave me alone, I know what I’m doing.” Lopez told Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper: “Kimi is Kimi. It was just what he felt at that moment. Read more... (213 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
Lotus’ technical boss thinks many teams will continue to use ‘step’ noses in 2013.
The first 2013 car to be unveiled on Monday, Enstone based Lotus’ E21 still features the indecorous ‘step’ synonymous with last year’s grid, despite the FIA now allowing teams to please the fans by installing a so-called ‘modesty’ laminate. Read more... (245 words, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Lotus’ James Allison is staying put.
That is the claim of an insider at the Enstone based team, despite admitting that Mercedes’ Niki Lauda came calling for the highly rated British technical director.
Last week, as the Paddy Lowe saga unfolded, we reported that Allison had been earmarked by McLaren as a possible replacement, in case Lowe jumped ship. Read more... (102 words, estimated 24 secs reading time)
Lotus is yet to sign a title sponsorship deal with Honeywell, the American technology giant.
Last month, it emerged that the Enstone based team was close to a $30 million per year deal with Honeywell, hot on the heels of Lotus’ high profile signing of a sponsor deal with Coca-Cola brand Burn. Read more... (95 words, estimated 23 secs reading time)