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Lotus boss says Mercedes unstoppable this season

Lotus boss says Mercedes unstoppable this season

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has conceded that Mercedes is strolling to the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship title. Asked about the championship prospects of the Enstone team, who are still yet to score a single point after a disastrous start, he said: “First of all, we can forget about Mercedes. “They will continue to […]

Lotus progress halted as gearbox gremlins strike in Shanghai

Lotus progress halted as gearbox gremlins strike in Shanghai

Romain Grosjean’s hopes of scoring Lotus’s first points of the 2014 Formula One season were dashed on Sunday when the Frenchman was forced out of the Chinese Grand Prix by a gearbox problem. Grosjean had qualified 10th in treacherous conditions on Saturday and was gunning for a ninth-place finish when his race engineer came on […]

Lotus: We took another step forward in terms of pace

Lotus: We took another step forward in terms of pace

Pastor Maldonado finished in fourteenth position whilst Romain Grosjean was forced to retire from the Chinese Grand Prix on lap 28 because of a gearbox problem. Romain made the team’s first top ten start of 2014 and was fighting for points before his early exit, whilst Pastor made eight positions during the course of the […]

Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado grid penalty

Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado grid penalty

Pastor Maldonado’s five place grid penalty was rendered meaningless on Saturday after engine problems ruled the Lotus Formula One driver out of Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying. While Romain Grosjean powered to the team’s first top 10 grid position of the season, Maldonado never got out of the garage. The penalty, imposed for running into the […]

Lotus demanding from Renault engine equality with Red Bull

Lotus demanding from Renault engine equality with Red Bull

Lotus have discovered that they are second or perhaps even third in line for the best service offered by Formula 1 engine supplier Renault. That is the claim of Michael Schmidt, the highly respected correspondent for Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Earlier, we reported that Lotus has in China finally taken delivery of the latest incarnation […]

Lotus: Overall it’s pleasing to get the car back up where it should be

Lotus: Overall it’s pleasing to get the car back up where it should be

Romain Grosjean enjoyed a season-best qualifying performance by setting the tenth fastest time at a wet Shanghai International Circuit for the Chinese Grand Prix. Romain set a lap of 1min 57.079secs using intermediate tyres. He had earlier set the third fastest time in the also wet morning practice session. Pastor Maldonado was unable to start […]

Lotus: Our most successful day this season

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado completed a positive first day ahead of the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix, with a total of 94 laps of the Shanghai International Circuit completed between the two drivers. A small mistake at the pit lane entry from Pastor during FP2 curtailed the latter half of his session, however both drivers were able […]

Maldonado: We are racers and we are always risking, maybe they need to be more flexible

Maldonado: We are racers and we are always risking, maybe they need to be more flexible

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new Formula 1 drivers’ penalty points system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014. After just the opening three grands prix of the season, the Venezuelan already has three demerit points against his Formula 1 super license. Jules Bianchi, meanwhile, […]

Lotus looking to end ongoing troubles in China and Spain

Lotus looking to end ongoing troubles in China and Spain

Lotus is targeting to finally get its 2014 Formula 1 World Championship season on track in the next two races. After a disastrous start to the new turbo V6 era for the Enstone team, Lotus has finally taken delivery of the improved Renault ‘power unit’ as used by Red Bull and Toro Rosso in Bahrain. Autosprint […]

Grosjean: As a team we have to stay united and it will make us stronger as a unit

Grosjean: As a team we have to stay united and it will make us stronger as a unit

Romain Grosjean looks to the Chinese Grand Prix hoping to celebrate his 28th birthday with an improved performance at Shanghai and a crack at the points for Lotus. What are your thoughts on the Shanghai circuit? Shanghai is not my favourite race of the year, but I will be spending my 28th birthday there so […]

Ricciardo surprised by Lotus struggles with Renault engine

Ricciardo surprised by Lotus struggles with Renault engine

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he is surprised Lotus is still struggling so much with its Renault power unit. Following the post-Bahrain test last week, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean slammed the situation as “not acceptable”, after both himself and teammate Pastor Maldonado struggled simply to run the E22 amid ‘power unit-related’ issues. The similarly […]

Grosjean says Renault reliability and performance are unacceptable

Grosjean says Renault reliability and performance are unacceptable

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is apparently becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation at his troubled team this season. Before the start season, video footage circulated on the internet depicting the Frenchman slamming his hand on a tool bench as the serious problems with the new E22 car became clear. Grosjean played that down at the […]

Lotus: The end of very disappointing two days

Lotus: The end of very disappointing two days

Romain Grosjean completed a disappointing second and final day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit with 16 timed laps completed before a Power Unit failure ended running. Romain’s best lap time of 1min 43.732secs, placed him 11th in the day’s classification; Fast Facts: Track: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.4 km. Chassis: E22-02. Weather: Sunny, ambient 27° C - 35° C, […]

Lotus: Power Unit related failures stopped us far short of what we wanted to achieve

Lotus: Power Unit related failures stopped us far short of what we wanted to achieve

Pastor Maldonado kicked off the first of two days testing at the Bahrain International Circuit with a curtailed programme due to Power Unit-related issues. Pastor completed sixteen laps, with a best lap time of 1min 40.183 secs, placing him 10th in the day’s classification; Fast Facts: Track: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.4 km. Chassis: E22-01. Weather: Sunny, ambient 30°C – […]

Maldonado penalised for bizarre incident which flipped Gutierrez

Maldonado penalised for bizarre incident which flipped Gutierrez

Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the next round in China and given three penalty points on his Super-Licence for causing the crash which sent Esteban Gutierrez rolling out of Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Maldonado ran into the side of the Sauber at Turn 1 […]

Lotus: We expected to struggle on pace and that’s exactly what happened

Lotus: We expected to struggle on pace and that’s exactly what happened

Romain Grosjean will start from sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado seventeenth after the first-ever night time Qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Romain pipped Pastor to the final place in Q2 but was unable to progress further than that session at the Bahrain International Circuit; Romain Grosjean, E22-03. Q: P16, 1:35.908. FP3: P20, 1:39.208: “It was […]

Lotus: We had a lot of parts to test and we ran through many evaluations

Lotus: We had a lot of parts to test and we ran through many evaluations

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado completed a strong day of evaluation runs during the first day of the Bahrain Grand Prix. With running taking place in the afternoon and evening at the Bahrain International Circuit, the team accumulated an impressive tally of laps in FP1 whilst conducting aero evaluations of various parts. In the evening session, further […]

Permane: Our car is faster in the corners than a Williams or McLaren

Permane: Our car is faster in the corners than a Williams or McLaren

Lotus claim have claimed that  their troubled 2014 car, designated the E22, is often better than a Williams or a McLaren, particularly in corners. The Enstone based team is badly suffering with its car, which has been plagued with issues related to the problematic Renault V6 turbo Power Unit. “We are still in the learning […]

Todt says Williams, Lotus and Sauber are struggling financially

Todt says Williams, Lotus and Sauber are struggling financially

FIA president Jean Todt has named Williams as one of three teams crying out for a Formula 1 budget cap. Todt was asked by Welt am Sonntag newspaper about the highly controversial cap, opposed by many top teams as unworkable in practice. But Todt claims: “They all want this limit and it must be in writing. […]

Lotus: Every time we run the car we can see we are making progress

Lotus: Every time we run the car we can see we are making progress

Romain Grosjean finished in eleventh position after a hot and humid Malaysian Grand Prix, whilst Pastor Maldonado was forced to make an early retirement to prevent damage to his Renault Sport F1 power unit. Pastor was caught by contact in the opening lap and suffered from an unrelated issue concerning the turbo intake system. Romain […]

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