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  • Test absence will hurt Lotus, says Sutil January 9, 2014

    London: Lotus's decision to skip the first preseason Formula One test in Spain at the end of January will put them at a disadvantage to other teams, new Sauber signing Adrian Sutil said on Wednesday. The 30yearold driver told Reuters in a telephone interview from Switzerland that, with a new engine...
  • Ferrari will keep Kimi Raikkonen busy January 1, 2014

    Kimi Raikkonen is no more a fan of Formula One simulators than Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo but the Finn can expect to be spending a lot of time in one now he is back at Maranello. The start of a new year marks both a new phase and a return...
  • Williams F1 add new aero staff from Lotus and Red Bull December 9, 2013

    England: Williams have strengthened their aerodynamics lineup for the 2014 Formula 1 season, recruiting men from Lotus and Red Bull. Dave Wheater will join Williams from Lotus to become Head of Aerodynamic Performance, reporting to existing Head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville. "Also supporting Jason as we move forward will be Shaun...
  • Pastor Maldonado joins Grosjean at Lotus for 2014 F1 November 29, 2013

    Enstone, England: Lotus have hired Pastor Maldonado to replace Kimi Raikkonen at the Formula One team for the 2014 championship. The Venezuelan driver leaves Williams after three years and will partner Romain Grosjean, who stays on at the Englishbased team for a third season. Maldonado, who won just one point this season...
  • Grosjean blossoms into Lotus team leader with 2nd place finish in US November 18, 2013

    Austin, Texas: Romain Grosjean was hailed as a future Lotus leader on Sunday after his second place at the US Grand Prix highlighted just how much progress the Frenchman has made since his 'first lap nutcase' days of 2012. "You have represented Lotus in a very proud way," he was told...
  • Sebastian Vettel wins United States GP for eighth straight victory November 18, 2013

    Texas: Sebastian Vettel climbed out of his Red Bull car, pumped his right first then held up eight fingers, one for each of his consecutive victories. Formula One's German dominator just keeps on winning. The fourtime world champion won the US Grand Prix in easy fashion Sunday, setting an F1 season...
  • Lotus says Raikkonen back surgery successful November 15, 2013

    Austin: Formula One team Lotus says driver Kimi Raikkonen had successful back surgery and is recovering. The former world champion opted to have the surgery instead of driving the last two races of the year, the US Grand Prix this weekend and the season finale in Brazil. Lotus brought in veteran...
  • Kovalainen replaces Raikkonen for last two F1 races November 14, 2013

    Paris: Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen will replace countryman Kimi Raikkonen and race for Lotus in the final two races of the season. Raikkonen will miss the United States Grand Prix and Brazilian GP to undergo back surgery. He is joining Ferrari next season. The 32yearold Kovalainen has raced in 109 GPs for...
  • Michael Schumacher declines to drive final races for Lotus November 14, 2013

    Berlin: Michael Schumacher, the retired seventime Formula One champion, turned down an offer from Lotus to drive the final two races of the season as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, reported Xinhua. Schumacher retired for the second time at the end of the last season, having failed to win a race...
  • Kimi Raikkonen to miss last two races of F1 season November 10, 2013

    London: Kimi Raikkonen will miss the last two races of the Formula One season in Texas and Brazil after deciding to have back surgery next week, the Lotus driver's manager said on Sunday. Steve Robertson told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat and the autosport.com website that the 2007 world champion, who is...
  • A makeover for BJP's poll symbol Lotus which is now 'bolder' November 8, 2013

    The Election Commission has allowed the BJP to change the outline of its election symbol "Lotus" to make it look bolder and the party will use the revamped version in all its publicity material for the upcoming polls. The party had approached the Election Commission to alter the design of its...
  • Lotus investors say Raikkonen row resolved November 4, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Lotus are confident Kimi Raikkonen will race in the last two grands prix of the season after new investors in the Formula One team promised on Sunday to more than compensate the driver for unpaid wages. Mansoor Ijaz, chairman of a consortium of private investors buying a 35 percent...
  • Raikkonen's Abu Dhabi race over at first corner November 4, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Kimi Raikkonen's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lasted only seconds on Sunday with last year's race winner parking his Lotus and retiring after a first corner collision. A weekend that started badly for the Finn, relegated to the back of the grid after his car failed a postqualifying inspection on...
  • Riled Raikkonen angry with Lotus over lack of pay November 1, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: In a rare outburst, Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen on Friday criticised the team for not paying his salary this season and threatened to skip the final two races of the season in protest. Speaking after the second practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the former F1 champion...
  • Grosjean fastest in 1st practice at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 1, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean posted the fastest time in the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday. The Frenchman has finished third in each of his past three races and clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 44.241 seconds in hot temperatures to finish .192...
  • Kimi Raikkonen noshow fuels speculation October 31, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Kimi Raikkonen's strained relationship with his Lotus Formula One team was back in the spotlight on Thursday after the Finn failed to turn up for media interviews at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A team spokesman said the 2007 world champion, who is joining Ferrari at the end of...
  • MP: EC rejects Congress's bizarre request to 'hide' lotus ponds October 30, 2013

    Bhopal: The Congress in Madhya Pradesh has made an unusual request to the Election Commission asking it to hide lotus ponds in the state so that voters are not unfairly drawn to the BJP. The Election Commission in MP has rejected this request saying it was impractical and unfeasible. In a...
  • Sebastian Vettel wins Indian Grand Prix, secures 4th consecutive F1 title October 27, 2013

    Greater Noida: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth straight Formula One championship on Sunday after turning in a trademark clinical performance to win the Indian Grand Prix. Starting from pole, Vettel again dominated the Buddh International Circuit to join F1 greats Juan Miguel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as just the...
  • Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel completes Indian GP practice sweep October 26, 2013

    Greater Noida: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel completed a practice hattrick on Saturday with the fastest time in a smogshortened final session before qualifying for a race expected to bring him a fourth successive Formula One title. The 26yearold German lapped the Buddh International Circuit with a best time of one minute...
  • Nico Hulkenberg frontrunner to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus October 26, 2013

    Greater Noida: Nico Hulkenberg is Lotus's number one choice to replace Kimi Raikkonen next season with Frenchman Romain Grosjean under contract and set to be retained as the other driver, team principal Eric Boullier said on Friday. The Frenchman told a news conference at the Indian Grand Prix that Grosjean's confirmation...
  • Indian GP: Kimi Raikkonen fined for speeding in pit lane October 25, 2013

    Greater Noida: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has been fined 400 euros for speeding in the pit lane during the first practice session of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) on Friday. Raikkonen exceeded the pit lane speed limit by 3.4 km/h, the limit being 80 km/h, breaching...
  • Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel fastest in opening practice at BIC October 25, 2013

    Greater Noida: Sebastian Vettel drove 35 flawless laps in the second practice session Friday to edge Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for the quickest time ahead of Sunday's Indian Grand Prix. Vettel recorded 1 minute, 25.722 seconds on soft tires for his best lap on the Buddh International Circuit, .289 faster...
  • Lotus will come stronger at Indian Grand Prix: Romain Grosjean October 22, 2013

    After two consecutive podium finish in the last two races in Korea and Japan, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is on a roll and eyeing a strong finish at the Indian Grand Prix this weekend. Grosjean came as a third driver for Lotus in the first edition of the Indian GP....
  • Hope to get it right in India, says Kimi Raikkonen October 21, 2013

    Kimi Matias Raikkonen, who is known for his calm and composed demeanor in a sport full of thrill and action, will be racing for the second time in India. Driving for Team Lotus, the Iceman finished seventh last year at the 60lap race in Greater Noida's Buddh International Circuit (BIC)....
  • Romain Grosjean no longer Suzuka's 'first lap nutcase' October 13, 2013

    Suzuka: No longer the 'first lap nutcase' of 2012, Romain Grosjean was dreaming of his first Formula One victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday before Red Bull provided an unwelcome wakeup call. The Frenchman made a storming start for Lotus from fourth on the grid to seize the lead...
  • Jaganmohan Reddy continues fast despite deteriorating health October 9, 2013

    YSR Congress party YS Jaganmohan Reddy's indefinite fast against the Centre's decision to divide Andhra Pradesh entered fifth day on Wednesday even as his condition continued to deteriorate. Jagan, as the MP from Kadapa is popularly known, is suffering from dehydration and is having fever, doctors who examined him said. With the...
  • Nico Hulkenberg's size not a problem for Lotus October 8, 2013

    Suzuka: Nico Hulkenberg's chances of replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus were boosted on Tuesday after the Formula One team said weight would not be a major factor in their choice of driver. The issue has become a hot topic in the sport, with the introduction of a new and heavier...
  • Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wins Korean Grand Prix 2013 October 6, 2013

    Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's relentless push toward a seemingly inevitable fourthstraight Formula One drivers' championship continued with a victory at the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. Even two safetycar periods, the emergence of a truck on the circuit midrace and the incineration of his teammate's car were not enough to...
  • Kimi Raikkonen unsure if he'll race in Korean Grand Prix October 3, 2013

    Yeongam, South Korea: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen said his availability for Sunday's Korean Grand Prix will hinge on how his injured back copes with Friday's practice session. The Finn got through the previous Formula One race in Singapore with the help of painkillers and physiotherapy, and while he is in Yeongam...
  • Lotus to put finances before driver decision September 26, 2013

    London: Lotus have said they will put driver decisions on hold while they sort out the Formula One team's finances for next season. Team principal Eric Boullier told the autosport.com website that finalising a deal with new investors was more of a priority than hiring a replacement for 2007 world...