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  • Gastaldi appointed Lotus deputy principal March 14, 2014

    The Lotus Formula One team appointed Federico Gastaldi as deputy principal with immediate effect at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday. The Argentine has been with the team since 2010 and was also involved with predecessors Benetton, in the role of director of business development. "Federico was instrumental in nurturing our...
  • Lotus face struggle at F1 Australian GP March 13, 2014

    Melbourne: Last year Lotus won the Australian Grand Prix. This year the team is wondering if its cars will even be on the starting grid. The team arrived at this weekend's Formula One season opener after what driver Romain Grosjean frankly describes as a "disastrous winter" in which the cars suffered...
  • Lotus braced for tough start to Formula One season March 12, 2014

    Last year's race winners Lotus are braced for a tough start to the Formula One season in Australia on Sunday, with their immediate target being just reaching the finish after a difficult time in testing. French driver Romain Grosjean, who was regularly challenging for podium places last year, accepted the first...
  • Lotus already staring down long F1 season March 9, 2014

    Madrid: The Formula One season hasn't even started and it's already looking like a long one for Lotus. This year is unlikely to bear resemblance to last season's impressive campaign when the British team opened with victory at the Australian Grand Prix. Just getting through F1's first race of the...
  • Lotus already staring down long Formula One season March 7, 2014

    The Formula One season hasn't even started and it's already looking like a long one for Lotus. This year is unlikely to bear resemblance to last season's impressive campaign when the British team opened with victory at the Australian Grand Prix. Just getting through F1's first race of the season seems...
  • Team Lotus renews engine deal with Renault February 20, 2014

    Lotus and Renault have extended their Formula One partnership for 2014 and beyond, both sides announced in a statement on Thursday. The deal was seen as a formality, with Lotus testing in Bahrain this week with their new car ahead of the season starting in Australia on March 16. Lotus, the former...
  • Former Lotus boss Eric Boullier joins McLaren January 29, 2014

    Jerez: Former Lotus Formula One team principal Eric Boullier is joining McLaren in the newly created role of Racing Director. McLaren said in a statement released during preseason testing in Spain that the Frenchman would start work at Woking on February 3. The team said Boullier would report to a yettobeappointed McLaren Racing...
  • Formula One: Lotus shrug off front wing controversy January 28, 2014

    Jerez: The Lotus Formula One team have shrugged off controversy surrounding the eyecatching split nose on their 2014 car. "We have passed all the necessary crash tests and are very confident our design complies with all the FIA legal requirements," technical director Nick Chester told the team website on Tuesday. "We...
  • Gerard Lopez takes over as Lotus team principal January 24, 2014

    Enstone: Lotus say that Gerard Lopez has replaced Eric Boullier as team principal ahead of the 2014 Formula One season. Lopez, who is also the cochairman of the Englishbased team, says in a statement that "great things have been achieved over the past years and we need to continue this momentum." Pastor...
  • Lotus boss expects more teams to miss first F1 test January 9, 2014

    London: Lotus will not be the only team to miss Formula One's first preseason test in Spain this month, principal Eric Boullier said on Thursday. Lotus, who finished fourth overall last year despite financial difficulties, announced this week that they would skip the Jerez test starting on January 28 because their...
  • 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...