Lotus

  • Kimi Raikkonen opted to leave Lotus over payment dispute September 19, 2013

    Singapore: Kimi Raikkonen made the decision to rejoin Ferrari next season after Lotus failed to pay his salary, the Finn admitting he would still fulfil his duties over the final seven races of his contract because he "loved to race". Last week, the 33-year-old agreed to replace Felipe Massa as Fernando...
  • Raikkonen exit puts Lotus top of vacancy list September 12, 2013

    London: Lotus can take time to announce a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen because they are now the Formula One team with the most sought after driver vacancy, team principal Eric Boullier said on Wednesday. Champions Red Bull and their main rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have now finalised their 2014 lineups, with...
  • Lotus confident Kimi Raikkonen will stay August 27, 2013

    London: McLaren considered signing Kimi Raikkonen last year but there have been no talks - so far - with their former driver since last season, team principal Martin Whitmarsh said on Tuesday. Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One champion with Ferrari who is now with Lotus, is at the heart of paddock...
  • Lotus confident Kimi Raikkonen will stay August 26, 2013

    Spa-Francorchamps: Lotus expect to finalise an investment deal imminently and are confident Kimi Raikkonen will decide to stay on next season, according to the Formula One team's principal Eric Boullier. "Yes, I am (confident). He loves this team. He likes to be here and he likes the environment we created...
  • Brake failure in Spa ends Raikkonen's points run August 25, 2013

    Spa-Francorchamps: Kimi Raikkonen watched the end of the Belgian Grand Prix from the garage for once as his long points-scoring run ended at 27 races because of right brake failure. He is arguably the most consistent driver in Formula One and it was a rare sight to see his car crawl...
  • Lotus know what to do to keep me, says Kimi Raikkonen August 23, 2013

    Belgium: Kimi Raikkonen made clear on Friday that his Lotus Formula One team had issues to resolve before he could have serious discussions about staying on next season. Speaking to reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after crying off 'sick' on Thursday in the face of a wave of speculation about...
  • Kimi Raikkonen evasive over his plans for next season August 23, 2013

    Spa: Kimi Raikkonen is keeping his options open. The Finn has yet to commit to Lotus for next season and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has hinted that the door is still open for him to replace Mark Webber, who is soon retiring. That would offer Red Bull a dynamic...
  • Romain Grosjean a changed man on return to Spa August 23, 2013

    Belgium: Apart from becoming a father over the August holiday break, Romain Grosjean has returned to the Belgian Grand Prix as a changed man on the track as well. The Lotus Formula One driver was dubbed a 'first lap nutcase' by Australian Mark Webber last year and was banned for a...
  • Red Bull not ruling out Raikkonen for vacant seat August 22, 2013

    Belgium: Formula One champions Red Bull have not ruled out Kimi Raikkonen for their vacant seat next season even if the Finn's manager appears to have done so, team principal Christian Horner said on Thursday. "I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment," the Briton told reporters in a teasing, cat-and-mouse...
  • Case filled against US bank for discriminating Asian businesses August 22, 2013

    Two Indian customers have filed an unusual lawsuit alleging discrimination against a bank set up by members of the Indian and east Asian businesses in the US city of Michigan. Jasit Takhar and Anil Gupta last March filed the case against Novi-based Lotus Bancorp Inc and three of its senior officers...
  • Kimi Raikkonen offers plenty to talk about at Belgian GP August 21, 2013

    London: Kimi Raikkonen, the least garrulous of Formula One drivers, is the man everyone is talking about ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at his favourite SpaFrancorchamps circuit. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel may be well on his way to a fourth successive title, with four wins already and the second...
  • Kimi Raikkonen will not drive for Red Bull in 2014: Manager August 19, 2013

    London: Kimi Raikkonen will not drive for Formula One champions Red Bull next season after talks broke down, his manager said on Monday. The Finn is out of contract at Lotus at the end of the season and was a leading contender to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull when...
  • Raikkonen tests GP3 car at Barcelona circuit August 17, 2013

    Kimi Raikkonen got back on track a week ahead of his Formula One rivals when he completed 270 km of testing in a GP3 car at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Friday. Formula One, which ends an August shutdown at the Belgian Grand Prix next week, bans regular testing during the...
  • Kimi Raikkonen to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari? August 14, 2013

    Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is all set to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari in the 2014 season, according to reports from Finnish newspaper IltaSanomat. The 2007 world champion's contract with Lotus ends at the end of the year, and he has been heavily linked to replace Mark Webber at Red...
  • Kimi Raikkonen will stay at Lotus: Eric Boullier August 10, 2013

    Rubbishing the reports of their driver Kimi Raikkonen replacing Mark Webber at Red Bull, Lotus boss Eric Boullier is confident that the Finn will be staying with the team for the 2014 season. Raikkonen has been linked with Mark Webber's soontobevacant seat at Red Bull after the Australian announced that he...
  • Skipping 2014 Indian GP will hurt country's image: Jackie Stewart August 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The threetime world champion Sir Jackie Stewart feels the scrapping of 2014 Indian Grand Prix to enable the Formula One organisers to tweak the calendar will hurt the country's image in the motorsports world. Stewart, whose connection with India dates back to his forays into the car market...
  • My first win is just around the corner: Romain Grosjean August 5, 2013

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is confident that he will record his first Formula 1 win this season. After a lacklustre start to the 2013 season, Grosjean finished third in Germany and sixth in Hungary and believes that his career's maiden win is just around the corner. "We proved in Germany and...
  • I prefer Kimi Raikkonen over Fernando Alonso as teammate: Vettel July 31, 2013

    Red Bull star Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he would prefer Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus as his teammate rather than Fernando Alonso next season. With Mark Webber deciding to leave Formula One at the end of the current season, Red Bull are in the market for a new racer to...
  • Romain Grosjean cleared to race from third place July 28, 2013

    Budapest: Race stewards upheld Romain Grosjean's third place on the Hungarian Grand Prix starting grid on Saturday after deciding that accidental damage had caused his Lotus to fail a postqualifying stress test. Technical delegate Jo Bauer had referred Lotus to the stewards after the front floor of the Frenchman's car was...
  • Romain Grosjean fastest in 3rd practice for Hungarian GP July 27, 2013

    Budapest: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was fastest in the third and final practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of qualifying later Saturday. The Frenchman has found form again recently, finishing third at the German GP three weeks ago to end a streak in which he failed to place inside...
  • Romain Grosjean wanted to take part in Young Driver Test July 21, 2013

    While most of the regular drivers opted out of the Young Driver Test, Romain Grosjean says he would have relished a run. Formula One was in action at Silverstone this past week with mainly young drivers putting in three days of the British track during which the revised Pirelli tyres...
  • Kimi Raikkonen to race at a charity event July 15, 2013

    Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed that he will be driving at the eighth edition of the 'Everts & Friends Charity Race' on Sunday (21 July). Raikkonen has been listed as the special guest of the 2013 edition of a unique motocross and cyclocross event, to be held on the Horensbergdam...
  • Kimi Raikkonen to take part in F1 'young driver' test July 12, 2013

    London: Nicolas Prost, Davide Valsecchi and the experienced Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Lotus Formula 1 team during an unusual Young Driver Test at Silverstone July 1719. The test originally intended solely for young drivers, but adapted to allow race drivers to test Pirelli's new tyres will see development...
  • Team by team analysis of German Grand Prix July 8, 2013

    Team by team analysis of Sunday's German Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order): RED BULL (Sebastian Vettel 1, Mark Webber 7) A first win at home and first in July for triple world champion Vettel, who never looked back from overtaking polesitter Lewis Hamilton at the first corner, just holding...
  • Radio silence for Raikkonen, Mercedes fall away July 8, 2013

    Nuerburgring: Kimi Raikkonen had to contend with a faulty radio as he tried to chase down German Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel but the Lotus driver was far happier than his Mercedes counterparts after they flopped in the team's home race. The Finn made a late switch of tyres in a...
  • Vettel wins the German Grand Prix for the first time July 7, 2013

    Nuerburgring: Threetime Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged ahead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil. There were no tire blowouts but the race had...
  • Lotus apologise to Kimi Raikkonen for wrong strategy July 2, 2013

    London: Lotus have apologised to Kimi Raikkonen for an incorrect strategy call that denied the Finn a likely podium finish in Sunday's British Grand Prix. Team principal Eric Boullier, who is facing a tugofwar with Red Bull for the 2007 world champion's services next year, recognised in a preview for this...
  • Hamilton warned; Bottas fined during practice run at Silverstone June 29, 2013

    Silverstone: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was reprimanded by the stewards after making a late entry to the pit lane while Williams' Valtteri Bottas was fined 1,000 (856) for pit lane speeding during Friday's second free practice session at Silverstone as per reported by www.gpupdate.net Team Lotus were also reprimanded for releasing Kimi...
  • F1 to introduce penalty system for drivers in 2014 June 29, 2013

    Silverstone: Along with new engines, the 2014 F1 season will have plenty of other changes including a penalty point system for drivers and expanded testing to be allowed, the World Motor Sports Council announced on Friday. The penalty system is being introduced following a string of crashes involving young drivers...
  • Lotus hope to convince Kimi Raikkonen to stay June 29, 2013

    Silverstone, England: Lotus are hopeful that they can win a tugofwar with Formula One champions Red Bull for Kimi Raikkonen's services next season. "Red Bull is chasing Kimi and we obviously want to keep Kimi," Lotus team principal Eric Boullier told reporters at the British Grand Prix on Friday where Red...