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  • 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...
  • Raikkonen looks to revive title campaign June 28, 2013

    Silverstone: Kimi Raikkonen has suddenly found his stock on the rise since Mark Webber announced he's leaving Formula One after this season. But Raikkonen insisted on Thursday that his attention for the moment was fixed firmly on this weekend's British Grand Prix and getting back on the podium. Webber said earlier...
  • Raikkonen on Red Bull radar, Webber's future uncertain June 27, 2013

    Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel could soon have a new teammate, as Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is strongly linked with a move to Red Bull next year that puts Mark Webber's future with the team in serious doubt. The relationship between Vettel and Webber has been hovering over tense grounds, especially...
  • Consortium takes 35 percent stake in Lotus F1 June 19, 2013

    London: The Lotus F1 team announced on Tuesday that a consortium of private investors, including an American hedge fund manager and an Abu Dhabibased multinational business group, had acquired a 35 percent stake. The Britishbased team said in a statement that Infinity Racing Partners Limited had joined Luxembourgbased Genii Capital, who...
  • Lotus team principal Boullier confident of recovery June 18, 2013

    Despite poor performances in Monaco and Montreal, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is confident that his team will bounce back to be at the front of the grid. Lotus' lead driver Kimi Raikkonen started the season with a win in Australia and also by claiming four other podiums. In Bahrain both...
  • Raikkonen and Ricciardo demoted for pit lane error June 9, 2013

    Montreal: Formula One title contender Kimi Raikkonen and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo were handed two place grid penalties for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after pit lane offences in qualifying. They were penalised by Formula One stewards for jumping the queue to leave the pit lane after the second qualifying session had been...
  • Kimi Raikkonen closes in on F1 record scoring run June 5, 2013

    London: Kimi Raikkonen has one of Michael Schumacher's Formula One records in his sights this weekend at the Canadian circuit where the nowretired seven times world champion won more races than anyone else. If Raikkonen finishes in the top 10 in Montreal, the Lotus driver will equal Schumacher's record of 24...
  • Vettel under pressure to get pole at Monaco GP May 25, 2013

    Monaco: Sebastian Vettel needs to rediscover his speed in qualifying if he is to protect his overall Formula One lead at the Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco is the hardest track to overtake on in F1, with only two drivers winning from outside of pole position in the last 10 years, so...
  • Kimi Raikkonen would rather be left alone May 23, 2013

    Monaco: Kimi Raikkonen would much rather be left alone but he is happy to admit that sometimes he does not know what he is doing. Social media is never going to be the Finn's thing and the Lotus driver has never hidden his distaste for interviews but he overcame his...
  • Kimi Raikkonen plays down Monaco Grand Prix chances May 22, 2013

    Monaco: The Monaco Grand Prix should be less about tire degradation and more about pole position, as Formula One returns for its showcase race on a street circuit that is notoriously difficult to overtake on. That will be good news for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but less so for Lotus...
  • Lotus boss Boullier unhappy with Pirelli tyre changes May 17, 2013

    London: Pirelli's decision to change the Formula One tyres after just six races penalises those who have done a better job than others in getting the existing ones to work, Lotus principal Eric Boullier said on Thursday. "Just imagine for a moment that because a football team can't run as fast...
  • Ferrari, Lotus the F1 winners on return to Europe May 13, 2013

    London: The first European race of the Formula One season provided a boost for Ferrari and Fernando Alonso, with Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen also smiling, but left plenty of other former champions feeling the pain. While Red Bull retained their lead in both championships, they struggled with similar tyre problems...
  • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso wins Spanish Grand Prix 2013 May 12, 2013

    Barcelona: Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix by nearly 10 seconds in a dominant performance in front of his jubilant home fans on Sunday to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get right back in the Formula One title race. Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second for...
  • Raikkonen focuses on title challenge, not future May 9, 2013

    Barcelona: Kimi Raikkonen is confident he can put questions about his future to one side and fight for the Formula One title this season. Four races into the season, the 2007 champion is second overall and only 10 points behind threetime defending champion Sebastian Vettel heading into this weekend's Spanish Grand...
  • Technical director Allison leaves Lotus F1 team May 8, 2013

    London: Highlyrated technical director James Allison is leaving Lotus and will be replaced by Nick Chester, the Formula One team said on Wednesday. The announcement before the first race of the European season in Spain this weekend will be seen as a blow for Finnish Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, the...
  • Di Resta urges Force India to go the extra mile April 23, 2013

    London: Paul Di Resta has urged his Force India team to go the extra mile to help him secure his first Formula One podium after another nearmiss in Bahrain on Sunday. The Briton equalled his career best with fourth place at Sakhir, leading the race for three laps and tantalisingly close...
  • Raikkonen fastest in second practice at Bahrain GP April 19, 2013

    Sakhir: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen drove the fastest time in the second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, followed by the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel on Friday. Raikkonen, who won the seasonopening Australian GP and lay second behind Vettel in the drivers' championship, was 0.03 seconds...
  • Drivers must obey the team, says Lotus boss April 5, 2013

    London: Formula One drivers have a duty to obey team orders, Lotus principal Eric Boullier said on Friday as the aftershocks of Sebastian Vettel's controversial Malaysian Grand Prix win rumbled on. World champion Vettel triumphed for Red Bull in Sepang after ignoring instructions to stay in second place behind Australian...
  • Kimi Raikkonen to start 10th after grid penalty March 23, 2013

    Sepang: Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus set the seventh fastest time in a rain affected qualifying of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix here on Saturday. The Finn will however start the Sunday's race from tenth position after receiving a three place grid penalty for blocking Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. Raikkonen's teammate...
  • Red Bull's Vettel fastest in third practice at Malaysian GP March 23, 2013

    Sepang: Threetime defending champion Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the third practice ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, beating out Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Force India's Adrian Sutil. Red Bull's Vettel edged Hamilton's time by 0.133 seconds. It was competitive final session with nine drivers only 0.514 seconds apart...
  • Raikkonen finishes fastest in second practice at Malaysian GP March 22, 2013

    Sepang: Kimi Raikkonen continued his surprisingly strong start to the Formula One season, posting the fastest time in second practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, outpacing defending champion Sebastian Vettel before rain hit the circuit on Friday. The Lotus driver sent a clear message that his victory at the season-opening Australian...
  • Mark Webber fastest in opening practice in Malaysia March 22, 2013

    Sepang: Red Bull driver Mark Webber drove the quickest time in the first practice ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, edging Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen as the Australian looks for his first victory in over six months. Webber, who finished a disappointing sixth at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last week,...
  • Fernando Alonso happy with Ferrari but Lotus a concern March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Fernando Alonso sounded upbeat about Ferrari's Formula One title chances on Sunday despite being outpaced by Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus in a thrilling Australian season-opener. The sport's most successful team made a far more promising start than last year, when they had a troubled car, with Alonso's Brazilian team mate...
  • Lewis Hamilton sees promise in Mercedes March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes looked more masterstroke than miss-step on Sunday as the Briton battled to fifth place in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix while his former team McLaren struggled to score. Having abandoned the team that nurtured him for six seasons and secured him a world championship...
  • We're not as good as we thought: Mark Webber March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Red Bull's failure to win the Australian Grand Prix after hogging the front row of the grid has shown the championship team they were not as good as they thought they were, a disappointed Mark Webber said on Sunday. The 36-year-old Australian lined up second behind pole-sitting team-mate Sebastian...
  • Grosjean heads wet final practice at Australian Grand Prix March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was fastest in a rain-hit final practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Grosjean was ahead of Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, although most drivers did not set meaningful times. Grosjean's best was more than a second slower than Vettel's fastest time on...
  • Raikkonen quietly confident as Lotus car behaves well March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Lotus's assured performance in Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix was not quite enough to raise a smile from Kimi Raikkonen, but the former world champion was pleased to be within reach of pace-setters Red Bull. Raikkonen, third in the championship last year, and his French team mate...
  • Lotus confident of no repeat of suspension issues in Barcelona test February 12, 2013

    London: Lotus are confident next week's second preseason test in Barcelona will see no repeat of the failure that halted the Formula One team's efforts at the Spanish track a year ago. Then, as this year, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean had looked quick in the first test in Jerez...
  • Lotus boss Boullier eyes topthree finish in 2013 January 30, 2013

    Enstone, England: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is looking to go one better than last year and get a topthree finish this season in the Formula One constructors' championship. Lotus finished fourth behind McLaren with 303 points in an inconsistent campaign punctuated by one Grand Prix win and several podiums for...
  • Lotus Formula One team launches 2013 car January 29, 2013

    Oxfordshire: Lotus have become the first Formula One team to unveil their car for the 2013 season after curtains were drawn from the Renault powered E21 in an online launch at the team's Enstone base here. The car was revealed to team partners on site Monday, streamed live on YouTube and...