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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lotus: Grosjean did not brake test Verstappen

Lotus has dismissed suggestions that Romain Grosjean brake-tested Max Verstappen in the lead up to their collision at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend. Grosjean was defending 10th position from the Toro Rosso driver when Verstappen clipped the back of his rival on the approach to Sainte Devote and consequently slammed into the barriers. Verstappen retired on the spot while Grosjean recovered to finish in 12th position. In the immediate aftermath Verstappen accused Grosjean of brake testing him, a claim he re-iterated on his official […]

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lotus vows to recover after disastrous session

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane insists that their showing during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix is not representative of the pace of the E22. Romain Grosjean set the 21st fastest time while Pastor Maldonado was unable to set a time due to delays in getting out on track after a power unit issue. "Today was not a reflection of all the hard work going on at Enstone and on track to get ourselves where we want to be," said Permane. "Qualifying at the […]

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Lotus chairman defends Raikkonen

Lotus F1 Team chairman Gerard Lopez has insisted that he maintains a good relationship with Kimi Raikkonen, amid speculation of problems after the Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was reportedly unhappy at being sworn at over team radio during the race as he battled with team-mate Romain Grosjean. Raikkonen will move to Ferrari next season but Lopez says that Raikkonen is still committed in the fight for second in the constructors' championship. "I speak with Kimi more than a lot of people probably realise and we […]

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Grosjean caught out by track evolution

A tyre gamble during the first part of qualifying failed to pay off for Romain Grosjean as he was eliminated from the session. Grosjean hoped to progress through to Q2 without using the option tyres, but the rapid evolution of the track caught him out, leaving him down in 17th place. "We took a gamble once again to try just one run on the prime tyres in Q1, and although it’s been a successful tactic for us recently it didn’t pay off this time," he […]

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grosjean 'getting better and better'

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane believes that Romain Grosjean has been getting 'better and better' through the 2013 season. Grosjean had a low key start to 2013 after some controversial moments in 2012, but finished on the podium in Germany and qualified in third place in Singapore. "I think Romain himself has made - I wouldn't call it a breakthrough - but since the Nurburgring, Hungary, he's just been getting better and better and better," said Permane. While Grosjean ended up retiring in Singapore, […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

No more 'passive DRS' for Lotus in 2013

Lotus will no longer use the 'passive DRS' system that has often appeared on the black and gold E21 in 2013. "No, it probably won't be seen again this season," said the team's trackside boss Alan Permane. "We have not given up on it, but it still doesn't work perfectly," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "And we simply don't want to spend any more time on it. "Our technical department is now working more or less exclusively on the car for next season," […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lotus struggling with 'money problems'

Troubling signs of financial weakness are emerging from Lotus. The authoritative German website motorsport-total reports that, although in the hunt for the 2013 title, the Genii-owned outfit is "struggling to survive" under EUR 120 million in debt. For example, although Kimi Raikkonen is second only to Sebastian Vettel in the chase for the drivers' championship, development of the 2013 car is apparently all but over. Asked also about rumours of 'money problems', leading Lotus engineer Alan Permane admitted to Auto Motor und Sport: "We have […]

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pirelli drops 'conservative' Hungary compound choice

Pirelli has reversed its decision to bring harder tyres to the forthcoming Hungarian grand prix. Lotus had questioned the F1 supplier's "unusual" call in taking the same tyres to tight and twisty Hungary as it did to Bahrain and Silverstone. Chief engineer Alan Permane added that Pirelli's choice was too "conservative", even though teams like Mercedes and Red Bull pushed for it. But the BBC reports that Pirelli has now tweaked its compound choice for Hungary, replacing the 'hard' with the 'soft'. The tyre supplier […]

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013

Raikkonen relaxed after promising practice

Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus is in the hunt after practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Raikkonen was fourth quickest in second practice, with his Lotus E21 also demonstrating strong race pace. "It was a pretty normal Friday. We tried some things on the car, ran with some different tyres and we’ll have a look at all the data to see where we think we are," he said. "We finished the day not too far off the fastest time, so we can say that the day […]

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013

Allergy almost sidelined Raikkonen in Bahrain

He ultimately finished second, but Kimi Raikkonen was almost not well enough to contest Sunday's Bahrain grand prix. Finnish sources MTV3 and Turun Sanomat report that the Lotus driver was late for the pre-race driver parade because he was suffering from an allergic reaction. "He gets it 3 or 4 times a year," the 2007 world champion's trainer Mark Arnall admitted. "We have no idea where it came from just before the race, but it affects mainly his skin, and not so much his eyes." […]

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lotus denies engine maps issue will slow 2013 car

Ahead of the final pre-season test and 2013 season opener, Lotus has played down a new controversy about engine maps. We reported on Monday that, after Red Bull were told to stop using certain 'maps' mid last season, the similarly Renault-powered Lotus was now also embroiled in a similar controversy. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said the FIA directive issued in August of last year still applied for 2013, despite Red Bull and Lotus assuming it related exclusively to last season's championship. But on Wednesday, […]

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Grosjean content after race simulation

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean expressed his satisfaction after conducting a race simulation in his E21. The Frenchman set the third fastest time in the morning and completed 119 laps. "I think I’m ready for a sleep after so many laps in the car!" "It’s good to see reliability today to add to the pace we’ve already seen in the car. We’re still at an early stage of development so it’s really promising to see where we are," he said. "It was difficult out on track […]