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Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012

Expectations met for Lotus

Lotus team principal Eric Bouiller has expressed satisfaction at the team's performance during the Italian Grand Prix. The team recorded their fastest ever pit stop, 2.44s for Jerome d'Ambrosio, and claimed ten points. "From this weekend I don’t think we could have expected better. The key to a good championship position at the end of the season is always scoring points, even when it is a difficult weekend. Kimi delivered exactly as we wanted from him today and moving to third in the standings is […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lotus delays 'the device' debut until Suzuka

Lotus will not race its highly-anticipated double DRS-inspired 'device' at least until Suzuka next month. The Enstone based team intended to use the straightline speed-boosting system at Spa, but Friday's practice sessions were a washout. And Lotus will also not fit the device to Kimi Raikkonen and Jerome d'Ambrosio's cars at Monza, due to the unique low-downforce configuration of the historic track. "In Singapore you won't see it either," said technical director James Allison, "because it's too high a downforce circuit with insufficient straights for […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lotus will not race double-DRS 'device' at Monza

Lotus' double DRS-inspired "device" will remain on the back-burner for yet another grand prix. The Enstone based team wanted to qualify and race the device at Spa last weekend, but Lotus changed course due to Friday's practice washout. And according to French sources sport24.com and autohebdo.fr, team boss Eric Boullier has also ruled out fitting the straightline speed-boosting concept to the E20 cars for Sunday's Italian grand prix. Sport24.com said the decision was made because of the "characteristics" of the Monza track, which is the […]

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mercedes runs 'triple DRS' at Spa

Forget double-DRS, Mercedes has reportedly upped the ante and debuted a 'triple-DRS' concept at Spa. The German squad pioneered the straightline speed-boosting idea this year, and at recent grands prix Lotus has been trying to get a similar system up and running. Mercedes has now taken the next step, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. The publication on Saturday christened the Brackley based team's new idea 'triple-DRS'. Nico Rosberg reportedly tested the new configuration - with the aerodynamics stalling at high speed in no […]

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012

Alonso fastest in FP3

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. Alonso's time of 1:48.542 was a tenth faster than Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen's time will give Lotus confidence, after wet weather on Friday forced them to abandon 'The Device' - thought to be a Double DRS - on both cars. It is thought they will be tested again in preparation for the Japanese Grand Prix next month. It was a good morning for Sauber, who ended third and fourth with Sergio Perez and […]

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012

McLaren running 'unusual sidepods' at Spa

At Spa on Friday, McLaren's 2012 car was sporting the most visibly obvious development, in the wake of F1's month-long summer break. The concept was described by Auto Motor und Sport as a pair of "unusual sidepods" for the MP4-27, featuring almost a second layer or wing above the top surface. But the German publication said the Swiss team Sauber actually first thought of the idea, with the gap between the surfaces apparently speeding up the air as on its way to the rear of […]

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012

Lotus drivers frustrated by weather

Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean expressed their frustration at the weather hindering their chance to test the Double DRS on the E20. "There’s not much to say about today. It was too wet to run and there was little point as the forecast is for better conditions over the next two days. I’m looking forward to driving the circuit in the dry. It’s a shame that we haven’t been able to evaluate our new developments as it would have been interesting to see […]

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012

Kobayashi on top at soggy Spa

Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest time in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Japanese driver's time of 2:11.389 was the best in a session affected by heavy rain. The 90 minute session began in wet conditions, with only Kobayashi setting a lap time. With around forty minutes remaining, following a period of intense rainfall, the drivers returned to the track. There's no doubt that the heavy rain will be a source of frustration for the drivers after a five week break. The rain […]

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012

Lotus could end victory drought in Belgium

The buzzword in the Spa paddock is 'Lotus'. Already a standout performer of the 2012 season, the black and gold E20 is long overdue for a victory. Belgium could be just the place. Only Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher have won more times in the Ardennes than Kimi Raikkonen (4). And, for the first time in 2012, he and teammate Romain Grosjean are tipped to race the Enstone based team's new 'double DRS' innovation, which on Spa's long straights could provide a big advantage. "On […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

McLaren to debut double-DRS at Spa

McLaren may also be preparing a 'double DRS'-like system for this weekend's Belgian grand prix. We reported early this month that the British team looked set to follow Mercedes and Lotus' lead in developing an iteration of the straightline speed-boosting concept. "It's not like the Lotus one, but we are studying such a system," McLaren's sporting director Sam Michael was quoted as saying. Mercedes debuted the concept early this season, and after practicing with a similar system at recent races, Lotus' technical boss James Allison […]

Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012

Grosjean hoping upgrades pay off

Romain Grosjean is hoping that planned upgrades to the Lotus E20 will boost the team when F1 returns in Belgium next weekend. Grosjean sits eighth in the championship, level on points with Jenson Button. "It’s going to be good. I hope the upgrades to the car are going to make the difference. If we’d had the pace we  displayed at Budapest on a more normal track with better places to overtake we could have taken the win. Spa is a more regular circuit with good […]

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012

F1 legends say 2012 is best ever season

The current season is the best season ever in the history of Formula One. That is the view of triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, in a piece published in the September edition of F1 Racing.  "I think 2012 is the best F1 season I've ever seen - I can't remember one better" "The racing is sensational" Sir Jackie said that part of the reason was because of the competitive nature of the 2012 field. "It's not just McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull - you've had […]