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Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013

F1's biggest spender is Red Bull says Whitmarsh

After Ferrari denied it is the biggest spender in Formula One, McLaren says the most financially powerful team in pitlane is actually Red Bull. Like Ferrari, Red Bull denies it, but McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh insists "everyone knows" that the energy drink-owned team - the dominant world champions for the last four seasons consecutively - spends the most. In fact, Whitmarsh said that meteoric level of spending has actually "distorted the sport". And he said his counterpart Christian Horner's claim that Red Bull doesn't spend […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lotus to announce Kovalainen as Raikkonen replacement

Lotus is poised to announce Heikki Kovalainen as the replacement for his surgery-bound countryman Kimi Raikkonen for the last two races of 2013. It emerged earlier that the Enstone based team, despite having last year's GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi as its reserve driver, had made an offer to Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg turned it down, but it was a clear sign that Italian Valsecchi was not in fact the obvious favourite for the role, as Lotus tries desperately to improve its position in the lucrative […]

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013

Salo backs Raikkonen's surgery over Lotus finale

Late last week, there was no sign Kimi Raikkonen was planning to sit out the last two grands prix of his Lotus career. Indeed, late on Friday, the team released its official preview of the US grand prix, in which it appeared the Finn's now tense relationship with Lotus had eased. "He is completely on-side," said team boss Eric Boullier, while Raikkonen was quoted as saying he was "particularly looking forward" to the race weekend. Within two days, Lotus was issuing a new statement, confirming […]

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013

Boullier: Raikkonen completely on side

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says that Kimi Raikkonen is 'on side' after talks across the weekend in Abu Dhabi. Raikkonen came close to not racing at the Yas Marina Circuit but Boullier says that the Finn is on side with two races remaining in 2013, prior to Raikkonen's departure to Ferrari. "He is completely on side. We all spoke in Abu Dhabi to make sure we know where we’re going –and how we’re getting there – for the final races of the year," said […]

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013

Hulkenberg set for Lotus after Quantum deal

The head of the Quantum Motorsports consortium says a deal to buy into the Lotus team has been done - and he has urged the team to sign Nico Hulkenberg. Lotus announced earlier in the year that the group of investors from the Middle East - under the banner Quantum Motorsports - were set to purchase 35% of the team. "There is no question that the deal is definitely happening," Mansoor Ijaz, head of Quantum Motorsports, told Autosport. "I will even go out as far […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Maldonado yet to decide on future

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado says he has not yet taken a decision on where he will drive in 2014. Maldonado has scored just a single point all season and is thought to be engineering a move to Lotus, alongside Romain Grosjean. Lotus team principal Eric Boullier revealed in India that the team is speaking to Maldonado about a potential drive in 2014. "At the moment, I don’t have a decision," Maldonado told NBC Sports ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "The decision will be […]

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

Lotus apologises over Raikkonen radio message

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has apologised for the heated radio messages that were exchanged between the team and Kimi Raikkonen during the Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was struggling on worn tyres and was told to "get out of the f***ing way" by one Lotus team member. Raikkonen, who sent back a similarly angry reply, was battling with team-mate Romain Grosjean for third place, with Felipe Massa close behind. Grosjean eventually finished the race in third, while Raikkonen was forced to pit for fresh tyres […]

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lotus admits talks with Maldonado

Eric Boullier has admitted Pastor Maldonado is in the running to race for Lotus in 2014. But at the same time, the Enstone based team's boss made it clear that his preferred pick to replace the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen is Nico Hulkenberg. "I would love to (sign him)," Frenchman Boullier told F1's official website. "This is the recommendation that I gave to my board." The board, however, will have to weigh its decision against financial considerations, with Lotus' 35 per cent sale to a group […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hulkenberg's manager denies 2014 deal done

Nico Hulkenberg, the new key to unlocking the remainder of the 2014 'silly season', has not signed a deal yet. That was the claim on Tuesday of his manager Werner Heinz, amid reports German Hulkenberg has now committed to a team for next season. Lotus boss Eric Boullier on Monday was quoted as saying 26-year-old Hulkenberg was the team's "choice" 2014 pick, but he has also been linked to Force India, McLaren, or even staying at Sauber. "I think Hulkenberg is still a little undecided, […]

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lotus waiting until it 'can afford' Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg is at the front of queue for 2014 so long as Lotus "can afford him", team boss Eric Boullier admitted on Thursday. Frenchman Boullier said Felipe Massa also has not been ruled out as departing Kimi Raikkonen's successor, but Lotus is waiting on pending deals with investors as well as Renault. Raikkonen caused a stir recently when he revealed he decided to switch to Ferrari next year only because he has been left waiting for his pay. The main holdup, it seems, is […]

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013

Grosjean was 'begging for team orders'

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says that Romain Grosjean was "begging" for team orders during the closing laps of the Korean Grand Prix. Grosjean made a mistake exiting the final corner and was passed by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Grosjean's attempts at re-passing Raikkonen were thwarted by the appearance of the fire truck immediately after he was overtaken by the Finn. The Frenchman was heard on the radio asking to be allowed through, but Boullier informed his driver that he would have to race Raikkonen if […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Raikkonen eager to race despite back pain

Kimi Raikkonen says he will try and take part in the Singapore Grand Prix, after back pain affected his preparations for the race on Saturday. Raikkonen's running in final practice was restricted due to the discomfort, thought to relate to a trapped nerve. In qualifying, the Finn was eliminated in the second segment, setting a time fast enough for only thirteenth on the grid. "This morning was very bad," he said. "It was good that we drove in qualifying in the end but not the […]