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Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Raikkonen back behind the wheel

“I have not sat in an F1 car since the last race of the 2009 season” smiled Kimi, as he jumped into the cockpit for his first seat fitting at Enstone today. The Finn spent his day at Lotus factory in Enstone, despite a heavy technical programme, took time to answer his fans’ questions. Kimi, today marked the first time you have been back in the cockpit of a Formula 1 car since 2009. How did it feel? The last time I was at Enstone I […]

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

Raikkonen and Grojsean to do Lotus demo run in Las Vegas

The Lotus F1 team is planning to hold a demonstration run with their Formula 1 cars in the streets of Las Vegas on February 18 and 19, 2012. The team's new drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grojsean will participate in the demonstration run, which will be held between the first and second winter testing sessions in Jerez and Barcelona. The Lotus demonstration run is part of a three day event called "F1 comes to Vegas", which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bahar: Raikkonen deserves to have higher value than normal driver

Speaking to a group of journalists at a media lunch in London on Monday, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar talked about Kimi Raikkonen's commercial value, the reasons behind hiring the 2007 Formula 1 world champion and the team's expectations of their number one driver next season. "Kimi is Kimi, and he is a world champion in F1. He deserves definitely to have a higher value than a normal driver, just because he is Kimi Raikkonen. It is always a big amount of money when you […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Q&A with Eric Boullier

What factors made you choose Romain Grosjean? It’s a challenging mission. Romain has been with us for quite a few months now and he has had several aims to achieve from the personal, professional and sporting points of view. He had to find his footing again in a team which he left in what were certainly not the most reassuring circumstances. He achieved all these aims one by one until we decided to give him the opportunity to drive for us in free practice in […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Lotus Renault to unveil 2012 car on Feb 6

Lotus Renault GP, which will be renamed as Lotus F1 next season, is planning to unveil their 2012-spec car on February 6, according to French media sources. The new car will be unveiled a day before the start of the first winter testing session at the Jerez circuit in Andalucia, Spain. Newly-signed Lotus Renault drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, will be present to unveil the new car, although the name of the car is still unknown. Since the team is is planing to adopt […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Manager to announce Petrov's 2012 plans this month

Vitaly Petrov's plans for the 2012 season will be announced before the end of December. This is the claim of his manager Oksana Kosachenko, following Lotus' decision to replace the Russian - despite his 2012 contract - with new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean. "First of all, I'd like to thank all our partners and fans for the support Vitaly received during those two seasons," Kosachenko told sportbox.ru. The Ria Novosti news agency claimed Kosachenko bemoaned the "testy relationship" between Petrov and the team in 2011. […]

Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Boullier: Relationship with Kubica at 'point zero'

Since Lotus Renault GP announced Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean as their drivers for next season, the future of Robert Kubica within the Enstone team looks increasingly uncertain. The Pole is still recovering from life-threatening injuries sustained in a rallying accident earlier this year, but his recovery is progressing more slowly than expected. Kubica announced last month that he would not be ready in time for the start of the 2012 season, prompting the Lotus Renault team to look for another lead driver to take […]

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011

Raikkonen suffers minor hand injury in snowmobile race

While taking part in the Swatch Snow Mobile race in Austria, Kimi Raikkonen lost control of his 75-horsepower snowmobile while approaching a corner too quickly and fell off, according to reports from Austrian website Sport10.at. The Swatch Snow Mobile Race is a five-day event held in the popular ski resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria. The 2007 Formula 1 world champion is reported to have fallen on the first run in the event, injuring his left wrist. Raikkonen was immediately attended to by two paramedics but […]

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011

Petrov out, Senna and d'Ambrosio as Lotus reserve drivers?

According to the French website Confidential Renault, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has hinted that are no connections between Russian driver Vitaly Petrov and the Lotus F1 team anymore. Petrov is not being considered for a reserve driver role at Lotus next year, after it was announced yesterday that Romain Grosjean would be the second Lotus driver in 2012. During an interview with the Russia 2 television channel at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Petrov had launched into an outburst against the team, criticizing them […]

Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011

Grosjean confirmed at Lotus Renault GP

Lotus has confirmed that reigning GP2 champion Romain Grosjean will join the team next season

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

2012 FIA regulations highlights with James Allison

Following the announcement of the FIA's 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations, Lotus Renault GP's Technical Director James Allison explained some of the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. Part one is featured below, with part two soon to follow. Lower Noses The car noses are lowered to 550mm above the reference plane (previously they could be 625mm high). This is to ensure that all parts of the nose are definitely below the height of the cockpit sides in the event of […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Petrov may swap Renault for Marussia

According to Russian press, a shock switch to the Marussia team in 2012 might be an option as Vitaly Petrov looks to rescue his F1 career. The French website Toile F1 also claims that Romain Grosjean, currently a reserve driver at Lotus-Renault GP, is close to signing a contract with the team. Lotus is reviewing its options after signing Kimi Raikkonen for 2012, with Petrov one of many candidates for the second seat alongside others including Romain Grosjean, Bruno Senna and Adrian Sutil. However, when […]