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Posted on Monday, December 21, 2015

Renault finalises takeover of Lotus

Renault has finalised its purchase of the Lotus Formula 1 team ahead of its full-scale return as a works outfit next season. Renault signed a letter of intent to buy the squad in September and formally confirmed its intentions at the start of December, though still had to complete the final stages. "On Friday 18 December 2015, Groupe Renault and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl, an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, formally and successfully completed the acquisition by Groupe Renault of a controlling shareholding of Lotus F1 Team Limited," read a […]

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015

Palmer aims for 'long-term' Renault future

Jolyon Palmer says that he wants to remain with Renault long-term, as he prepares to make his Formula 1 debut with the Enstone outfit in 2016. Palmer, the 2014 GP2 champion, joined Lotus at the start of the year as its reserve driver and participated in 13 Friday practice sessions alongside several test outings in the E23 Hybrid. Romain Grosjean's departure to Haas created a vacancy and Palmer inked a deal to race for the team in 2016, next to Pastor Maldonado, but is already […]

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Renault confirms take over of Lotus

Renault has formally confirmed its purchase of the Lotus squad, paving the way for its return as a full works team in 2016. Renault operated the Enstone outfit between 2002 and 2009, after which it was owned by Genii Capital, which changed the name of the team to Lotus prior to 2012. Renault has remained in the sport as an engine supplier to several teams and having signed a letter of intent in September, will now return to the squad which finished sixth in the […]

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015

Grosjean finishes Lotus career with points

Romain Grosjean hailed an "emotional journey" after he ended his Lotus career with points at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Grosjean finished the race in ninth place to bring down the curtain on a decade-long association with the Enstone operation prior to his switch to the new Haas F1 Team. "It’s been an emotional journey for me and I’m so happy to be able to reward everyone at Enstone with points in my final race for the team," he said, having moved forwards from 18th […]

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Renault edging closer to Lotus announcement

Renault's Cyril Abiteboul is optimistic that an announcement regarding the takeover of the Lotus squad can take place as early as next week. Renault signed a letter of intent to purchase the outfit in September and while employees of the French manufacturer have been working at Enstone for the past few months, no official confirmation has yet been forthcoming. "I’m afraid I can’t answer to that question," Abiteboul said when asked about Renault's 2016 plans. "I would like to be in a position to be […]

Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grosjean expecting emotional Lotus farewell

Romain Grosjean is expecting an emotional final race weekend at Lotus as he brings down the curtain on his 10-year association with the Enstone operation. Grosjean, who will switch to Haas next year, joined Renault's driver development programme prior to the 2006 season and became the outfit's test driver in 2008, graduating to a race seat mid-2009. Grosjean was not retained by the operation after Renault's exit but, having won the GP2 title, he returned to the team under its Lotus guise as a test […]

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015

Chester: Finances hurt Lotus E23 development

Lotus technical director Nick Chester says that development on the Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid has been hindered by financial constraints at the team in 2015. Lotus has been beset by money problems this year and was locked out of its hospitality unit in Japan, as it waits for a takeover from Renault. Chester is sure that Lotus would have competed for higher positions had it been able to sustain development on its 2015 challenger. "I was pleased with the car in a lot of ways but […]

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015

Lotus sure of Renault takeover deal

Lotus CEO Matthew Carter says he remains confident that Renault will follow through with its plans to purchase the Enstone squad ahead of the 2016 campaign. Renault signed a letter of intent in September to assume control of the team which it ran between 2002 and 2009, during which period it claimed the world championship twice. A deal between the parties has yet to be completed but Carter is sure that the situation will be successfully resolved. "Renault issued a letter of intent, so behind […]

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mixed emotions after Lotus secure midfield slots

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado expressed different emotions after securing 12th and 13th positions on the grid respectively for the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday. Grosjean believes the Lotus E23 Hybrid performed better than expected at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez while Maldonado was underwhelmed with the feel of the car. "We’re at a very high altitude, at a track with very low grip, requiring good downforce – which we know are not our strongest points - so we weren’t massively confident of our performance heading […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Palmer gets extra practice outings

Lotus test and reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will participate in the three remaining Friday first practice sessions for the team across the remainder of 2015, ahead of his graduation to a race seat in 2016. Palmer has participated in 10 first practice sessions this year in place of Romain Grosjean, who has opted to switch to Haas for 2016. Palmer was confirmed as Grosjean's replacement for next season and the Briton, who was originally meant to take part in 10 sessions this year, will now […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Grosjean says Haas move a 'calculated risk'

Current Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says his move to the new Haas team for 2016 is a 'calculated risk', due to the outfit's association with Ferrari. Grosjean admits that racing for Formula 1's new team in 2016 is a risky approach but cited its partnership with Ferrari, which has a vacancy for 2017, as part of his decision for making the move. "Life is a risk. Driving an F1 car is risky, racing is risky. I spoke with Guenther [Steiner] and Gene [Haas] - sure […]

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015

Lotus confirms Palmer for 2016

Lotus has confirmed that Jolyon Palmer will make his Formula 1 debut in 2016, replacing Haas-bound Romain Grosjean alongside Pastor Maldonado. Palmer, 24, won the GP2 title in 2014 and has occupied the position of test and reserve driver at the Enstone outfit this year, taking part in 10 Friday practice sessions and numerous tests in the E23 Hybrid. "I’m obviously delighted that I’ll be racing in Formula 1 next year," he said. "Lotus gave me a tremendous opportunity this season and I thank them […]